Top Tours & Activities in Lucca
The awe-inspiring sights of Lucca include over 100 churches and city walls designed by Leonardo DaVinci. Easily reached from Pisa and Florence, Lucca is a picture-perfect addition to your Tuscan itinerary!
Lucca's churches are among the most beautiful in Italy. Its primary cathedral is a bonafide highlight, with its grand carved-marble entrance and intricate stained glass windows.
Though the interior is stunning, the real treasure of this palace is its Baroque garden. Though small, it boasts exotic trees, a fountain, statues, and a lemon house!
The Romanesque church at the Piazza San Frediano might seem relatively low-key at first, but look up and you'll notice a gigantic mosaic of Christ watching over his apostles!
This huge – and incredibly charming – oval piazza was built where Lucca's ancient Roman amphitheater once stood, its rounded shape following the dimensions of its predecessor.
The birthplace of the great composer Giacomo Puccini is now a small museum of his life and work. The old apartment is crammed with his personal mementos and collected memorabilia.
The Old Town's 40-foot walls were converted into a public garden by Maria Luigia of Bourbon. The scenic ramparts make for a wonderful amble around the city.
Set between the two palaces of Case dei Guinigi, Lucca's most important tower is crowned by a garden of evergreen oaks. This slice of forest in the air is a remarkable sight!
Lucca is easily reached from Pisa and Florence. There is a direct bus available from Pisa Airport, and trains depart from Pisa Centrale to Lucca about every 30 minutes. From Florence stations, trains depart frequently from Firenze Santa Maria Novella, and infrequently from Firenze Rifredi. If travelling at off-peak times, you'll probably find that the bus is quicker. You can catch one at Via Fiume bus station.
Lucca is great for sightseeing day-trips, but you'll need two or three days to really discover the city. It can be pretty crowded in the summer, but if visiting off season, Lucca makes a great base for a Tuscan break too.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+39
- Best time to visitBest to seek out warm weather with less crowds. April - June and September - October are divine months to visit Lucca.
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What People Are Saying About Lucca
Friendly, fun, informative, the instructer was very knowledgable and had an excellent size class. We would take another class based on our experience.
Our course was rearranged from Friday evening to Saturday morning. It turned out to be great as there were 2 chefs and just the 2 of us! Shown how to make really lovely pasta, very simple, no need for pasta machine, 2 lovely sauces plus the most wonderful local recipe apple cake. Picked up a few tips on local wines. Restaurant where course held very good. Inside the walls of Lucca. If coming by car make sure you know where it is and sort out parking..
Seeing the sun come up over Florence, illuminating the Duomo is quite an experience. Also the pattern of the Tuscany country side from the air. A delightful experience
...Tuscan and Cinque Terra Guide with NO unanswered questions. Courteous! Can we send him a TIP?
Entertaining and informative experience run by a pizza chef. He was easy to understand and engaged the group in his presentation. Everyone felt involved.