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Flavors of Lucca Food Tour with Local Guide

Flavors of Lucca Food Tour with Local Guide

From US$ 70.24 per person

To live like a local is to eat like a local! And you will be shown how to drink and dine like they do in Lucca, with a dash of history thrown in along the way. Sweet bread with raisins, sheep’s cheese, prosciutto, salami, olive oil, chocolate...

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the hidden corners of medieval Lucca
  • Taste authentic local treats such as Torta di riso and expresso
  • Relax outdoors at a bar in the magnificent Amphitheatre Square
  • Dig into locally produced meats and cheeses, washed down with wine or craft beer
  • Walk along Lucca’s ancient walls and learn about the city’s artisan traditions
Full description
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. 
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Food samples (including sweets, local snack, and a selection of cured meats)
  • Drink samples (including a hot drink, a glass of wine or beer)
  • Additional food and drink
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities for the guide
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Entrance to Lucca train station, under the taxi sign

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Important information

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  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 2 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform the supplier at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 2
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 24 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    4.9/5

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Sara was really friendly and explained a lot about the history of the local area, as well as taking us to some places to eat delicious food. We tried several local dishes which Sara explained all about, all were fantastic! The reason for not giving 5 stars is that due to it being Monday, many of the coffee shops were shut and so we could not do our first stop for coffee and cake. Sara was great and took us to an extra stop later on instead, but it would have been good to know about this in advance as it meant our first food stop was not for some while (we had all skipped breakfast at our hotel in anticipation of the breakfast stop on the tour). All in all it was a great experience and definitely recommend - maybe avoid booking on a Monday if you can!

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October 13, 2022

Wonderful experience

The tour was great, we not only got to eat delicious local food, we also got to know a lot about Lucca and its history. We got to see some parts of Lucca you'd usually would not see, and with every stop our guide would provide us with lot's of information about architecture, history and other fun facts. After the tour, our guide mailed us all of the information she told us during the tour. The food itself was also very tasty and varied and our guide was great! So I would definitely recommend this experience.

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June 9, 2019

A great tour / A very informative and appetizing

Chiara has a lot of knowledge about the food and history of the city and the Regipn. We really enjoyed this personable and interested person. There were only two stops to eat. We know that differently. However, it was breakfast and a cold lunch with a lot of different little things in great quality. We were hungry, but we still couldn't do everything. Highly recommended.

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May 8, 2017

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