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How to Spend 1 Day in Lucca

How to Spend 1 Day in Lucca

One of Tuscany’s true gems, Lucca is an accessible city with charm to spare. From its Renaissance-era defensive walls and soaring towers to its charming churches and convivial bars and restaurants, the city is the perfect destination for day-trippers seekingla bella vita. Here’s how to make the most of your 1-day visit.

Morning: Immersive City Sightseeing

Lovely Lucca is, in many ways, the land that time forgot—and is all the better for it. The winding, narrow streets of the city center are largely car-free, but you don’t need a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour to discover its sights. Do as the native Lucchesi do and explore the city by bike; wend your way past churches, towers, and atmospheric piazze. Alternatively, walking tours provide a slower, more immersive way to see the sights, while horse-and-carriage rides offer a romantic option for circling the city by its Renaissance-era defensive walls.

Afternoon: Authentic Cooking and Dining

From homemade pasta to local wine, Lucca is the perfect destination for foodies and would-be cooks. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from your sightseeing excursion, indulge in a traditional, multicourse Italian meal. Visit a local trattoria, or, if you prefer a hands-on experience, sign up for a cooking class held in the home of a Lucca resident. You won’t just learn the secrets behind classic Lucchese dishes—you’ll also see a local’s-eye view of the Tuscan city. 

Evening: A Classical Concert

Giacomo Puccini, the opera composer whose masterworks includeMadama Butterfly, La Bohème, andTosca, was a native Lucchese, and if you listen closely, you can still hear some of his most famous and beautiful melodies wafting over the city. End your day in Lucca on a high note—quite literally—when you book tickets to an evening of classical, Puccini-penned music. Venture into one of Lucca’s atmospheric churches, and listen to classically trained singers and musicians perform his best-known arias.

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Puccini Experience Entrance Ticket

Puccini Experience Entrance Ticket

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Learn about the Italian composer Puccini and connections to his hometown of Lucca with tickets to this concert series. Step inside a basilica in the center of Lucca to hear a concert featuring renowned singers and musicians. Get a crash course in the best of Puccini’s music with this evening concert.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.13
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$30.13
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Guided Bike Rental

Guided Bike Rental

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With its compact historic center and scenic path along the top of the defensive walls, Lucca is a delightful spot to explore by bike. With this guided tour, set off on two wheels to take in the highlights of the city, touching on the most picturesque squares, storied churches, and monuments like the Roman amphitheater, towering Guinigi Tower, and picturesque Via del Battistero, famous for its antique shops.
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  • 1 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$73.89
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$73.89
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Private Tour: Historic Lucca by bike

Private Tour: Historic Lucca by bike

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Nestled on the shores of the Serchio River in Tuscany, Lucca boasts cobblestone streets, Renaissance architecture, and centuries of colorful history. On this private bike tour, choose a morning or afternoon ride and spin through the narrow medieval streets with your guide to lead the way. Hit top attractions including the Guinigi Tower and the 11th-century Lucca Cathedral with ease, and head up to the top of the Renaissance city walls for uninterrupted views over the Lucca rooftops.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.36
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$80.36
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Local Market Tour and Dining experience at a local's home in Lucca

Local Market Tour and Dining experience at a local's home in Lucca

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Learn about Lucca's culinary traditions from market to plate with this cooking experience. You and your local host will start with a visit to a market to pick up ingredients, which you'll take back to her home and learn to cook up into a four-course meal. Then you'll taste your creations, washed down with local red or white wine.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$167.54
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Lucca 2 hours private walking tour with a local guide

Lucca 2 hours private walking tour with a local guide

Explore the scenic town of Lucca with a private guide during this walking tour. Learn about Lucca’s history while you visit top landmarks including its intact Renaissance city walls, the birthplace of the composer Puccini, and Piazza Napoleone. Stroll down the upscale shopping street Via Fillungo and see Lucca’s medieval towers.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$325.44
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Food Market Tour And Workshop With a Cesarina in Lucca

Food Market Tour And Workshop With a Cesarina in Lucca

Italy's culinary culture is like nowhere else on earth, and taking a cooking class is a great way to bring a bit of that culture home with you. With this private cooking class, you'll learn how to cook in the home of a local expert. You'll start with a visit to a market to choose three to five ingredients, followed by a private cooking class where you'll get to create, and eat, a meal all your own.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$186.83
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Guided bike Tour of Lucca - half day small group

Guided bike Tour of Lucca - half day small group

Explore Lucca at a leisurely pace on a 2-hour bike tour that combines sightseeing with moderate exercise. See the highlights of the city—the birthplace of renowned composer 19th-century Giacomo Puccini—including Piazza dell' Anfiteatro and Lucca’s Duomo. Your guide shares commentary along the way, offering a local perspective on this popular Italian destination.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Lucca Walking Tour

Lucca Walking Tour

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This tour takes visitors back in time to the early renaissance when Lucca as a thriving republic created the city as can be seen today. We view the walls and note the different timing of various construction dating back to the city’s founding in the time of Julius Caesar. As we walk along the streets of Lucca, the guide will share anecdotes and historical information. You will learn about the 19th century aqueduct that feeds the town’s fountains; the many styles of the local architecture representing centuries of history; and about the construction and defensive capabilities of Lucca’s impressive walls
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$170.76
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Carriage tour in the historic center of Lucca

Carriage tour in the historic center of Lucca

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Through the charm of a carriage, we will take you to discover the most beautiful squares and monuments of the ancient city of Lucca, passing through the streets of the center, in the company of a horse and its driver.
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  • 35 to 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.82
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One-hour tour through the historic center and half Renaissance walls

One-hour tour through the historic center and half Renaissance walls

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Within an hour, you can discover all the secrets of the city sitting comfortably on our carriage, accompanied by a horse and his driver.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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$123.63
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$123.63
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