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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.

From Florence: Pisa & Lucca Day Tour with Buccellato Tasting

2. 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!

Lucca: Villa Reale di Marlia Entrance Ticket

3. 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.

Lucca: Renaissance City Walls Walking Tour

4. 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: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

5. Lucca: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

Join this guided walking tour of the pretty town of Lucca. You'll walk along its intact Renaissance city walls, while listening to an introduction covering the city's history, past and present economy. Walk through San Paolino Street and see the birthplace of the famous composer Puccini (exterior only), the dazzling Church of San Michele with its wedding cake facade, the imposing Piazza Napoleone and nearby Piazza del Giglio and the Romanesque cathedral housing the famous Volto Santo, a wooden crucifix supposedly made on the night when Jesus died. Walking along the busy Via Fillungo, you'll see the most posh shopping street in town flanked by stunning medieval buildings and towers, including Torre Guinigi with trees on top. The tour will end at Piazza Anfiteatro, with its miniature coliseum converted centuries ago into a condominium, nowadays one the most picturesque squares in Tuscany. Oh, and don't forget to bring your camera along.

Lucca: Biking Trip Through the Countryside to Monte Pisano

6. Lucca: Biking Trip Through the Countryside to Monte Pisano

First stop of the bike tour are the majestic city walls, one of the greatest expressions of modern fortification in Europe and the very symbol of the city! Outside the old town the itinerary continue in the countryside, along the arches of the aqueduct, built in the XIX century, by the local architect Lorenzo Nottolini. The arrival point is the valley of the springs, called "The Golden Words", the place where the imposing structure collected the waters to quench the thirst of the citizens! Return to the city to deposit any rented bicycles.

Lucca: Musical Walking Tour with Puccini Museum Visit

7. Lucca: Musical Walking Tour with Puccini Museum Visit

Immerse yourself in the vibrant and varied history of Italy's most musical city on this walking tour. Meet your guide at the entrance to the historical Teatro del Giglio and enjoy a guided tour of the interior of the theater, interspersed with musical performances throughout your tour. Outside the theater, stroll in the footsteps of David Bowie, Elton John and the Rolling Stones in Piazza Napoleone, all of whom have performed concerts here. Admire the facade of San Martino Cathedral, where musicians of great quality have been produced throughout the centuries. Wander along Lucca’s narrow medieval streets to reach the Luigi Boccherini Conservatory, named after the illustrious cellist and composer born in the city. Later, discover the characteristic oval-shaped Piazza dell’Anfiteatro where gladiators battled in Roman times and where artists such as Joe Cocker and Ray Charles have performed in more recent years. Reach the residence where Niccolò Paganini, the famous violinist, lived while in town and listen to the languid notes of one of his famous guitar and violin serenades which was composed in Lucca. Finish your tour at the birthplace of the most famous composer and celebrity in Lucca's history: Giacomo Puccini.

Lucca: Private Guided Walking Tour

8. 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.

Medieval Lucca for Kids: 2-Hour Private Tour

9. Medieval Lucca for Kids: 2-Hour Private Tour

Begin your guided 2-hour private tour at St. Martin Cathedral in the city center of Lucca. The intricacy of the design of the exterior of the cathedral will greet you, then enter to cathedral and allow for mythical animals and ancient legends to be unveiled as you explore. Your guide will explain the symbols seen and the intriguing legends and miracles associated with them. Throughout the tour, sketch the lions, dragons, mermaids, and griffons as seen on the facades of the churches and learn to read the façades of the tower houses that once belonged to the wealthy merchants of Lucca. Continue your tour with a visit to the Church of San Michele where you will find graffiti left inside and outside of the church by silk merchants. From the church, stroll through the medieval streets of Lucca and discover the subterranean area of the city, the walls of the city. After you will visit the historic Zecca, the oldest mint in Europe founded in 650 A.D, and learn how to mint a replica of the oldest European coin. Then finsih your tour with a well-earned gelato. 

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Province of Lucca

A very interesting bike tour with the very personable guide Alessandro. Thanks for a great tour. Easy to do, as the route is almost exclusively level, with few inclines. Grace!

would do this again! but at the same time i learned and saw so much i feel confident coming back without a guide a

Guide was excellent very knowledgeable and engaging would recommend to anyone thinking of visiting Lucca

Paula was so knowledgable! It was cool within the walls as well. A nice break on a hot day. Well done!

Beautiful day; a great discovery with a friendly guide I highly recommend