Shore Excursion To Lucca

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Tour Number

Activity Level

38618


Categories

Shore Excursion, Museums / Culture, First Time Visitor, City

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. Please make sure babies and young kids have a pushchair/stroller in case they get tired.

Friendly: Yes.
You must be able to get in and out of a car.

Maximum travelers: 7

Language(s)

explanation

Italian (fluent), German (advanced), French (conversational), English (fluent)

half day in a chauffeured car or van


Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, Lucca is one of 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!

Note: Quotations from other port cities available on request

Itinerary

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: The driver will meet you at the cruise ship terminal in Leghorn at any time that suits you and take you to Lucca where I'll be waiting for you in front of the main Tourist Office.

End location: The driver will drop you off at the cruise ship terminal.

Duration: 5 hours

This is the maximum duration of the chauffeur service for the half-day tour.

Transportation

Hired cars and minivans are normally modern, clean and air-conditioned.
In Lucca we either walk or rent a bike.

What’s Included

My services as your personal tour guide and my undivided attention.
Tranportation in an air-conditioned, chauffeured car or minivan from and to the cruise ship terminal in Leghorn (Livorno in Italian).

Estimated Local Cash Needed

50 euros - As bank fees and bureaucracy in Italy are ridiculous, it is always a good idea to carry some local cash with you that you should possibly buy in your own country. Most shops and restaurants accept credit cards, but smaller shops, cafés and very often taxis are cash only.
There are no admission fees to be paid during the standard half-day tour.

What’s Extra

Any item of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, snacks or meals.
Bike rental [upon request]: 3,50 euros per hour pp.

Restrictions

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

A Recent Review of this tour

We had an excellent experience. The driver was on time and Wanda our guide was very informative and showed a vast knowledge of this area. She is very communicative and patient and we greatly enjoyed the time spent with her.The visit in Lucca would have been very dull without her guidance. We highly recommend to book a tour with Wanda
Shlomit Mor

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