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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: Private Guided Walking Tour

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

From Montecatini Terme: Pisa and Lucca Day Trip with Cake

8. From Montecatini Terme: Pisa and Lucca Day Trip with Cake

We leave Montecatini Terme for Pisa, where our guide will show you Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower (outside), its Baptistery (outside) and other wonderful monuments before entering into the Cathedral. Free time for photos and lunch (not included). The trip will continue to Lucca, where a guide will take you on a delightful walk in the city center where you can admire Piazza Anfiteatro, the Torre Guinigi, the Cathedral of San Martino and the typical "via degli antiquari". The visit will end in a pastry shop where we will taste the Buccellato, a typical cake of Lucca.

Lucca: Biking Trip Through the Countryside to Monte Pisano

9. 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: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Province of Lucca

The group was divided into 2 groups, an Italian speaking group and an English speaking group. We joined the English speaking group. The guide of this group, an Italian woman from near Lucca who speaks good English, did a great job.

Excellent trip. Guide was great. Travellers who are late back to the meeting point by 15 minutes should be left behind. Pisa and Lucca were both great

Vittoria was a great tour guide. Very informative and we really enjoyed her sense of humour. Would recommend!

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

Great tour to familiarise yourself with Lucca and it’s history.