Discover Lucca… by bike!
For the bike lovers, we offer several options: half day tour, or full day tours. Give a look at the the ones below and, in case they do not meet your 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 center
(3 hours, bikes cost: 9,00 € per bike)
1 hour: Ride on the city walls (4 km) with stops on the bastions, where the guide will provide an introduction to the history of the town of Lucca and will point out some beautiful views of the century old towers and the charming gardens of a baroque style palace, Palazzo Pfanner.
Following your tour on the city walls, you begin your ride through the city. You will make a series of stops during your tour which include the foloowing places:
In the Piazza Cittadella you will be shown the statue dedicated to one of Italy’s greatest citizen, Giacomo Puccini, composer of many great operas such as: “Madama Butterfly”, “La Bohème”, “The Girl of the golden west”, ”Turandot”.
Piazza S. Michele
The old Roman forum, today the heart of Lucca, where children play and the men of Lucca – the Lucchesi – enjoy their free time discussing soccer and Italian politics. You will see the church of San Michele, with its elegant Pisan – Romanesque façade, rich in marble inlays, exuding a mysterious arabian Aura.
Basilica of San Frediano
The Basilica of S. Frediano has an incredible neo – Byzantin mosaic work dating back to the second half of the XIII century, crowns the lucchese Romanesque style façade covered in limestone and marble. The church was founded during the VIth century, dedicated to Finnian, an Irish bishop, later known as Frediano.You will visit the interior, where the body of Saint Zita lies. Santa Zita lived in Lucca during the XIII century and is known as the Patron Saint of housekeepers. You will also see the Romanesque baptisimal font and “The Annunciation” by Andrea Della Robbia.
What remains of the old roman amphiteatre (I A.D) has, today, turned into a unique and charming example of an elliptical Piazza.
Montecchi and Capuleti… even the city of Lucca had its infighting families during the Middle Ages, that is why wealthy families, like the Guinigis, would built their own defense: a tower. The Guinigi Tower is now one of the two towers still visible and certainly the most original, with its rooftop garden made up of 7 oak trees.
Via del Battistero
This quarter of the city with its narrow and twisted streets, contains numerous antique furniture shops. A message of elegance and style from the voice of our past.
San Martino Cathedral
Our group will visit the interior, which contains the Volto Santo, a mysterious antique crucifix, set in a precious Renaissance temple, which has been visited by million of religious pilgrims since the Middle ages. Known even to English Dukes, who used to take oaths on its name. It strongly unifies the faith of all the lucchesi in the city and… in the world. Entrance fee; 2,00 € per person (groups more than 10 people)
Opened by Elisa Baciocchi, one of Napoleon’s three sisters. Elisa was Princess of Lucca from 1805 until 1814. During her reign, many areas of Lucca were to be renovated with an influence from Paris. She ordered the demolition of the church of San Pietro Maggiore, in order to open a huge French Style Piazza in front of her own Residence, which is known today as Palazzo Ducale.
ITINERARY 2: The villas
(FULL DAY TOUR: 8 hours, lunch included)
Ride to THE VILLAS (40 km total, flat, easy)
9.00 meet your guide in Lucca and depart towards the villas. You will ride on a bike way as far as the river Serchio and you will continue riding on the river bank as far as Ponte a Moriano. Once there, you will have to ride on a public road (where some cars will be) and you will ride as far as the villas where you will get approximately one hour after your departure from Lucca. On the same road you may choose to enter each of the following villas, or some of them.
Lunch might be arranged at a local trattoria
after lunch, we continue riding as far as Villa Torrigiani and then, after the gardens visit, we will ride back to Lucca on a public road.
expected arrival back to Lucca 17:00
Half day (maximum 3 hours:) € 105 for 25 people and 2€ extra for each person
Full day (maximum 6 hours excluding lunch break) € 210.00 and 4€ extra for each person
Individual and family rates (1-10 partecipants)
Half day (maximum 3 hours) €120
Full day (maximum 6 hours excluding lunch break) € 240€