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Lucca: 2-Hour City Center Walking Tour

1. Lucca: 2-Hour City Center Walking Tour

After meeting your guide at the Tourist Information Center in the city center of Lucca, discover the city and its main sights and monuments. With your professional licensed guide, explore the downtown area for 2 hours.   Among other sites, visit the Church of San Michele, an incredibly detailed Roman Catholic basilica that was built as early as 795. Admire its 4 meter-tall statue of the Archangel Michael, the church’s patron saint. Enter the church free of charge and view its simpler, but still imposing interior architecture. You’ll also take a stroll on the city’s 16th century walls, a lovely place to walk among the greenery of the edge of the old town.     The tour ends at Lucca Cathedral, a splendid Roman Catholic church with a beautiful façade. If you’d like to continue on the tour with your guide, simply pay the small entrance fee and your guide will show you the interior and continue to share their knowledge. If not, your tour is finished and you can relax in a café with a drink at your leisure or continue to explore the city.

Lucca: Puccini Festival Opera Recitals and Concerts

2. Lucca: Puccini Festival Opera Recitals and Concerts

Be introduced to the Church of San Giovanni, the old Church of the Templars, in Lucca that hides the splendid Roman Spa, which can be visited. 2 professional singers (usually a soprano and tenor) accompanied by a pianist will perform the program of music. Every evening the festival sports varied professional performers and program. The same concert is performed only once in 365 days.  On Thursday, the theme is Puccini and Verdi, with arias, duets, and intermezzos from the masterworks of the two great opera composers.  On Friday, the theme is Puccini Opera Gala, with arias and duets from the masterworks of the maestro.  On Saturday, the theme is A Night at the Opera, with pieces from the opera repertoire from Handel to Puccini including all the major opera composers.  On Sunday, the theme is Puccini and the traditional Neapolitan songs, with arias from Puccini's operas and the Neapolitan melodies composed when Puccini was alive.

Lucca: Guided E-Bike and Wine Tour

3. Lucca: Guided E-Bike and Wine Tour

Bike through the country of Lucca and experience the finest views paired with a visit to a vineyard. Discover the historic center and old town and admire the many symbolic landmarks. The e-bike tour begins with an introduction to the city by your friendly guide and a visit to the walls of Lucca, over 4 km of cycle path all around the historic center. From this elevated position above the city, you will have a view of the symbolic monuments of Lucca and you will have time to become familiar with the e-bike. Afterward, go outside the walls, entering the surrounding countryside, among charming villages and family farms. The e-bike will allow you to face a few short climbs effortlessly and your expert guide will help you understand the complexity of the "vineyard" ecosystem and its low environmental impact on agriculture. The visit will continue in the cellar and in the vineyards with the wine tasting combined with typical local products such as bruschetta, meats, cheeses, and olive oil.

From Florence: Pisa & Lucca Day Tour with Buccellato Tasting

4. From Florence: Pisa & Lucca Day Tour with Buccellato Tasting

On this guided tour of Lucca and Pisa, you will have the chance to discover the art, architecture, and history of Tuscany, along with some delicious local wines! Your tour begins with a trip to Pisa, where you will see the incredible Piazza dei Miracoli, most famous for its “Leaning Tower.” After that, visit the town's many other historical monuments, including its majestic cathedral, before grabbing a cappuccino and heading off to Lucca. In Lucca, famous for its still-intact city walls, your guide will lead you through the enchanting old town center and give you a chance to walk along the city's rooftops. The views will take your breath away!   Next, admire the main attractions of the city: the Anfiteatro Square, Guingi Tower, San Martino Cathedral, and the town's many antique shops. Your tour ends with a Buccellato tasting, a typical Lucchese Cake!

1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Lucca

5. 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Lucca

Experience the magic of flying high above the cypress-studded hills and vineyards of Tuscany on a 1-hour VIP hot air balloon flight over Lucca. Toast your flight with a glass of sparkling champagne.  Begin your adventure as soon as you arrive at the take-off field. Watch as the colorful balloons are inflated and prepared. Once the pilots have done their final checks and given you a briefing about flight safety, climb into the balloon basket. Float gently to altitudes of up to 2,000 feet (6,000 meters).Glide over valleys and castles, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the rolling hills below. As the balloons are directed by the breeze, each flight offers a unique experience every time. Upon landing, enjoy a glass of sparkling champagne to celebrate your adventure. Then transfer back by shuttle bus to your take-off site.

Lucca: City Bike One-Day Rental

6. Lucca: City Bike One-Day Rental

Discover the delightful town of Lucca by bike at your own pace.  Take in the medieval town by bike, with its 85,000 inhabitants and Tuscan locations making it a quiet, pleasant, and desirable exploration ground. Make the most of the town’s ideal set-up for cyclists, with an ideal route surrounding the city center for walking and cycling in the open air available.  Highlights include the cathedral, giant town square, Guinigi Tower, and the 4.2km walls that are easy to navigate, given that motor vehicles are not permitted. See the birth town of composer, Giacomo Puccini, born in Lucca in 1858, and the mind behind operatic works such as La Boheme and Madame Butterfly.

Lucca: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

7. Lucca: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family once home with an Italian meal! This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages.

Lucca: 3-Hour Bikes & Bites Foodie Adventure like a Local

8. Lucca: 3-Hour Bikes & Bites Foodie Adventure like a Local

Bikes in Lucca are a must. You'll feel like a local as you head off on a journey sure to be relaxing and memorable. Take a sights-packed ride around the city walls, stopping to explore hidden corners and learn more about one of Italy’s most prosperous regions. Taste some local delicacies along the way. Pass by little squares with magnificent ancient church facades and noble Renaissance palaces. Lofty medieval towers still feature prominently here; one of the most famous landmarks in Lucca is the beautiful Guinigi Tower. Pass by this one and many more with plenty of Instagram-friendly stops along the way.  Enjoy your first food stop at a local-favorite shop. Taste the delicacies the area is famous for, including pecorino cheese, cold cuts, and extra-virgin olive oil. Cruise through different corners of the city center, admiring narrow alleys and ancient churches before reaching the lowest one: San Frediano Basilica. Continue exploring the lesser-known east side of the town, getting a real feel for local life. Stop at a cool establishment to savor some typical snacks and sip a well-deserved beer or other drink. Hop aboard your bike and climb back toward the city walls and the historical center through Piazza Grande. Settle in for a final, extra sweet stop at the oldest ice cream shop in Lucca: prepare to taste some gelato you'll never forget. Finally, return to the meeting point knowing that you experienced the city like a real local.

Lucca: Pasta Cooking Class with a Local Chef

9. Lucca: Pasta Cooking Class with a Local Chef

Live an authentic culinary experience in Tuscan Lucca. Enter your host's farmhouse located on the rolling hills around Lucca and enjoy an amazing hands-on cooking class followed by a lively lunch or dinner. Learn to prepare handmade pasta and other famous Tuscan recipes. The formula is very simple: cooking, eating, talking, and meeting new people. The menu is traditional but prepared with love. Your host will delight you with familiar and simple dishes that taste amazing. After your delicious meal, relax in the main hall of the farmhouse with the other participants. Your host adores cooking and hosting guests. He has refined a menu of Tuscan specialties, using seasonal products and raw materials from the local market. Get ready to learn the secrets of Italian cooking.

From Lucca to Pisa: Self-Guided Bike Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Lucca

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,230 reviews

Paola was extremely knowledgeable and kind throughout our tour and was pleasant and put us both at ease. We learned so much about Lucca and even that our apartment is located in the ancient amphitheater which I found really incredible. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Lucca and be sure to ask for Paola! Margo Brody and Deborah Adams

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.

Vittoria was a great tour guide. Very informative and we really enjoyed her sense of humour. Would recommend!

Very informative tour guide, great opportunity to see all of Lucca in 2 hours.

Great talented performers and pianist. Very nice setting for Opera.