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Lucca: Puccini Festival Opera Recitals and Concerts

1. Lucca: Puccini Festival Opera Recitals and Concerts

Be introduced to the Church of San Giovanni, the old Church of the Templars, in Lucca that hides the splendid Roman Spa, which can be visited. 2 professional singers (usually a soprano and tenor) accompanied by a pianist will perform the program of music. Every evening the festival sports varied professional performers and program. The same concert is performed only once in 365 days.  On Thursday, the theme is Puccini and Verdi, with arias, duets, and intermezzos from the masterworks of the two great opera composers.  On Friday, the theme is Puccini Opera Gala, with arias and duets from the masterworks of the maestro.  On Saturday, the theme is A Night at the Opera, with pieces from the opera repertoire from Handel to Puccini including all the major opera composers.  On Sunday, the theme is Puccini and the traditional Neapolitan songs, with arias from Puccini's operas and the Neapolitan melodies composed when Puccini was alive.

Lucca: Guided E-Bike and Wine Tour

2. Lucca: Guided E-Bike and Wine Tour

Visit the walls and taste wines among vineyards and olive groves on this guided bike tour from Lucca. Enjoy some mouth-watering snacks along with your local wine. The e-bike tour begins with an introduction to the city by our friendly guide and a visit to the walls of Lucca. Enjoy over 4 kilometer's of cycle path all around the historic center. Head up to an elevated position above the city, where you will have a view of the symbolic monuments of Lucca and you will have time to become familiar with the e-bike. After a taste of Lucca's old town and its attractions the guide will easily lead you outside the walls, entering the surrounding countryside. Peddle among charming villages and family farms. The e-bike will allow youto face a few short climbs effortlessly. Your guide will help you understand the complexity of the "vineyard" ecosystem and its low environmental impact agriculture. The visit will continue in the cellar and in the vineyards. Finally, partake in wine tasting combined with typical local products such as bruschetta, meats, cheeses and olive oil.

Lucca: 2-Hour City Center Walking Tour

3. 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.

1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Lucca

4. 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Lucca

Experience the magic of flying high above the cypress-studded hills and vineyards of Tuscany on a 1-hour VIP hot air balloon flight over Lucca. Toast your flight with a glass of sparkling champagne.  Begin your adventure as soon as you arrive at the take-off field. Watch as the colorful balloons are inflated and prepared. Once the pilots have done their final checks and given you a briefing about flight safety, climb into the balloon basket. Float gently to altitudes of up to 2,000 feet (6,000 meters).Glide over valleys and castles, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the rolling hills below. As the balloons are directed by the breeze, each flight offers a unique experience every time. Upon landing, enjoy a glass of sparkling champagne to celebrate your adventure. Then transfer back by shuttle bus to your take-off site.

From Livorno Cruise Port: Bus Transfer to Pisa and Lucca

5. From Livorno Cruise Port: Bus Transfer to Pisa and Lucca

Optimize your time in Tuscany by exploring two of the region's most famous cities, Lucca and Pisa, aboard a comfortable bus with Wi-Fi and live commentary. Choose from guided tour options and lunch to tailor your experience. Discover Lucca's most iconic monuments and buildings, 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. Choose an optional one-hour guided walking tour of Lucca's main monuments. Try traditional products and homemade pasta in a local trattoria outside the tourist circuit with the bookable lunch option. After about 3 hours of free time in Lucca, the tour will continue towards Pisa you'll have 1 hour and 45 minutes to explore. Enjoy the wonders of this so-called meadow of miracles. Choose the best pose to immortalize your photo with the leaning tower of Pisa and if you had chosen the booked option with the tower, get a panoramic photo to remember your trip.

From Pisa or Lucca: Half-Day Tuscany Chianti Wine Tasting

6. From Pisa or Lucca: Half-Day Tuscany Chianti Wine Tasting

Explore the glorious hills of Tuscany on a 4-hour tour of a picture-perfect landscape just moments from the city centers of Pisa and Lucca. Following a pick-up from either city, travel to the picturesque countryside surrounding Pisa and stop at the winery. The owner will give you an insight into the various methods that go into producing the wines and extra-virgin olive oils of the estate. After a short introduction, go to the cantina to see where the wine is aged. Then, enjoy tastings of the delicious wines. Relax on the transfer back to the city, enjoying views of the Tuscan landscape along the way.

Lucca: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

7. Lucca: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family once home with an Italian meal! This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages.

Flavors of Lucca Food Tour with Local Guide

8. Flavors of Lucca Food Tour with Local Guide

Explore the city of Lucca on an insightful walking tour and get a taste of local cuisine with delicious samples. Stroll around the main squares, come across the city walls, and admire the imposing architecture. Enjoy a sweet treat, coffee, and traditional cured meats. Start your tour at the very spot that welcomes most visitors to the city: the Lucca train station. From there, head through the majestic city walls and reach the beautiful Cathedral Square, giving you your first taste of life in Lucca. To truly sense the city, you need to put your taste buds to work. Italians never start the day without their espresso fix, so do as the locals do and savor a cup of coffee. And because a good espresso goes best with a delicious treat, you’ll taste a traditional delicacy: rice cake. Alternatively, replace this with a gelato stop at the end. With caffeine and sugar fueling you, head to the main shopping street of Lucca, admiring the medieval and Renaissance architecture and the signs of the old shops that testify to the city’s ancient artisan traditions: shoemakers, knife grinders, and silk merchants.  Then, it's time for more food as you get to know aspects of the local gastronomy. Learn about local recipes that you will also taste. Take in wonderful views from the heart of the city as we wander along medieval alleys. Be brought to Roman times in the Piazza della Anfiteatro or Amphitheatre Square. For lunch, be introduced to some authentic food and wine, like maybe some Bazzone cured ham, finocchiona salami, or Pecorino cheese produced in the Garfagnana mountains. To wash it all down, toast with a glass of good local wine or beer. 

Lucca: Renaissance City Walls Walking Tour

9. 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.

Lucca: Aperitivo Evening Food and Wine Tour

10. Lucca: Aperitivo Evening Food and Wine Tour

Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this evening walk adventure. Sample the food and wine of Italy on a 2.5-hour walking tour of Lucca, and discover the Italian tradition of the aperitivo on the city’s narrow streets and medieval squares. Enjoy Italian beer or local wines that will leave you thirsty for more Become a local for the day as you join your guide outside Lucca Train Station. Learn about (and taste) the food culture of Italy as you stroll the narrow streets contained by the city walls and tall towers. Discover arts and crafts shops selling unique souvenirs, and see some of Lucca’s more than 100 churches. Enjoy an impressive view of Lucca before diving into the local life in the city center, where the beautiful Romanesque marble cathedral stands. Then, head to a favorite local spot: San Michele in Foro Square. This is where locals come to meet up with one another, typically for a friendly chat in a nice bar. Next, go the only oval square in Italy that takes the place of a typical Roman amphitheater. Relax close there in a charming Vineria with a glass of Lucca wine, along with an essential side of Tuscan crostini and pecorino cheese. Your tour ends here but feel free to hang around, order another drink and soak up the lively atmosphere of the square. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more tips on what else to see, do, and eat during your stay in lovely Lucca. Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this evening walk adventure.

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We were accompanied by Anna who, with her irony and competence, made the experience both educational and fun. Visiting Lucca was instructive and gave us an overview that we will not fail to explore on other occasions. Visit to be recommended for people of all ages who have an interest in living for a few hours in a bygone era.

Bike was easy to use and the electric assist was great. The route is more complicated than I expected, but the app they provide and a good attitude will get you there. Overall, nice way to see good views and enjoy a change of pace activity.

Fantastic tour where we fully experienced beautiful Tuscany in a day. Massimo our tour guide was terrific and very knowledgeable. Just the right amount of time in each place with the winery tasting being a highlight.

Chiara was friendly, knowledgeable and took her time to make sure we had a great experience. The Lucca walking tour is informative, educational & a worthy investment.

Excellent concert, beautiful setting. Well organized and easy to follow.