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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.

Lucca: Guided Small Group Highlights Walking Tour

2. 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.

From Florence: Pisa & Lucca Day Tour with Buccellato Tasting

3. 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

4. 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 apartments of Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi inside the Royal Villa, one of the most important empire-style examples in Europe and visit the unique collections of Countess Mimì Pecci Blunt inside the Clock House

Lucca: Renaissance City Walls Walking Tour

5. 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.

La Spezia: Full-Day Pisa and Lucca Excursion

6. La Spezia: Full-Day Pisa and Lucca Excursion

Optimize your time in Livorno to explore two of Tuscany's most famous cities by traveling aboard a comfortable coach complete with wi-fi with the support of our expert tour leader. After having easily arrived at the meeting point following the instructions provided, you will be greeted by our clearly identifiable staff who will provide you with the map of the city, the code to use the wi-fi, and priority access to get on the bus. Upon arrival in Pisa, you'll have free time for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Enjoy the wonders of this "meadow of miracles," where the miracles are precisely the imposing monuments of the square. Choose the best pose to immortalize your photo with the leaning tower of Pisa and if you had chosen the option with the tower, greet your beautiful day with a panoramic photo that will leave you with the emotion of an indelible memory in your heart. Continue towards Lucca, and discover the most iconic monuments and buildings on your own, including the Guinigi Tower, the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, the Church of San Frediano, the Basilica of San Frediano, the majestic Piazza San Michele or the house of Giacomo Puccini, or follow our tour leader in a one-hour walk to visit the main monuments and optimize your time and leave no beautiful building behind you (choosing the option with walking). Return on time guaranteed.

Pisa & Lucca from Montecatini (pick up from your hotel)

7. Pisa & Lucca from Montecatini (pick up from your hotel)

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.

Pisa and Lucca: Private Full-Day Tour by Deluxe Van

8. Pisa and Lucca: Private Full-Day Tour by Deluxe Van

Join us on a full-day private tour of Lucca and Pisa. Your driver/guide will pick you up at your hotel in Florence and you’ll travel in our comfortable deluxe van to the western part of Tuscany, near the coast. Your first stop will be in ancient Lucca, one of the few cities in Italy where you’ll find rinascimental city walls. You’ll enjoy a leisurely walk through the city’s narrow medieval streets, and possibly visit the cathedral and the Roman ruins. We’ll visit Amphitheater Square, where you can take in the 360-degree views while enjoying a glass of wine. The Square is home to Andrea Salvetti’s sculpture "Mazzolin di Fiori". Opera lovers will also have the opportunity to visit Puccini's birthplace museum. During the day you’ll have time to stop at typical Tuscan restaurant to try some of the delicious local cuisine. We'll spend the afternoon in world-famous city of Pisa. The city’s “Miracle Square” is the location of some of the finest examples of Italian Romanesque architecture. You’ll see the famous leaning tower of Pisa, the immense Baptistry of St. John and the Cathedral of Pisa. The construction of the Cathedral began in 1063 and was completed in 1350. It is considered a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture.

Medieval Lucca for Kids: 2-Hour Private Tour

9. 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

10. 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.

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4.3 / 5

based on 93 reviews

Had no idea Lucca had so much history going on. Had to keep moving as it was pretty cold. Kind of awkward as the guide had to keep switching to English (for me, and much appreciated!). Very knowledgeable.

Nice intro to Siena. Guide was good. Lots of time inside the Cathedral, which is justified but if you don’t like that sort of thing take a different tour.

Paula was an excellent guide! Her stories and descriptions were informative and interesting. She really made the city of Lucca come alive for us.

Lucca is a gem. Underrated. Beauty; history, culture and ambiance. And this tour was the perfect way to fast and deep into it. Fantastic!

Our walking tour of Lucca was excellent. Our guide gave us plenty of information and was entertaining at the same time.