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Lucca Self-guided activities

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From Lucca to Pisa: Self-Guided Bike Tour

1. From Lucca to Pisa: Self-Guided Bike Tour

Follow the Serchio River and cycle along scenic country roads on the way to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa on this family-friendly self-guided tour. This easy/intermediate journey starts in Lucca and follows secondary country roads all around the Monti Pisani. Cycle down 33 kilometers of dirt and asphalt roads with the extra help of a hybrid or e-bike. Bikes are fitted with a phone holder, making it easy to follow the GPS directions on the application. The journey to Pisa takes between 2 to 4 hours. After approximately 20 kilometers, stop at San Giuliano Terme for a refreshing drink in the charming central square in front of the Spa. The itinerary ends in Piazza dei Miracoli, in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Return to Lucca on a direct route by bike or on a 25-minute train ride. The bikes fit easily into the train's storage wagons and train tickets can be purchased in advance from the local partner.

Lucca: Self-Guided Tour by Bike

2. Lucca: Self-Guided Tour by Bike

Avoid the restrictive itineraries of organized sightseeing tours and explore the historical center of Lucca independently. Rent a bike for the day and discover the main monuments without the stress of planning. Pedal at your own pace as you explore the city walls and see landmark attractions such as the Basilica of San Frediano. Continue to Piazza dell'Anfiteatro to look at the basilica church of San Michele in Foro. Cycle to Piazza Napoleone and Piazza del Giglio, where highlights include the historic Teatro del Giglio. End with a visit to the monumental Duomo di San Martino. 

Lucca: Self-Guided Bike Tour to the Wine Roads

3. Lucca: Self-Guided Bike Tour to the Wine Roads

Set off on a day trip in the typical Tuscan countryside with its ups and downs on this self-guided bike tour from Lucca. At the shop, you'll receive instructions to follow from a customized itinerary on a free app for mobile and all accessories to safely enjoy your journey. Following local roads, you'll first visit the famous historical villa area by cycling next to Villa Oliva, Villa Grabau, Villa Reale, and Villa Torrigiani. Then, proceed to the wine roads from Lucca hills up to the beautiful hamlet of Montecarlo. Ride your bicycle on local roads passing wineries, small farms, olive groves, and enchanting views. Get recommendations on where to stop to have the best Tuscan lunch or to taste quality local wines. The way back will be easier, first downhill and then flat by secondary roads up to Lucca.

Lucca: 1 Day Vespa and Scooter Rental

4. Lucca: 1 Day Vespa and Scooter Rental

Scooters and Vespa are the perfect way to enjoy Lucca surroundings without effort, without limits and without losing the most beautiful views. To complete your visit to Lucca there is nothing better than renting a scooter and visiting places such as the Historic Villas in Marlia, the Devil's Bridge in Borgo a Mozzano, the vineyards and olive groves of Montecarlo and even go to Viareggio coast or to Pisa in half an hour. Each of our Vespa has a rear top case to put helmets and a padlock inside. The rental always includes third-party damage insurance, helmet and lock. Each vespa can fit 2 people. We require scooter or motorcycle driving experience: if the customers do not show adequate ability to drive the vespa, for safety reasons, the rental will be canceled and no refund will be due.

Pisa: Self-Guided Bike Tour to Lucca

5. Pisa: Self-Guided Bike Tour to Lucca

This tour follows the Serchio river, where it takes its natural landscape, the bed broken by the water jumps, the bushy terraces with many varieties of birds. The Puccini cycle path (named from the famous composer Giacomo Puccini who was born in Lucca) connects the Serchio valley to Lucca, where you can admire the medieval towers and the “Rocca di Ripafratta”, reaching the ancient walls of Lucca. The path above the city walls offers a breathtaking view. Art, music, history, food, wine, Lucca is a source of incredible treasures. Cycling through the narrow streets downtown where the towers stand out above the roofs. The Guinigi Tower with its hanging garden on the top; the ancient shops along via Fillungo, the squares of the Roman amphitheater and that of Napoleon, so enchanting! For a gourmet stop in Lucca, visitors can choose: from cecina, to necci (chestnut pancake) with ricotta, buccellato, Lucchese soup, etc… We are sure you will enjoy all! Duration of the tour: 25 km to reach Lucca and 25 km to return to Pisa. Possibility to take the regional train carrying the bikes for a supplement of the ticket to return to Pisa. Possibility to leave the bike in Lucca for a supplement (you can ask at the bike rental)

Lucca: Self-Guided Bike Tour to Villa Reale

6. Lucca: Self-Guided Bike Tour to Villa Reale

Pickup your bike from the meeting point, then set out on your self-guided adventure. Glide along the charming Serchio River cycle path, and admire the sprawling landscape that surrounds you. Follow Via Francigena until you reach Ponte A Moriano and Via Delle Ville, where you can admire some of the most historic villas in Tuscany. Look out for Villa Oliva and Villa Grabau, then arrive at Villa Reale. Enjoy time to explore the Villa’s grounds or have a picnic on the lawn (entrance fee not included). At the end of an unforgettable day, return your bike to the meeting point.

Lucca: Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame

7. Lucca: Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame

Making money with music is a dream for many people. It's exactly what Puccini does in Lucca. The famous composer enjoys life and writes operas to fill his bank account. Unfortunately for Puccini, colleagues are very jealous of his success. Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner come up with a plan to end Puccini's career. Time for Puccini to get out of town as fast as possible. Will you help him finding the secret exit? Choose your starting time with your teammates, beginning at anytime day or night. Make your way across the city, checking off tasks to find all the clues you need to reach the secret passage. As you search for clues, marvel at the beautiful sights of the town. Walk past the Torre Guinigi, wander through the lovely streets and keep an eye out for the many historic buildings in the city center. Work quickly, and you and your team could set the record for the fastest tour. Good luck! The Escape Tour Lucca is available in the following languages: Dutch

Florence, Accademia Gallery, and Chianti Wine Full-Day Tour

8. Florence, Accademia Gallery, and Chianti Wine Full-Day Tour

Discover the beauty and magnificent architecture of Florence, the cradle of the Italian Renaissance. You’ll visit the city’s impressive monuments and admire its stunning setting on this full-day tour. Learn about Florence’s rich cultural history during your guided sightseeing tour. See Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzo, and the multi-hued marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for the bronze doors that Michelangelo dubbed the Gates of Paradise. Admire the beauty of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Bell, the Basilica of Santa Croce, and the Accademia Gallery (if this option is chosen). Walk along narrows streets, by the Arno River, and across the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city's most famous landmarks and its oldest bridge, lined with jewelry shops. You’ll have free time for lunch and shopping before stopping to admire the spectacular panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Following the tour of Florence, you’ll travel through the Tuscan countryside to the a winery in the middle of the Chianti area for the wine tasting.

Lucca: Self-guided tour by bike + Picnic in the vineyards

9. Lucca: Self-guided tour by bike + Picnic in the vineyards

An easy afternoon trip in the Tuscan countryside on the first hills just around Lucca walls. Following our directions you will leave Lucca walls behind avoiding local traffic, thanks to the Puccini cycle path and the Serchio river white road. Once in the countryside you will enjoy some easy ups and downs among olive groves and vineyards until you reach the winery. The farmer will warmly welcome you at his estate and will offer you the picnic box with tastings of local foods and his wine and you can choose where staying on the grass to enjoy it. You can take your time, relax in the nature, visit the cellar and ask the farmer for additional wine tastins if you are a wine lover (extra cost). We wait you back at the shop before 19.30, after an easy ride back (about 30 minutes). At the briefing at the shop we will give you all instructions to follow our customised itinerary on a free app

Lucca: Trekking Bike Rental

10. Lucca: Trekking Bike Rental

Ahoy, brave cyclists: discover Lucca, the wall, the river park, and the lush surrounding countryside with a comfortable trekking bike that allows you to ride on unbeaten paths and unpaved roads. Not sure on your feet yet? Before taking to rough terrain, warm up on Lucca walls: the entire route that rings the city center is ideal for cycling in the open air. Walls are around 4.2 km ( 2,61 mi ) in length and are easy to ride along, as motor vehicles are not permitted. Feel free to freewheel. The old town is mostly pedestrian or restricted to residents only. Conveniently, you can easily reach the river path thanks to a brand new bike path branching directly out from the city center.

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What people are saying about Lucca

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 28 reviews

This may have been my favorite thing to do in Italy! The path was clear (make sure you have enough power for your phone) and it ran along the river and through 2 small towns before getting to Pisa. Make sure everything on your bike is working before you get too far from the shop.

Bike was easy to use and the electric assist was great. The route is more complicated than I expected, but the app they provide and a good attitude will get you there. Overall, nice way to see good views and enjoy a change of pace activity.

Ideal trip to enjoy nature by e-bike and discover both Lucca and Pisa. Also gone back by bike (instead of train). Rental bicycles well arranged. Recommended

Biking around the beautiful city of Lucca was a highlight of our trip to Italy! The city was beautiful with lots of restaurants and shopping.

Fast delivery, with suggested tours, bikes in very good condition!