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Lucca: Puccini Festival Opera Recitals and Concerts

1. 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

2. Lucca: Guided E-Bike and Wine Tour

Meet your guide and grab your e-bike for a tour of charming Lucca and its surrounding villages. Visit a winery and learn all about the wine-making process as you go. Being your tour with an introduction to the city by your guide and a visit to the walls of Lucca. Ride over the 4 km of cycle path around the historic center as you admire the elevated position above the city. Next, ride out of the city into the surrounding countryside, among charming villages and family farms. The e-bike allows you to face a few short climbs effortlessly. Your guide will also explain the complexity of the vineyard ecosystem and its low environmental impact. Conclude your experience with a visit to a wine cellar. Taste local wine combined with typical local products such as bruschetta, meats, cheeses, and olive oil.

Lucca: 2-Hour City Center Walking Tour

3. 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: 1-Hour, 3-Hour, or 24-Hour Bike Rental

4. Lucca: 1-Hour, 3-Hour, or 24-Hour Bike Rental

Discover the delightful town of Lucca by bike. Choose either a 1-hour, 3-hour or 24-hour bike rental so you can explore the town 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: Pasta Cooking Class with a Local Chef

5. 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.

Lucca: Aperitivo Evening Food and Wine Tour

6. Lucca: Aperitivo Evening Food and Wine Tour

Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this evening walk adventure. Sample the food and wine of Italy on a 2.5-hour walking tour of Lucca, and discover the Italian tradition of the aperitivo on the city’s narrow streets and medieval squares. Enjoy Italian beer or local wines that will leave you thirsty for more Become a local for the day as you join your guide outside Lucca Train Station. Learn about (and taste) the food culture of Italy as you stroll the narrow streets contained by the city walls and tall towers. Discover arts and crafts shops selling unique souvenirs, and see some of Lucca’s more than 100 churches. Enjoy an impressive view of Lucca before diving into the local life in the city center, where the beautiful Romanesque marble cathedral stands. Then, head to a favorite local spot: San Michele in Foro Square. This is where locals come to meet up with one another, typically for a friendly chat in a nice bar. While there, stop at a local bakery to try cecina, a traditional, focaccia bread with unexpected ingredients, alongside a glass of Italian beer or wine. Next, go the only oval square in Italy that takes the place of a typical Roman amphitheater. Relax close there in a charming Vineria with a glass of Lucca wine, along with an essential side of Tuscan crostini and pecorino cheese. Your tour ends here but feel free to hang around, order another drink and soak up the lively atmosphere of the square. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more tips on what else to see, do, and eat during your stay in lovely Lucca. Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this evening walk adventure.

From Pisa or Lucca: Half-Day Tuscany Chianti Wine Tasting

7. From Pisa or Lucca: Half-Day Tuscany Chianti Wine Tasting

Explore the glorious hills of Tuscany on a 4-hour tour of a picture-perfect landscape just moments from the city centers of Pisa and Lucca. Following a pick-up from either city, travel to the picturesque countryside surrounding Pisa and stop at the winery. The owner will give you an insight into the various methods that go into producing the wines and extra-virgin olive oils of the estate. After a short introduction, go to the cantina to see where the wine is aged. Then, enjoy tastings of the delicious wines. Relax on the transfer back to your hotel, enjoying views of the Tuscan landscape along the way.

Lucca: Renaissance City Walls Walking Tour

8. Lucca: Renaissance City Walls Walking Tour

Built during the Renaissance, the Walls of Lucca are a leading example of Italian fortification. Explore this large public park that surrounds and delimits the historical center. Immerse in the elevated walkway, flanked by different varieties of trees. Also, take in the incredible experience of visiting their interior. Discover the galleries and the recently restored rooms. The restoration has given back one of the most treasured monuments to the inhabitants of Lucca and has made moving from the inside of the city to the outside, simple and very suggestive. Learn from your local guide all about the evolution of military engineering in Italy from the 13th to the 17th centuries. Visit the interior of the bastions that incidentally were never used for defensive purposes. Also, discover the immense brick vaults of the galleries, built for the purpose of hiding the heavy bronze cannons.

Lucca: Self-Guided Tour by Bike

9. 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: Villa Reale di Marlia Entrance Ticket

10. Lucca: Villa Reale di Marlia Entrance Ticket

Experience the expansive grounds of the Villa Reale, more than 16 hectares, with lush gardens and many types of unique historical architecture. Use your senses on the olfactory path where you can smell the perfumes that will transport you through time in an absolutely original way to discover history. With your map and audio tour, you can visit the twin houses, two famous theaters, the Water Theatre and the Green Theatre, the oldest in Europe where the famous violinist N. Paganini often performed for Elisa Baciocchi. Explore the Lemon Garden and the Spanish Garden of Deco. Don’t miss out on seeing the historic buildings such as the Villa del Vescovo adjacent to the Nymphaeum called Pan's Grotto, and the elegant Clock House with its panoramic loggia. End your tour with the newly-opened apartments of Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi in the Villa Reale, one of the most important empire-style examples in Europe.

Frequently asked questions about Lucca

What top attractions are a must-see in Lucca?

Planning Your Visit

  • How to get there?

    Lucca is easily reached from Pisa and Florence. There is a direct bus available from Pisa Airport, and trains depart from Pisa Centrale to Lucca about every 30 minutes. From Florence stations, trains depart frequently from Firenze Santa Maria Novella, and infrequently from Firenze Rifredi. If travelling at off-peak times, you'll probably find that the bus is quicker. You can catch one at Via Fiume bus station.

  • How many days?

    Lucca is great for sightseeing day-trips, but you'll need two or three days to really discover the city. It can be pretty crowded in the summer, but if visiting off season, Lucca makes a great base for a Tuscan break too.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    Best to seek out warm weather with less crowds. April - June and September - October are divine months to visit Lucca.

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What people are saying about Lucca

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 872 reviews

Beautiful weather, rode e-bikes first around the walls of Lucca with a bit of history….then rode about 4 miles out to the hillside to a quaint family run winery. Nice winery tour, lovely sampling of 4-5 wines, bruschetta, prosciutto, cheese, honey, etc. Luca, our guide, was energetic and friendly. Had a fun day!

Our guide was wonderful yesterday 7th May - the pink jacket rocket !! and so knowledge - ready to answer questions and able to explain the evolving city - with excepts of life inside the walks and outside the walls !! A must do when in Lucca

Well organized. Martina was a very knowledgeable and caring guide. If I wrte to do it again, I would not pay gor yhe walking tour in Lucca. The guide went over the sites on the map well enough beforehand.

Friendly helpful guide. Knowledgeable and we learnt so much about the history of Lucca.

I went to nights in a row – the experience is beyond fabulous.