Lucca Shore excursions

Our most recommended Lucca Shore excursions

From Livorno Cruise Port: Bus Transfer to Pisa and Lucca

1. From Livorno Cruise Port: Bus Transfer to Pisa and Lucca

Discover the medieval town of Lucca and its fortified walls independently on a full-day trip from Livorno. Upon arrival in Lucca, take a tour of the most iconic landmarks and buildings including the Torre Guinigi, the Anfiteatro Square, and the San Frediano Church. At the end of the tour, enjoy some free time to explore on your own, grab lunch at a local cafe, or shop for souvenirs at the market. You can opt to add on a traditional lunch for your trip to Lucca, and if you'd prefer to explore on your own, you can choose the Low Cost Option which only includes the transfer. Depart Lucca for Pisa at 2:30 PM, and arrive in the historical heart of the city approximately 30 minutes later. Fall in love with this iconic location and visit the Piazza Dei Miracoli, the most popular attraction in Pisa. Spend some free time admiring the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral, and the Baptistery, or exploring the local area.

La Spezia: Full-Day Private Shore Excursion to Pisa & Lucca

2. La Spezia: Full-Day Private Shore Excursion to Pisa & Lucca

Meet your private driver-guide in La Spezia as close as possible to your ship's arrival for the pleasant hour's drive to the charming medieval city of Lucca. It is a city enclosed and protected through the centuries by an imposing 16th-century wall, which is one of the best-preserved Renaissance defenses in Europe. Discover the city's Roman features with the Church of San Michele in Foro standing on the site of the original Roman forum. It was here that Giacomo Puccini began his musical career as a choir boy. Strolling along the lively shopping street of Via Fillungo, you will arrive at the Church of San Frediano with its 6th-century origins. See the tomb of Saint Zita (1278), mentioned by Dante in the Inferno movie, whose mummified body can be seen through the glass. Discover the unique shaped arena, Piazza Anfiteatro, constructed in the 1st century A.D. under Emperor Claudius with 54 arches and a cave able to hold as many as ten thousand spectators in 18 rows of seats. The Cathedral of San Martino houses the precious holy relic, the Volto Santo, a cedar wood crucifix said to be a true portrait of Jesus sculpted by Nicodemus, an eyewitness to the crucifixion. Also, see the remarkable marble tomb of Ilaria del Carretto and Tintoretto's infamous 'Last Supper.'  The city is filled with artisans and tempting delicatessens offering Tuscan specialties, and Lucca is particularly renowned for its olive oil. Not to be missed are the underground cellars of Enoteca Vanni, offering a tempting selection of wines from all over Italy. Lunch will be at your own cost, and your driver can make recommendations and point you in the right direction. You may even have time to enjoy lunch at a local vineyard on the outskirts of town before taking the short drive to the 11th-century powerful maritime republic of Pisa. Enjoy a driving tour of the city, which will lead you to the heart of one of the most important monuments in Italy, the breathtaking Piazza dei Miracoli with its Baptistry, the cathedral, Campo Santo Cemetery, and of course, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You'll be free to explore some of the city on foot before meeting up with your driver for the return journey back to your ship in the port of La Spezia.

La Spezia: Full-Day Pisa and Lucca Excursion

3. La Spezia: Full-Day Pisa and Lucca Excursion

Fall in love with Pisa and the amazing Piazza Dei Miracoli: the most popular attraction in Pisa where you will have free time to visit the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral and the Baptistery or to relax. Once you arrive in Lucca, have some free time for lunch or if you wish you can add to your guided tour a typical lunch in the city center. After the lunch an escort will lead you past the most important landmarks like the Torre Guinigi, the Anfiteatro Square and the San Frediano Church. You can add a typical lunch in the city center to your excursion, or if you prefer visiting Lucca and Pisa on your own you can choose the Low-Cost Option that includes only the transfer.  Note for arrival: upon debarkation, all cruise ship passengers should take 1 of the free shuttle buses from the pier to the terminal; this takes approximately 5 minutes. You will be met by a representative at the shuttle stop.

Livorno: Full-Day Private Shore Excursion to Pisa & Lucca

4. Livorno: Full-Day Private Shore Excursion to Pisa & Lucca

Meet your private driver/ guide at 08:00 as close as possible to your ship's arrival for the pleasant hour drive to the charming medieval city of Lucca. It is a city enclosed and protected through the centuries by an imposing 16th century wall, which is one of the best preserved Renaissance defenses in Europe. The wall has helped keep the city's original features and Roman street plan intact. You may enjoy starting off your day with a bike ride on top of the walls along the beautiful tree-lined promenade where you can peer down into the palazzi and piazzas of the old city or look up to views of the surrounding hills. Bike rental will be an additional (optional) cost paid on the day of your tour at 5 EUR per bike per hour. Discover the city's Roman features with the Church of San Michele in Foro standing on the site of the original Roman forum. It was here that Giacomo Puccini began his musical career as a choir boy. Strolling along the lively shopping street of Via Fillungo, you will arrive at the Church of San Frediano with its 6th century origins. See the tomb of Saint Zita (1278), mentioned by Dante in the Inferno, whose mummified body can be seen through glass. Discover the unique shaped arena, Piazza Anfiteatro, constructed in the 1st century A.D. under Emperor Claudius with 54 arches and a cave able to hold as many as ten thousand spectators in 18 rows of seats. The base of the original amphitheater is now some 3 meters below the center, which was reconstructed in the 1800s as the town's marketplace. The Cathedral of San Martino houses the precious holy relic, the Volto Santo, a cedar wood crucifix said to be a true portrait of Jesus sculpted by Nicodemus, an eyewitness to the crucifixion. Also see the remarkable marble tomb of Ilaria del Caretto and Tintoretto's infamous 'Last Supper.'  The city is filled with artisans and tempting delicatessens offering Tuscan specialties, and Lucca is particularly renowned for its olive oil. Not to be missed are the underground cellars of Enoteca Vanni, offering a tempting selection of wines from all over Italy. Lunch will be at your own cost, and your driver can make recommendations and point you in the right direction. You may even have time to enjoy lunch at a local vineyard on the outskirts of town before taking the short drive to the 11th century powerful maritime republic of Pisa. Enjoy a driving tour of the city, which will lead you to the heart of one of the most important monuments in Italy, the breathtaking Piazza dei Miracoli with its Baptistry, the cathedral, Campo Santo Cemetery and of course, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You will be free to explore some of the city on foot before meeting up with your driver for the return journey back to your ship in the port of Livorno with arrival at around 17:00.

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What people are saying about Lucca

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 156 reviews

What an amazing guide Mattia was he went above and beyond to make our day so memorable. He walked us to the destination and informed us in great detail before leaving the bus about everything we needed to know and gave us so many hints and tips. We were very lucky to have someone like him to guide us on our trip.

It was a really lovely day. lucca is so pretty and we enjoyed a lovely lunch with pasta. Then back on the coach to Pisa to see the tower. This trip was great value as it cost 3 times more when booked on the cruise ship.

If you are on a cruise, the company is in communication, therefore they know about delays and everything is very well coordinated. They also left us on the same ship at the end !! Very good service

Meets right where cruise shuttle drops off . Easy to find guides etc. super friendly staff. Long walk from bus in pisa if you have any mobility issues.

Just the right excursion for the limited time. Lucas was an amazing town and the Tower speaks for itself.