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Lucca: Guided Small Group Highlights Walking Tour

1. Lucca: Guided Small Group Highlights Walking Tour

Visit the iconic city of Lucca, famously known for its beautiful walls that surround the center of the city. Our tour begins just outside the walls, near one of the four monumental city doors: Porta San Pietro. Explore the secret underground tunnels which lead to a beautiful garden where 1631 trees were planted many moons ago. In ancient times, Lucca was a fortress city. Your local guide will explain how it was structured and the various hurdles and obstacles enemies had to overcome if they were to conquer the city. Next up: The monumental cathedral. Originally constructed as a dedication to Saint Martino, your guide will explain the mysteries surrounding its construction and architecture. Enjoy a guided tour of the Duomo with your guide. Visit two houses that seemed to have been preserved, frozen in time from the 14th century. You may choose to climb it, explore inside, and stand on top to enjoy the spectacular view. You’ll visit San Michele (the ancient political square) which houses important buildings in Lucca. If sweets are your thing, you might like to taste the traditional "Buccellato" cake at the famous bakery. The church dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel is filled with intricate works of art, depicting ancient scenes such as St Michael slaying a dragon. Listen as your guide points out these scenes and explains mythical stories. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the charming, bustling Fillungo Street. There’s no wonder why it’s the most popular street in Lucca- filled with shops, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and much more. And last but not least, the Roman amphitheater. This historic building housed gladiatorial shows and games and was built in the second half of the 1st century AD. At the end of the tour, feel free to continue exploring on your own or ask for a recommendation on where to go next.

Medieval Lucca for Kids: 2-Hour Private Tour

2. 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. 

Lucca: Private Guided Walking Tour

3. 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.

Sweet and Salty Lucca by E-bike

4. Sweet and Salty Lucca by E-bike

Explore Lucca by bike in small groups and taste typical local products. Lucca is surrounded by Renaissance cycle walls and is known as "the city of 100 churches", but also for its food, both sweet and salty. During this relaxing tour you will discover the main attractions such as the Cathedral of San Martino, Church of San Michele, Piazza Napoleone, Piazza Anfiteatro and part of the walls always accompanied by our friendly guide. You will stop at a traditional delicatessen where you will taste Tuscan appetizers accompanied by a glass of wine and, after a short ride, seated again in one of the historic pastry shops where you will also taste sweets from Lucca.

Lucca: Private 3 hours walking tour with unusual stories

5. Lucca: Private 3 hours walking tour with unusual stories

This is a unique tour to discover the city of Lucca, its monuments and the stories that surround them. We start from the park in front of the train station. From there we begin our walk passing under the walls of Lucca up to the church of San Martino. We will continue to Piazza Napoleone with its court love stories and then along Via Fillungo to reach the Basilica of San Frediano. From there we will arrive at Piazza Anfiteatro to take some nice photos, then towards the Guinigi tower with its holm oaks on the top and finally in Piazza Bernardini. The internal visit to San Martino and San Frediano are also included in this tour. Bring your curiosity to discover unusual stories about the city, a bit of good humor and we will have fun together for a few hours.

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What people are saying about Church of San Michele in Foro

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4.8 / 5

based on 23 reviews

Highly recommend this small group tour , 8 people so you could always hear everything that was said . Tour guide was extremely informative and friendly who clearly loves his job . Facts given in an interesting way , trying to bring history alive . Definitely recommend.

We spent two hours with Roberto as he guided us through Lucca's history and important historical buildings. Roberto was knowledgeable, articulate, informative, engaging and friendly. We have no hesitation in recommending Roberto for a Lucca guided walk.

Very pleasant tour with our friendly & relaxed guide Belinda, a lot of information on details which is why we choose this tour. We have learned a lot while strolling through Lucca.

Roberto was an excellent guide! His knowledge of the area was very deep and he brought a nice personal touch to the tour. Highly recommend!

Roberto is a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. I highly recommend.