- 3 hours
Bites and Basilicas
The tour meets in Piazzale Bettino Ricasoli, near the Lucca train station. The end point can vary, but it will be somewhere in central Lucca. Your confirmation will have the exact meeting point and our 24-hour phone number.
Are tickets included in this tour?
You have prepaid for the tour, but you are responsible for any applicable entrance fees. It is a good idea to have some local currency on hand for these.
Can we be met in Florence?
We use a local guide from Lucca on this tour, so we usually meet directly in Lucca. If you would like the convenience of help getting to Lucca, we can arrange a private car for you. Please contact us to arrange this.
Is this tour suitable for visitors with mobility issues?
The tour is relatively walking intensive as is and involves climbing stairs and maneuvering on cobbled streets. However, many of Lucca's main sites, including the medieval wall and the Cathedral of San Martino, are wheelchair accessible. We recommend that clients with mobility issues to contact us to discuss an itinerary adapted to their mobility concerns.
After a well-traveled childhood, Martino completed a Ph.D in philosophy at Cornell University. He then taught philosophy for a few years in the States before returning to Italy. Here, he teaches college courses in ethics, Italian culture, and history at various study-abroad programs. He has lectured at the British Institute in Florence on contemporary moral topics. Teaching rekindled his interest in Dante and "The Divine Comedy," as well as the controversy between Galileo's astronomy and the Church. Martino lives in the countryside with his wife and their too many dogs.
Patricia holds an Master's in Italian Renaissance history from Cornell University, and another in Italian Renaissance art history from Syracuse University. Both of her theses were on Florentine topics. She also writes about Florence, Tuscany, and Emilia-Romagna for a popular guide book, has led wine tours in Chianti, and has cooked in several Florentine trattorie. She lives in the Tuscan countryside with her husband and six dogs.
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