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Bike Tours of Lucca

Discover Lucca… by bike!

For bike lovers, we offer several options: half day tours or full day tours. Take a look at the tours below and, in case they do not meet your desires and interests, do not hesitate to make special requests. We will be pleased to create a customized bike tour for you!

OUR RECOMMENDED TOURS:
ITINERARY 1
: The City Centre
Ride on top of the city walls (4.2 km) with stops at the bastions where the guide will provide an introduction to the history of the city and point out some beautiful scenic spots, including centuries-old towers and the charming gardens of a baroque style residence, Palazzo Pfanner. This will take about an hour.
After riding on the walls, you will cycle through the city. There will be a number of stops along the way including the following:

Piazza Cittadella
In Piazza Cittadella you will be shown the statue dedicated to one of Italy’s greatest citizens, Giacomo Puccini, composer of many great operas such as Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Tosca, and Turandot to name a few.

Piazza San Michele
This is the location of the ancient Roman forum, today the heart of Lucca, where children play and the local men enjoy spending their free time discussing soccer and Italian politics. The Church of San Michele has an intriguing and elegant Pisa-Lucca Romanesque façade, with intricate sculpting and marble inlays, exuding a mysterious Arabian aura.

Basilica of San Frediano
This church stands on the site of an earlier church founded in the 6th century by the bishop of the time, Frediano, who is thought to have come from Ireland. The façade has a large 13th-century mosaic of the Ascension in Byzantine style while the architecture of the interior is Romanesque (12th century). To visit the interior, an entrance fee is required. There is a stunning 16th-century chapel with frescoes of Saint Frediano and the legend of the Volto Santo, the Saint Zita chapel where the 13th-century saint lies in rest, and a Romanesque font. Next to the font, there is an Annunciation attributed to the Della Robbia family.

Piazza Anfiteatro
What remains of the old Roman amphitheater, dating 1st – 2nd century AD, is, today, a unique and charming oval piazza with shops and cafes.

Guinigi Tower
This 44-meter tower was built by the Guinigi family in the 14th century alongside their Gothic style palazzo. It can be admired from the ground or from the top for those willing to climb the 230 steps. The tower is a landmark of Lucca noteworthy for its crown of seven holm oak trees (quercus ilex). When you get to the top, there is a spectacular panorama of Lucca truly worth the climb. An entrance fee is required.

Via del Battistero
This picturesque narrow street contains numerous antique shops. Elegance and style from the past.

Cathedral of San Martino
The elegant facade, dating 1204, is exquisitely ornate with intricate sculpting and marble inlay work. Inside the church, there is the Volto Santo (Holy Face), a mysterious ancient crucifix, set in a precious Renaissance temple, which has been visited by millions of pilgrims since the Middle Ages. The beautiful 15th-century tomb of Ilaria del Carretto sculpted by Jacopo della Quercia is also on view. An entrance fee is required.

Piazza Napoleone
Created by Elisa Baciocchi, one of Napoleon’s sisters. Elisa was Princess of Lucca from 1805 to 1814. During her reign, many areas of Lucca were renovated, strongly influenced by styles in Paris. She ordered the demolition of the church of San Pietro Maggiore and other buildings in order to create this large French style piazza in front of her residence, known today as Palazzo Ducale.

Please note: Bike rental and entrance fees are extra. Naturally, it is possible to do the tour without entering any of the churches or climbing the tower.

ITINERARY 2: The Villas
Full day tour: 8 hours including time for lunch
Bike ride to the Villas: 40 km round trip; flat, easy
At 9:00 am, meet your guide in Lucca and head for the villas on your bikes. You will cycle on a bike lane as far as the Serchio River and then continue along the river bank to Ponte a Moriano. Once there, you will move onto a public road, where there will be some traffic, and cycle as far as the villas. It will take approximately one hour to reach the first villa. You may choose to enter each of the following villas or only some of them.

Villa Oliva
Villa Grabau
Villa Reale

Lunch can be arranged at a local trattoria.
After lunch, we continue to Villa Torrigiani and then, after visiting the stupendous grounds, we will cycle back to Lucca on a public road.
Expected time of arrival in Lucca: 5:00 pm

Please note: Bike rental, entrance fees, and cost of lunch are extra.

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