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How to Spend 3 Days in Lucca

How to Spend 3 Days in Lucca

One of Tuscany’s gems, the lovely city of Lucca is packed with churches and palaces and known for its wealth of culture and culinary pedigree. Stroll the city’s defensive walls, sip locally made wine, and even plan a northern Italian day trip. Here’s how to spend three days in Lucca.

Day 1: Sightseeing in Style

Orient yourself in the city and discover its major attractions with a morning walking tour. Learn more about its past (which dates all the way back to ancient Etruscan times), and browse the shops lining the pedestrianized Via Fillungo. After a spritz and a snack at a local café, take in the views from tree-topped Guinigi Tower (Torre Guinigi). As evening descends, explore Lucca’s defensive walls, the best-preserved Renaissance-era fortifications in Italy. Horse-and-carriage rides offer an especially romantic way to soak up the ambiance and the city views.

Day 2: Art, Food, and Wine

Begin your second day on a leisurely note with a breakfast ofbuccellato (a local sweet bread studded with raisins) and a cappuccino, then dive into local culture at the Casa Puccini (once home to the Lucca-born composer) or the Lucca Center of Contemporary Art. Following your cultural break, it’s time for a culinary excursion—the hills surrounding Lucca are known for olive-oil and wine production. Spend the afternoon visiting local winemakers, and enjoy guided tastings of the region’s top varietals. Upon returning to Lucca, you can shore up in a family-owned trattoria for a languorous feast or—for a hands-on, personal experience—book a dinnertime cooking class in the home of a local chef.

Day 3: A Day Trip to Remember

While Lucca is a tremendously likeable place to pass the time, its convenient location in Tuscany means it’s also an excellent jumping-off point for further adventures. On your third and final day in town, see another side of the region when you plan an inspiring day trip. Nearby Pisa, with its Piazza dei Miracoli UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most accessible options for a getaway, while trips to historical Siena and lofty San Gimignano offer the ideal opportunity to visit some of Tuscany’s other heavy-hitters. Alternatively, you can spend a full day out along the Cinque Terre: one of Italy’s most in-demand destinations, renowned for its vertiginous, coastal beauty. Coach and private-car tours offer a hassle-free way to explore the UNESCO site and make it easy to wend your way among Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and the region’s other vibrant fishing villages.

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Cooking Class in Lucca's Historic Center

Cooking Class in Lucca's Historic Center

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Unravel the secrets of Tuscany’s cuisine with a 5-hour cooking class in Lucca. Shop for fresh ingredients at the market, and then enjoy a tasting of honey, cheeses and olive oil back at the 18th-century palace where your class is held. Begin preparing a 4-course lunch with the help of your chef, and dig into your homemade creations when you're done, paired with regional wines. Best of all: you’ll leave armed with tips, techniques and a recipe book, so you can recreate your favorite dishes back home.
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  • 5 hours
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Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Wine Small Group from Lucca

Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Wine Small Group from Lucca

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Explore Tuscany on a food tour of Siena and San Gimignano from Lucca. See panoramic vineyard views, and stop to try Chianti Classico and Vernaccia wines amongst the vines. Then sample local products like Extra Virgin Olive Oil, bruschetta, and Pecorino cheese. Enjoy the world-renowned beauty and culture of Tuscany with a walking tour of medieval villages with narrow streets, historic cathedrals, and beautiful ancient theaters like Piazza del Campo in Siena.
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  • 11 hours
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Homemade Pasta Cooking Class in Lucca with a Chef

Homemade Pasta Cooking Class in Lucca with a Chef

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Discover why homemade pasta tastes so much better during this hands-on cooking class at a restaurant in Lucca. Learn to make different kinds of pasta — plus pizza and other regional specialties — with the help of a professional Italian chef. Receive a diploma to celebrate all your hard work, and then sit down to enjoy the authentic, hand-crafted lunch along with a tasting of regional wines.
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  • 3 hours
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Siena and San Gimignano and Chianti wine Small-Group Tour from Lucca

Siena and San Gimignano and Chianti wine Small-Group Tour from Lucca

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Discover two Tuscany’s most famous and well-preserved medieval villages on this small-group tour from Lucca. See why the UNESCO-listed town of San Gimignano earned the nickname of ‘Medieval Manhattan’ with its many imposing stone towers, and visit the home of Italy’s famous Palio horse race in Siena. Finish your day in the country with a tasting of the region’s renowned wines at a historic winery tucked into the Tuscan hills.
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  • 10 hours
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The Best of Cinque Terre Small Group Tour from Lucca

The Best of Cinque Terre Small Group Tour from Lucca

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“Cinque Terre” means “Five Villages” and this area is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its unique and historical significance. Centuries-old fishing villages characterized by colorful houses that cling to rocky cliffsides along the coastline, the Cinque Terre boasts some of the most dramatic and impressive landscapes in Italy.
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  • 10 hours
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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
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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
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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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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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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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Lucca: 1-Hour Wine Tasting at the Winery

Lucca: 1-Hour Wine Tasting at the Winery

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Discover local flavors during a tasting at a winery in Lucca. Learn about the history of the estate that dates back to the 16th century. Hear stories about how the wine is made, including the grape’s journey from the vineyard through the cellar to the finished product. Taste three wines overlooking the vineyards.
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Cinque Terre Tour Small Group Tour from Lucca

Cinque Terre Tour Small Group Tour from Lucca

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Experience the beauty of one of Italy’s most famous and photographed destinations on a small-group tour from Lucca to the colorful seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Admire the dramatic contours of the Ligurian coastline as you travel by train and boat between terraced fishing towns that spill down the rocky hillside to the shore. See for yourself why the entire area has been listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Group size is limited for a more personalized tour.
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  • 10 hours
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