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Lucca: Private Guided Walking Tour

1. 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.

From Florence: Pisa, Lucca, and Cinque Terre Day Trip

2. From Florence: Pisa, Lucca, and Cinque Terre Day Trip

Discover the greater Tuscany region on a day trip from Florence that visits some of the area's highlights. Your first stop is Pisa with its leaning tower. Then, head to the historic Lucca, before your final stop, the coastal Cinque Terre. After leaving Florence, your first stop is Pisa. The guide will introduce you to the city and its history before you explore on your own. Enjoy some free time to check out Duomo Square, which includes famous monuments such as the leaning tower, and make the most of some photo opportunities. Step back in time as you marvel at Lucca's medieval architecture. See the ancient city walls and the Romanesque-style St. Martin's Cathedral. After the guided tour, there will be free time to walk along the Via Fillungo or observe the passers-by in the oval-shaped Plaza del Amphitheater. The last stop will be in Cinque Terre. Stop for something to eat and then see the 5 villages that make it up the area. Take some spectacular photos and travel from one town to another on the tourist train, admiring the coastal scenery.

Lucca: City Highlights Walking Tour

3. Lucca: City Highlights Walking Tour

Get an insider’s view of Lucca’s most historic neighborhoods on a group walking tour of the Amphitheater Square, the Palazzo Pfanner, the Piazza San Martino. Begin your urban walking adventure by meeting your guide at the Saint Maria Gate, where you'll hear straight to the Amphitheater Square. Learn how it was built on the ruins of a Roman arena, giving it its iconic ovular shape. Next, head towards the Palazzo Pfanner, a stunning palace with Baroque style architecture and opulent gardens. The historic city of Lucca is made of fortress style architecture from the 16th and 17th centuries. Unlike most cities, Lucca is a peaceful and slow-paced place, which you'll notice on your relaxed walking tour. Then, continue your journey down the main shopping street of Via Fillungo, where you can grab a bite to eat and do a little shopping, before walking to the Piazza San Martino — home to several important monuments, including the Lucca Cathedral, built in 1070. Carry on towards the Teatro del Giglio, which is the historic city theater and opera house. Finally, walk along the walls in front of the Porta San Pietro, and enjoy panoramic views overlooking the picturesque city.

Lucca: Guided City by Night Walking Tour

4. Lucca: Guided City by Night Walking Tour

Uncover the charm of Lucca as it lights up for the night on this group guided walking tour. Discover Romanesque churches and grand palazzos. Follow your guide to find secret gems that only locals know. Meet your guide amid the medieval architecture in Piazza San Michele. Walk to the church of Roman Catholic basilica of San Michele which was built atop a Roman forum. Admire the massive sculptures and inlays of the church's façade when they are lit for the night. View the trees on the Torre Guinigi tower and stand in the center of the unique Amphitheater square. Look at the shinning golden mosaic on the façade of the basilica of San Frediano. Climb the Renaissance ramparts for a stunning view of the Cathedral of San Martino.

Medieval Lucca for Kids: 2-Hour Private Tour

5. 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

6. 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.

Lucca: Sweet and Salty Bike Tour

7. Lucca: Sweet and Salty Bike Tour

Explore the little town of Lucca by bike in a group of no more than 10 participants and taste some of the city's salty and sweet treats along the way. Lucca is surrounded by walls that date back to the Renaissance, and is known as the City with 100 Churches. It’s also famous for its food: people talk far and wide of its many specialties and pastries.   Take a relaxing 3-hour ride around Lucca by e-bike and visit the main attractions of the town: see St. Martin Cathedral, St. Michele Church, Piazza Napoleone, and a part of the wall with your expert tour guide. Stop along the way to a renowned winery where you’ll enjoy a glass of wine from the hills of Lucca and some savory treats. Next, stop at a famous bakery where you’ll taste buccellato, a sweet bread with raisins and anise, and torta coi Becchi (a cake with chard, pine nuts, and raisins).

From Florence: Pisa and Lucca Full-Day Private Tour

8. From Florence: Pisa and Lucca Full-Day Private Tour

Discover the cities of Pisa and Lucca, as you travel on a total freedom tour to Western Tuscany. Start at Piazza dei Miracoli and see the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Monumental Graveyard and the iconic Leaning Tower. Take your time to enjoy the stunning sights, have a stroll around the city and do some shopping, if you want, as your chauffeur will be happy to meet you anytime, at any place. Continue to Lucca, and appreciate its 16th century intact walls. Visit its famous Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, Via Fillungo, filled with unique shops, restaurants and neighborhood people. See the Guinigi Tower with its roof garden, the Clock Tower and St. Martin's Cathedral. Take a relaxing walk along the city walls and enjoy wonderful views over the city and its rooftops. Your chauffeur will remain at your disposal for the entire day. End with a drive back to your accommodation in Florence.

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

9. 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.

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What people are saying about Lucca Cathedral

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 24 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

We met up with our guide, Anna - she was an amazing stortteller, and gave us a great tour around the center of Lucca. We had a 4 year Old girl with us, and she was totally focused. The idea with the notebook is really good, but it could have been even better if there also was notebooks for the ‘grown ups’.

Highly recommend! Our kids (8 and 5) were absolutely engaged the whole time. Our guide Lucia, who was born in Lucca had little activities for them to do before each sight along the way and present the tour to interest and engage the children. They LOVED it!

Great private guided tour of Lucca where everyone is catered for. All questions were patiently answered. Even the little one liked it.

Our driver, Pedericio, was the warmest, kindest, most knowledgeable person. We feel blessed to have met him.