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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

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: Pasta Cooking Class with a Local Chef

4. 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: 3-Hour or 24-Hour Bike Rental

5. Lucca: 3-Hour or 24-Hour Bike Rental

Discover the delightful town of Lucca by bike. Choose either a 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: 3-Hour Bikes & Bites Foodie Adventure like a Local

6. 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.

1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Lucca

7. 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. The adventure begins as soon as you arrive at the take-off field, dependent on weather conditions. Watch as the balloons are inflated and prepared before your eyes. Once the pilots have done their final checks and given you a briefing about flight safety, climb into the balloon basket and begin your float 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.

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

8. 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: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

9. 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: Self-Guided Tour by Bike

10. 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. 

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What people are saying about Lucca

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The concert was wonderful. The two singers had fabulous voices. We were totally involved. I wish they had something/subtitles that would say what they were singing and from what opera. How to get the vouchers was not as easy as I'd like. Not knowing where and how to get the tickets meant we walked around not knowing how long we had to pick up the tickets. Would it be that hard to provide specific place and times to pick them up?

Wonderful villas and interiors. Fantastic park area. It wasn't crowded at all and we looked at everything in peace. We liked it better than the Uffizi Gallery and Gardens in Florence because it wasn't so crowded and you could see everything in peace. We spent 4 nice hours there.

Tour muito bom, com muito conhecimento histórico e lugares lindos. A Guia Antonella foi excelente!!! Falou em 3 linguas para que todos os presentes pudessem entender todas as informações, maravilhosa!! O Guia de Pisa também foi maravilhoso, muito simpático. Super recomendo!

The tour guide was knowledgeable, humorous and friendly. We learned a great deal about Lucca’s ancient history and contemporary culture. We highly recommend it to anyone wishing to understand Lucca.

My cousins and I really enjoyed the top notch performance and entertainment!