Silk, Wealth, and Liberty
Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, Lucca is one the most charming cities in Northern Tuscany.
Founded by the Romans in 180 B. C. , Lucca had already acquired an enormous wealth by the late Middle Ages thanks to silk manufacturing and trade with the whole of Europe. An independent city state for centuries, it offers perfectly preserved Romanesque churches and historic buildings, narrow lanes, large and minute squares, ideal for a coffee break.
Today Lucca wears its past lightly and is a busy, reserved, and elegant town where everybody rides a bicycle -owned or rented- everywhere.
An open-air museum and a little shopping paradise!
The standard half-day tour is either a walking or a bike tour. Bikes can be rented everywhere. As Lucca is totally flat, the walking tour is suitable for people of all ages, including people in wheelchairs.
The tour includes an introduction covering Lucca's history, past and present economy. The main sites are: the city wall, San Paolino street, Puccini's birth place (exterior only), the dazzling church of San Michele with its wedding-cake façade, the imposing Piazza Napoleone and nearby Piazza del Giglio, the Romanesque cathedral housing the famous Volto Santo, a wooden crucifix supposedly made on the night when Jesus died.
We walk along the busy Via Fillungo, the poshest street in town flanked by stunning medieval buildings and towers, including the tree-topped Torre Guinigi. The tour ends at Piazza Anfiteatro, the miniature Coliseum converted centuries ago into a condominium. Seeing is believing
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: A favourite meeting place is in front of the Tourist Office at Piazzale Verdi but I can meet you at your hotel if you are staying in town, or at the railway station if you are arriving by train. I will have a sign, don't worry.
Meeting time to be agreed a few days prior to the tour.
End location: I normally finish my half-day tour at Piazza Anfiteatro where clients love to rest their tired feet at one of the many open-air cafès. The tempting shops are just round the corner from there. Museums aren't far either.
p.s. You will be given a map of Lucca on arrival.
Duration: 3 hours
Tours take place rain or shine!
This is either a walking or a cycling tour
My services as your personal tour guide and my undivided attention.
There are no admission fees to be paid during the standard half-day tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 euros - It is always a good idea to carry some local cash with you that you should buy in your own country. Let's say 50 euros per person is reasonable. Bank fees and bureaucracy in Italy are ridiculous. Most shops and restaurants accept credit cards, but smaller shops, cafès and very often taxis are cash only
Museums, palaces, towers all have quite reasonable entrance tickets, to be paid individually at the door.
National museums are free of charge for visitors over 65.
Public toilets fees: 0,60 euro pp
- Bike rental: if you're interested into bike, please, ASK A QUESTION (to include upon request)
I do not have a commercial driver's licence, so I cannot drive during tours. Lucca is totally flat, so we normally walk or rent a bike when in town, but we can have a professional driver to take us around to the different destinations
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Wanda was superb! Friendly, knowledgeable and super helpful. We were a group of two adults and four teenagers and she was able to give us a fascinating tour of Lucca where we were staying. Her command of English was first class and it is clear that she loves and is very proud of her home city. She is literally 'one of the locals' - you will not find a more accommodating and informative guide. We would not hesitate to recommend Wanda for your tour - thank you for all of your kindness and knowledge!