Lucca
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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.

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Pizza and Gelato Making Class in Florence

2. Pizza and Gelato Making Class in Florence

Discover how to make a typical Italian pizza with the help of a local chef from Florence, and get cooking tips on pizza and gelato making in the heart of the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” On arrival, an expert chef will be on hand to help you prepare the flexible yeast dough that stretches to almost paper-like thinness. Learn how to make a flavorful, yet light tomato sauce. Even if you normally bake pizza in your oven, these techniques are universal. Roll up your sleeves to stretch, sauce and then bake your dough. End by slicing it for the best pizza you have ever tasted! Once you’ve made your pizza, get hands-on with the gelato! Learn about the basic ingredients and how to select the best raw produce according to specific principles. Get tips on the development and application of natural colors, heating and freezing techniques, and how each has a different effect on the ingredients. Don’t forget to collect your Graduation Certificate before you leave!

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

3. 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 your hotel, enjoying views of the Tuscan landscape along the way. Departures: From Pisa (your selected hotel or a close meeting point) From Lucca (your selected hotel or a close meeting point)

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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. The adventure begins as soon as you arrive at the take-off field, dependent on weather conditions. Watch as the balloons are inflated and prepared before your eyes. Once the pilots have done their final checks and given you a briefing about flight safety, climb into the balloon basket and begin your float 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.

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Lucca: Guided E-Bike and Wine Tour

5. Lucca: Guided E-Bike and Wine Tour

Meet your guide and grab your e-bike for a tour of charming Lucca and its surrounding villages. Visit a winery and learn all about the wine-making process as you go. Being your tour with an introduction to the city by your guide and a visit to the walls of Lucca. Ride over the 4 km of cycle path around the historic center as you admire the elevated position above the city. Next, ride out of the city into the surrounding countryside, among charming villages and family farms. The e-bike allows you to face a few short climbs effortlessly. Your guide will also explain the complexity of the vineyard ecosystem and its low environmental impact. Conclude your experience with a visit to a wine cellar. Taste local wine combined with typical local products such as bruschetta, meats, cheeses, and olive oil.

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Lucca: 3-Hour Bikes & Bites Foodie Adventure like a Local

6. Lucca: 3-Hour Bikes & Bites Foodie Adventure like a Local

Bikes in Lucca are a must. Locals love them as they’re the best and easiest way to move around the city’s narrow streets. There is a wonderfully laid-back attitude to cyclists here, so your journey will sure to be a relaxing and memorable one. You will begin with an action-packed ride around the city walls, stopping to explore hidden corners and to learn more about one of Italy’s most prosperous regions. Pass by little squares with magnificent ancient church facades (San Frediano is the best) and noble palaces dating back to the Renaissance. Lofty medieval towers still feature prominently here; one of the most famous landmarks in Lucca is the beautiful Guinigi Tower with its ancient holm oak trees sprouting curiously over the top. Pass by this one and many more with plenty of opportunities for Instagram-friendly stops along the way. Then, it’s time for your first foodie adventure and you will waste no time jumping straight into the good stuff. Artisan gelato to be precise. With a multitude of flavors to choose from, including many seasonal fruit varieties, you will find out why this classic Italian frozen dessert has become so ingrained into the national consciousness. Head back to your bikes for another gentle amble through the streets towards a series of charming delicatessens, stocked with the finest ingredients from the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Here, you will meet local gourmands and taste some of the best pecorino cheese from the Garfagnana Mountains, along with Mondiola salami and crunchy bruschetta. Buonissimi. One of Lucca’s most famous dishes is farro soup, made with the largely unheard of and highly underrated farro grain, which is grown locally amid the rolling, fertile hillscapes. Visit a local deli that sells the ingredients to make this classic dish, where your insider will let you in on the secrets to making a top-notch version. Next on your culinary journey will be two of Italy’s greatest culinary exports: extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Taste delicious local varieties alongside some traditional local snacks and try to work out which is your favorite. Don’t forget to take a bottle or two home with you. Your last stop will be one of the fabulous bars embedded within the city walls. Here, enjoy a glass of local Sangiovese wine or a typical Italian cocktail (with snacks of course, always with snacks). Ask your in the know local guide about the best dinner options for the evening ahead before you merrily cycle your way back to the train station to complete your foodie circuit of Lucca.

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Lucca: Aperitivo Evening Food and Wine Tour

7. 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. While there, stop at a local bakery to try cecina, a traditional, focaccia bread with unexpected ingredients, alongside a glass of Italian beer or wine. 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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Lucca: Sweet and Salty Bike Tour

8. Lucca: Sweet and Salty Bike Tour

Explore the little town of Lucca by bike in a group of no more than 10 participants and taste some of the city's salty and sweet treats along the way. Lucca is surrounded by walls that date back to the Renaissance, and is known as the City with 100 Churches. It’s also famous for its food: people talk far and wide of its many specialties and pastries.   Take a relaxing 3-hour ride around Lucca by e-bike and visit the main attractions of the town: see St. Martin Cathedral, St. Michele Church, Piazza Napoleone, and a part of the wall with your expert tour guide. Stop along the way to a renowned winery where you’ll enjoy a glass of wine from the hills of Lucca and some savory treats. Next, stop at a famous bakery where you’ll taste buccellato, a sweet bread with raisins and anise, and torta coi Becchi (a cake with chard, pine nuts, and raisins).

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Lucca Private Home Cooking Class

9. Lucca Private Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines.  During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

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Lucca: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

10. Lucca: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

On this tour, you can go food shopping like a local with your "Cesarina", enjoying the distinctive Italian local markets and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. Then, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her/his family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish and dessert with drinks (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

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What people are saying about Lucca

The ride on the wall was great. The guide was very nice and knew a lot about the city and its history. Unfortunately it wasn't a classic food walking tour like I know from other tournaments where the focus is on food. You should know that. There was a sausage and cheese platter, an aperitif with a snack and ice cream. But everything was delicious.

We had a wonderful cooking experience. It was such much fun learning the Italian cooking style, even though we don’t speak proper Italian. The translator did a great job and we will remember this evening for our life. Thank you!

It was great to learn from Lunia. The food tasted fantastic and the hospitallity was marvelous. We enjoyed each others compagny. It was a wonderful evening.

Great event!! Just enough to give us an idea of Puccini’s work. Nice way to spend and evening.

Had a great time on the bikes seeing Lucca. Highly recommend.