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Flavors of Lucca Food Tour with Local Guide

1. Flavors of Lucca Food Tour with Local Guide

You start your Lucca tour at the very spot that welcomes most visitors to the city: the Lucca train station. From there, you’ll head through the majestic city walls and reach the beautiful Cathedral Square, giving you your first taste of life in Lucca. But wait! To truly “taste” the city, you need to do just that and put your taste buds to work. Italians never start the day without their espresso fix, so you’ll 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: Buccellato cake. You’ll be taken to a place where the secret recipe has been closely guarded since 1881. With caffeine and sugar fueling you, you’ll then 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. But then, it’s time for more sweets as you enter the magical world of chocolate! Merchants and nobles were Lucca’s first lovers of chocolate and the tradition of chocolate-making has lasted for five centuries. You’ll taste the best selection in one of the most beautiful chocolate shops in town. Don’t worry, though, you’ll keep moving so you can walk off that chocolate stop. You’ll get to take in wonderful views from the top of the city as we wander along a part of the Renaissance walls. This pedestrian way is where locals regularly run, walk, and relax. This last stop on your Lucca tour will bring you to Roman times in the Piazza della Anfiteatro, or Amphitheatre Square, which is full of typical shops – and lunch! You’ll introduce you to some authentic food and wine, like maybe some Bazzone cured ham, Colonnata lardo, finocchiona salami, or Pecorino cheese produced in the Garfagnana mountains. To wash it all down, we’ll cheers with a glass of good local wine or artisan beer. 

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

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

Bikes in Lucca are a must. You'll feel like a local as you head off on a journey sure to be relaxing and memorable. Take a sights-packed ride around the city walls, stopping to explore hidden corners and learn more about one of Italy’s most prosperous regions. Taste some local delicacies along the way. Pass by little squares with magnificent ancient church facades and noble Renaissance palaces. Lofty medieval towers still feature prominently here; one of the most famous landmarks in Lucca is the beautiful Guinigi Tower. Pass by this one and many more with plenty of Instagram-friendly stops along the way.  Enjoy your first food stop at a local-favorite shop. Taste the delicacies the area is famous for, including pecorino cheese, cold cuts, and extra-virgin olive oil. Cruise through different corners of the city center, admiring narrow alleys and ancient churches before reaching the lowest one: San Frediano Basilica. Continue exploring the lesser-known east side of the town, getting a real feel for local life. Hop aboard your bike and climb back toward the city walls and the historical center through Piazza Grande. Settle in for a final, extra sweet stop at the oldest ice cream shop in Lucca: prepare to taste some gelato you'll never forget (pastry in colder months). Finally, return to the meeting point knowing that you experienced the city like a real local.

Lucca: Aperitivo Evening Food and Wine Tour

4. 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.

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

5. 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

6. 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.

Lucca: Self-Guided Bike Tour to the Wine Roads

7. Lucca: Self-Guided Bike Tour to the Wine Roads

Set off on a day trip in the typical Tuscan countryside with its ups and downs on this self-guided bike tour from Lucca. At the shop, you'll receive instructions to follow from a customized itinerary on a free app for mobile and all accessories to safely enjoy your journey. Following local roads, you'll first visit the famous historical villa area by cycling next to Villa Oliva, Villa Grabau, Villa Reale, and Villa Torrigiani. Then, proceed to the wine roads from Lucca hills up to the beautiful hamlet of Montecarlo. Ride your bicycle on local roads passing wineries, small farms, olive groves, and enchanting views. Get recommendations on where to stop to have the best Tuscan lunch or to taste quality local wines. The way back will be easier, first downhill and then flat by secondary roads up to Lucca.

Lucca: Pasta Cooking Class with a Local Chef

8. Lucca: Pasta Cooking Class with a Local Chef

Live an authentic culinary experience in Tuscan Lucca. Enter your host's farmhouse located on the rolling hills around Lucca and enjoy an amazing hands-on cooking class followed by a lively lunch or dinner. Learn to prepare handmade pasta and other famous Tuscan recipes. The formula is very simple: cooking, eating, talking, and meeting new people. The menu is traditional but prepared with love. Your host will delight you with familiar and simple dishes that taste amazing. After your delicious meal, relax in the main hall of the farmhouse with the other participants. Your host adores cooking and hosting guests. He has refined a menu of Tuscan specialties, using seasonal products and raw materials from the local market. Get ready to learn the secrets of Italian cooking.

Lucca: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

9. Lucca: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, as you enjoy an exclusive show cooking and taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian "Mammas". This experience will enable you to feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. You will enjoy a 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert. Drinks are also included, and consist of water, a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee. At the conclusion of your experience, you will also take a special souvenir back home: an official apron.

Lucca: Guided Food Walking Tour with Tastings

10. Lucca: Guided Food Walking Tour with Tastings

Savor a taste of Tuscany and try local specialties like Buccatello and tordelli on a walking tour within the walled city of Lucca. Learn about each dish you taste while visiting local restaurants, cafes, and historic eateries, discovering all the local cuisine has to offer. Tastings on your tour will depend on the day's best produce, the availability of vendors, and the group's preferences. Your food-loving guide is here to lead the way on an unforgettable food journey through Lucca. Nibble on Buccellato, a typical sweet bread made from simple ingredients. This baked product with ancient origins, originally with a circular and ring shape, has recently given way to oval versions that are more convenient to pack and transport. At another stop on your walking tour, you can try cecina, a typical thin focaccia made with a mixture of chickpea flour, water, salt, and olive oil. Soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, this a must-have dish when visiting Tuscany. Another typical Tuscan dish to try is tordelli, a pasta stuffed with all kinds of goodies including meat, cheese, chard, and mortadella, dressed with meat sauce or with oil and cacio cheese. Tordelli is a unique specialty that you can only find in Lucca. Tuscany is famous for its cold cuts and Lucca is certainly no exception. Your food tour includes a stop to taste the best cold cuts in the area accompanied by a glass of local wine. Your food tour ends at your 4th stop where you sample a selection of chocolates exclusively made in Tuscany, or an ice cream treat.

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What people are saying about Province of Lucca

Silvia was an absolutely fabulous hostess! She made us some of her favorite recipes on our American Thanksgiving holiday and it was so lovely to enjoy that holiday in someone’s home/in a family environment. We are so excited to make the dishes that she made for us for our family now that we’re back in the United States. It was also wonderful to get to know someone who has lived in Luca, her entire life and she recommended a nearby truffle festival for the following weekend. We’re really hoping to stay in touch with her because it was just a fantastic experience.

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.

Marta was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide! Bikes are a wonderful way to see the countryside one of the highlights of our trip so far!

Marta was a fabulous guide!! So fun and knowledgeable, having her as our guide is what made the trip SO fabulous!!

Our tour guide Marta was fabulous!! We loved our walking, food and history tour!! Highly recommend!!