Flavours of Lucca

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Private Tour

To live like a local is to eat like a local! And we’re going to show you how to drink and dine like they do in Lucca, with a dash of history thrown in along the way. Sweet bread with raisins, sheep’s cheese, prosciutto, salami, olive oil, chocolate, wine, beer, and cappuccino… what more could you want on a yummy Italian food tour?!

Authentic Italian Food Tour of Lucca Highlights

  • Discover the hidden corners of medieval Lucca
  • Taste authentic local treats such as Buccellato cake, chocolate, and cappuccino
  • Relax outdoors at a bar in the magnificent Amphitheatre Square
  • Dig into locally produced meats and cheeses, washed down with wine or craft beer
  • Walk along Lucca’s ancient walls and learn about the city’s artisan traditions

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, food samples (including sweets, chocolate, and a selection of cured meats), a hot drink (tea, coffee, or cappuccino), and a glass of wine or beer.

Exclusions: Additional food and drink, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, and tips and gratuities for the guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Meeting point: Entrance to Lucca train station, under the taxi sign
  • Starting time: 10.00 AM
  • Ending point: Square San Michele in Foro
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  • We start our Lucca tour at the very spot that welcomes most visitors to the city: the Lucca train station. From there, we head through the majestic city walls and reach the beautiful Cathedral Square, giving you your first taste of life in Lucca.

    But wait! To truly “taste” the city, you need to do just that and put your taste buds to work. Italians never start the day without their espresso fix, so we do as the locals do and savour a cup of coffee. And because a good espresso goes best with a delicious treat, we taste a traditional delicacy: Buccellato cake. On our Lucca food tour, we take you to a place where the secret recipe has been closely guarded since 1881.

    With caffeine and sugar fuelling us, we then head to the main shopping street of Lucca, admiring the medieval and Renaissance architecture and the signs of the old shops that testify to the city’s ancient artisan traditions: shoemakers, knife grinders, and silk merchants.

    But then, it’s time for more sweets as we enter the magical world of chocolate! Merchants and nobles were Lucca’s first lovers of chocolate and the tradition of chocolate-making has lasted for five centuries. We taste the best selection in one of the most beautiful chocolate shops in town.

    Don’t worry, though, we’ll keep moving so you can walk off that chocolate stop. Next on our walking tour in Lucca, we get to take in wonderful views from the top of the city as we wander along a part of the Renaissance walls. This pedestrian way is where locals regularly run, walk, and relax.

    This last stop on our Lucca food tour brings us to Roman times in the Piazza della Anfiteatro, or Amphitheatre Square, which is full of typical shops – and lunch! We introduce you to some authentic food and wine, like maybe some Bazzone cured ham, Colonnata lardo, finocchiona salami, or Pecorino cheese produced in the Garfagnana mountains. To wash it all down, we cheers with a glass of good local wine or artisan beer. Salute!

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, food samples (including sweets, chocolate, and a selection of cured meats), a hot drink (tea, coffee, or cappuccino), and a glass of wine or beer.

    Exclusions: Additional food and drink, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, and tips and gratuities for the guide.

    Dress standard: Please wear casual dress and comfortable shoes for walking.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +39 340 464 1267
    Email address: [email protected]

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  • Mr. Donald G. from Israel travelled on 03 Oct 2017:

    Tour guide was Borana – a true pleasure. I highly recommend her and this tour. Well done!

    Ms. Jan B. from United Kingdom travelled on 09 Nov 2016:

    Excellent trip. We had a lovely guide who gave us an excellent mix of history and food. We tried lots of tasty goodies and learnt a lot about the town and its history. Loved it! Best introduction to a town I can think of.

    Mr. Andrew R. from Australia travelled on 08 Oct 2016:

    We totally enjoyed our Flavours of Lucca tour with our guide Ciahra. She was prompt, welcoming and very enthusiastic. Her command of english was excellent and the points provided along the way were informative. It was an excellent way to get a snapshot of the lifestyle and history of the beautiful town of Lucca. A must do if you are fortunate enough to visit.

    Mr. Heini H. from Australia travelled on 26 Sep 2016:

    Chiara did the tour very well. It was a rich but short time with her. She acted very flexible by excluding things we already have seen and tell us more about things we are interested in.

    Mr. Jarrod L. from Australia travelled on 27 Oct 2015:

    We really enjoyed the walk through Lucca eating at the different places. The finish at the Amfiteatro was really good too – history + food!!!

    Ms. Linda Ann D. from Canada travelled on 08 Oct 2015:

    We loved our food tour of Lucca with Deborah Oct.7/15. She understood our interests and communicated very well, while helping us understand culture, history and food traditions of Lucca

    Mrs. Sally B. from Australia travelled on 10 Sep 2015:

    Chiara and Deborah were outstanding guides. They were passionate and enthusiastic about their local area. The Taste of Lucca Tour was one of the best tours we have done in decades of travelling. We have already recommended it highly to all of our friends.