Lucca is one of many quaint Tuscan towns with thousands of years of history. Evidence of Etruscan, Roman and Medieval civilization are all contained within the city's fortress-like walls. This wall, which is still completely intact, is the pride and joy of the Lucchese people. On this Lucca Tour, in the company of a social historian or an art historian, we will delve into the multifaceted layers of this unique city, beginning with the walls as our point of reference and starting point as we explore Lucca and discuss its fascinating and little known folklore, history, and legends.
Our walk takes us to intriguing public spaces such as the Roman Amphitheatre, now a large circular piazza, recognized as the center of town life. We will climb the Guinigi Tower, one of the few remaining medieval towers within the city walls, which is identifiable by the beautiful hanging garden atop its roof. The climb is more than justified by the spectacular view of the town and the surrounding countryside upon reaching the top.
Bites and Basilicas
Our amble through the medieval streets of Lucca will include a stop in a church or two, such as the Romanesque Cathedral of San Martino, famous for its Volto Sacro (Holy Face) and gothic interiors, or San Frediano's Basilica with its monumental facade and striking mosaic. We will also take time to discuss and sample some typical Lucchese culinary delights, such as the sinful buccellato cake.
There are three ways that we recommend to get to Lucca: The train, which takes between 1 hour and 20 min and 1 hour and 45 min, leaves about every half hour from Florence Santa Maria Novella station. Since it's a regional train, tickets can be bought from the tabacchi stands in the station for about 7 euro. Remember to timestamp your tickets before boarding the train! The VAI bus, operated by Lazzi, leaves Florence a few times each morning, but offers more dependable service than the train. This ride takes an hour and 15 min. Tickets can be purchased at the Lazzi office in Piazza Adua, near the Santa Maria Novella station. You can also book a private car through us to take you to Lucca. The car ride is about 40 min. Please contact us for prices.
Where does it meet? Where does it end?
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 meeting point will have the exact meeting point and our 24-hour phone number.