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

1. 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 Sightseeing Bike Tour

2. Lucca Sightseeing Bike Tour

Take the chance to explore Lucca by bike with an expert tour guide, the best way to visit the town center. The city walls protect the center from the traffic of motor vehicles and offer a fascinating trail around. After a ride on top of the walls, you can see the most important attractions. An expert tour guide will show you Piazza Cittadella where you will find Giacomo Puccini's statue, Piazza San Michele and San Michele Church, the ancient roman forum, center of the old and new, San Frediano Church, medieval Basilica dominated by a mosaic on the front. Then the tour continues in Piazza Anfiteatro and Torre Guinigi, symbols of the town that you can't miss. Piazza Anfiteatro is an elliptical open space, built on the ruins of the ancient Roman amphitheater during the 2nd century. Today the square is host to many shops, bars and restaurants. Torre Guinigi is another simbol of Lucca. The tower was built of stones and bricks, known for the five ancient holm oak on top, where you can admire the whole city. After this two important stops, the tour is not finish yet. You will pass through the street of antique shops, Via del Battistero for reaching Cattedrale San Martino, the main square Piazza Napoleone and Piazza del Giglio.

Flavors of Lucca Food Tour with Local Guide

3. Flavors of Lucca Food Tour with Local Guide

You start your Lucca tour at the very spot that welcomes most visitors to the city: the Lucca train station. From there, you’ll head through the majestic city walls and reach the beautiful Cathedral Square, giving you your first taste of life in Lucca. But wait! To truly “taste” the city, you need to do just that and put your taste buds to work. Italians never start the day without their espresso fix, so you’ll do as the locals do and savor a cup of coffee. And because a good espresso goes best with a delicious treat, you’ll taste a traditional delicacy: Buccellato cake. You’ll be taken to a place where the secret recipe has been closely guarded since 1881. With caffeine and sugar fueling you, you’ll then head to the main shopping street of Lucca, admiring the medieval and Renaissance architecture and the signs of the old shops that testify to the city’s ancient artisan traditions: shoemakers, knife grinders, and silk merchants. But then, it’s time for more sweets as you enter the magical world of chocolate! Merchants and nobles were Lucca’s first lovers of chocolate and the tradition of chocolate-making has lasted for five centuries. You’ll taste the best selection in one of the most beautiful chocolate shops in town. Don’t worry, though, you’ll keep moving so you can walk off that chocolate stop. You’ll get to take in wonderful views from the top of the city as we wander along a part of the Renaissance walls. This pedestrian way is where locals regularly run, walk, and relax. This last stop on your Lucca tour will bring you to Roman times in the Piazza della Anfiteatro, or Amphitheatre Square, which is full of typical shops – and lunch! You’ll introduce you to some authentic food and wine, like maybe some Bazzone cured ham, Colonnata lardo, finocchiona salami, or Pecorino cheese produced in the Garfagnana mountains. To wash it all down, we’ll cheers with a glass of good local wine or artisan beer. 

Lucca: Private Guided Walking Tour

4. Lucca: Private Guided Walking Tour

Lucca, is a small jewel just north-west of Florence, which rises from the green of its neighboring valley as an almost intact testimony of the succession of centuries and domination. Its history is told above all by its form, by monuments, by streets and structures of every age that coexist in harmony. This classic itinerary was designed for those who come to visit the city of Lucca for the first time, or those who do not wish to dwell only on a historical period, but rather to have a global vision of the history of the city. Your tour includes a visit to the most significant monuments through which your guide will retrace all the historical and artistic phases. Among many other sites, you will visit the Church of St. Michael, a Roman-Catholic basilica with sublime details, built in 795.

Lucca: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

5. Lucca: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

On this tour, you can go food shopping like a local with your "Cesarina", enjoying the distinctive Italian local markets and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. Then, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her/his family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish and dessert with drinks (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Lucca Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

6. Lucca Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Go food shopping like a local with your host, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land.  Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

From Florence: PRIVATE Full-Day Pisa and Lucca Guided Tour

7. From Florence: PRIVATE Full-Day Pisa and Lucca Guided Tour

What To Expect •Stop At: Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa.* Experience Pisa through the expert and knowledgeable lens of a professional tour guide! A comfortable one-hour drive will take you to Pisa. As soon as you arrive, with your guide will take you through the historic suburbs to arrive in Pisa’s most famous square—Piazza dei Miracoli. Pisa and its Piazza dei Miracoli have always been a fundamental part of a trip to Tuscany, and despite the presence of the many tourists, the place radiates a timeless, evocative and powerful beauty. Marvel at the perfect grass surrounding the enormous Duomo Baptistery, and the famous Leaning Tower. Duration: 2/3 hours •Stop At: The Leaning Tower of Pisa. Travel through one of the gates in Pisa's Medieval city walls. A specialized guide will follow you step by step for the duration of the visit to the monumental area of Pisa. Arrive at the breathtaking Leaning Tower of Pisa, the unmistakable tilting tower that has people marvel from all over the world. Visitors typically try to keep the leaning tower upright, with a little help from their camera’s perspective, to make for amusing photos! •Stop At: Lucca, Tuscany Continue on to the next stop: the charming town of Lucca, with its perfectly-preserved Renaissance-era city walls. Stroll through Lucca's streets and piazzas that exude a unique atmosphere. Learn about the important place the city takes on the Via Francigena route. Duration: 4/5 hours (time for lunch included) •Stop At: Piazza Anfiteatro, Lucca. Piazza Anfiteatro is a vivid square built on the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheater. With its charming medieval atmosphere, Piazza dell'Anfiteatro offers many restaurants where you can enjoy lunch. •Stop At: Torre Guinigi, Lucca. Visit Torre Guinigi, the most important tower of Lucca. At the top of the tower is a hanging garden, from which you will take in a breathtaking view of Lucca and the surrounding countryside. •Stop At: Lucca's Duomo, Lucca. The main church of Lucca, the church of San Martino is the spiritual center of the city and a crucial stop on the Via Francigena. It was founded in the sixth century by San Frediano, a bishop originally from Ireland. After a long restoration period, it can now be admired in its full beauty. •Stop At: San Michele in Foro, Lucca. San Michele in Foro is one of the most beautiful churches located in the Roman center of Lucca. This basilica dates back to the year 1000 and conserves priceless works of art. A large marble statue depicts the Archangel Michael defeating the dragon, and according to tradition, the basilica is dedicated to him. •Stop At: The Wall of Lucca. Take a walk or ride a bike on top of the amazing wall of Lucca! * The visit to the tower of Pisa can be reserved at the time of booking, 15 days before the tour. The cost of €22 per person is not included. Entry is not allowed to children under the age of 8.

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

8. 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

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based on 14 reviews

This was a wonderful bike tour! 10/10! The guide was awesome, the tour was in the shade despite the 90+ degree temps, the food stops were great, the information about the history of the wall and the city were super interesting. Love! Love! Love!

Our tour guide was amazing very knowledgable on the history of Lucca. Very friendly and made us feel welcome and comfortable on the tour. Such a beautiful city to explore and enjoy the tranquillity of the place.

The tour was fun and interesting, and the food was delicious. Such a good introduction to Lucca, full of history we wouldn't have otherwise known. Our guide was so fun to be with. Very enjoyable!

Our guide was great and local from Lucca. She spoke great English. It was the perfect tour on bikes to explore the charming little town.

One of the best tours we’ve ever been on. It was an amazing way to see Lucca.