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Discover Lucca one step at a time with a private guided tour

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Several half-day guided tours are available that showcase:

Historic Lucca... walking or by bike

Lucca's native son, Giacomo Puccini

Famous Villas (and their amazing gardens!) surrounding Lucca

World War II sites and museum

Wine Tastings

This tour lasts approximately 6 hours. This guided tour visits sites included in the half-day tour and then adds more Lucca highlights.

Did your family originate in the Lucca area?  Do you want to know more details, but need help?  Perhaps Wanda can help!

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Certified tour guide Wanda Martinelli leads guided tours in the picturesque city of Lucca. She was recently interviewed.

  Lucca Tours offers a variety of ways to see this historic walled city with certified professional tour guide Wanda Martinelli.

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"Wanda is lovely. She took the effort to ask a few questions and then took the time to tailor the tour to our individual taste. We saw more and learned more about Lucca in our half-day tour than we could have done on our own in three days. I highly recommend this tour to anyone coming to Lucca. Thank you, Wanda, and we will see you on our next visit!"

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Lucca Tours & Trips

Find the right tour for you through Lucca. We've got 98 adventures going to Lucca, starting from just 3 days in length, and the longest tour is 23 days. The most popular month to go is September, which has the largest number of tour departures.

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Cycle Tuscany Tour

Cycle Tuscany

Well organized, good fun and good explanations of what was happening and what we were about to do. Good exposure to lesser known, local, yet good accommodations and activities. Difficulty level of the tour was appropriate. Walter’s style if leading was good.

The best of Tuscany - 5 days private tour Tour

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The best of Tuscany - 5 days private tour

  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

3 Day Highlights of Florence & Tuscany Tour Package Tour

3 Day Highlights of Florence & Tuscany Tour Package

Tuscan Treats Tour

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Tuscan Treats

  • €150 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Pisa - Cinque Terre Tour

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Pisa - Cinque Terre

A great cycling vacation! The individual stages were well chosen (route, length, landscape, hotels) and the navigation has largely worked very well. With the slopes, especially in the heat, a good condition or possibly an e-bike is required.

Tailor-Made Private Italy Tour to Tuscany Tour

Tailor-Made Private Italy Tour to Tuscany

  • Book With Flexibility This operator allows you to rebook your dates or tours with them for free, waiving change fees.

Family Tuscany Multi-Activity Adventure Tour

Family Tuscany Multi-Activity Adventure

Pisa - Florence Tour

Pisa - Florence

Tuscany Highlights, Private Tour Tour

Tuscany Highlights, Private Tour

Overall we are very happy with our experience with TUI Italia. All services were provided as promised and in a timely manner. The itinerary offered us the enjoyment of experiencing Italy in a variety of settings and different experiences. We have some suggestions to help others if interested.

Tuscany the cradle of the Renaissance: Pisa to Florence cat. A Tour

Tuscany the cradle of the Renaissance: Pisa to Florence cat. A

Cycle Pisa to Florence Tour

Cycle Pisa to Florence

Via Francigena: Lucca to Siena Tour

Via Francigena: Lucca to Siena

Excellent week, will definitely go again.

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Tour de Tuscany Italy

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Premium Tuscany

This was our first tour. It was very informative and the cities that were explored were both interesting and beautiful. Unfortunately Italy was experiencing a heat wave and all the walking turned into a lot of sweating ( not your fault ). If in the future we go on another tour... it will be with Tourradar.

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Best of Italy

Micol was the best! Hope all other Intrepid tour leaders are like Micol. My wife and I enjoyed the tour so much. It was “The Best of Italy” indeed. We have learned so much of Italy so far. Micol was excellent in managing the tour. Micol was very informative and knowledgeable and has answered for every question we asked. It was hectic and very challenging at our age level but Micol was very accommodating and made things manageable. It saved us the hassle in coordinating the accommodation and transportation. Micol organized the option of getting together on lunches, dinners or tapas. It made the group more familiar of each other and comfortable.

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Trip of a lifetime. Could not have been any better. Would recommend to others.
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The Charming Town of Lucca

Visit Lucca

Lucca is one of the cities most loved all of Tuscany, a stop that can not really miss in a classic itinerary to the discovery of the region. The city can be visited in a day , but if you want to appreciate the best stop for a few days or choose it as a base to explore central or north Tuscany.

The city is located on a plain at the foot of the Apuan Alps and is less than half an hour from the coast of Versilia . Since it isn't a hilltop village, it is ideal for anyone with mobility issues as well as for anyone wishing to take a break from climbing ;).

Lucca is very easy to reach both by car as well as train from both Pisa and Florence , making it perfect for anyone getting around solely on public transportation.

Most of the attractions in Lucca today show its ancient history: from the trace of the Roman amphiteater that can be seen in the shape of the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro to the archeological remains under the 12 th century church of Saints Giovanni and Reparata (the first city cathedral, located just around the corner from the present-day cathedral of San Martino ), to the various towers and villas from the 12 th to 16 th centuries.

Extraordinarily, as the city grew and modernized, the walls that surrounded the old town were maintained which was not the case for many other cities in Tuscany, including Florence. As the walls lost their military importance, the top of the walls became a pedestrian promenade, today one of Lucca's main attractions. The area around the walls is well taken care of, with green grass and trees everywhere along the walls. They have in essence become a park that surrounds the city and blocks out more modern life. Here you can enjoy a bike ride around the entire perimeter, a stroll as you enjoy a gelato or simply a period of rest from sightseeing on one of the many shaded benches that line the main walkway.

Other top attractions include the Piazza of San Michele with its beautiful Church of San Michele in Foro , the Basilica of San Frediano as well as the Clock Tower and Guinigi Tower , to name just a few.

Around Lucca

Near the town of Lucca, always in the province, do not miss the Versilia and its beaches , the Apuan Alps and the splendid Garfagnana with its small characteristic villages as Barga. There's a lot to do and see also in the surroundings of Lucca!

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Wines in Lucca & Montecarlo

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Barga, the Adoptive Town of Giovanni Pascoli

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Lovely Lucca endears itself to everyone who visits. Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, its cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades make it a perfect destination to explore by foot – as a day trip from Florence or in its own right. At the day's end, historic cafes and restaurants tempt visitors to relax over a glass or two of Lucchesi wine and a slow progression of rustic dishes prepared with fresh produce from nearby Garfagnana.

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Cattedrale di San Martino

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Chiesa e Battistero dei SS Giovanni e Reparata

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Chiesa di San Michele in Foro

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LUCCA, ITALY - JUNE 19:  The true Volto Santo di Lucca ('Holy Face of Lucca') and oldest statue of the West in the Cathedral of Lucca on June 19, 2020 in Lucca, Italy. The crucifix of the Holy Face is the first and the original and not a copy as previously believed. Diagnostic investigations using carbon 14 revealed that the three-meter sculpture is the 8th century original that a legend claimed to have arrived in Lucca from the Holy Land in 782 AD and not a 12th century copy. According to legend, the statue was carved by Nicodemus and the face carved by divine hand. This extraordinary novelty makes it the oldest wooden statue in the entire West. Over the centuries the statue had always been venerated and loved by pilgrims of all Italy and the world. The diagnostic tests were carried out on the occasion of the celebrations for the 950 years since the founding of the Lucca Cathedral.  (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)

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Lucca Day Trip Guide + self guided walking tour from Lucca train station

We loved visiting Lucca on our most recent Italy trip. Though we were fortunate to stay longer than a day in Lucca, we found that it actually makes a wonderful day trip destination!

Conveniently, the best things to do in Lucca are within easy walking distance of the Lucca train station.

If you have just 1 day in Lucca, this day trip guide will point you to the top things to see, do, and eat. We also designed a self guided walking tour route so you can quickly see the best sights.

What to know about visiting Lucca, Italy

Located in northern Italy in the Tuscany region, the city of Lucca is famously known for its well-preserved Renaissance walls. These former defensive walls surround the historic old town while also providing some of the best vantage points of the city.

Once you enter the city walls, you’ll find charming pedestrian cobblestone streets, lively piazzas with a fine selection of restaurants, and beautiful churches and cathedrals.

The historic Old Town area is relatively small and easy to explore in a day without a car. The capital of the province bearing the same name, the city of Lucca’s population is just under 90,000 people.

Lucca is also a great base to explore central and northern Tuscany.

You’ll have easy access to bigger cities like Florence and Pisa while also experiencing the small town Tuscan charm. It’s also a worthy day trip to add to your itinerary from any of those cities or even on your way to Cinque Terre .

How to get to Lucca Italy

For the purposes of this one day Lucca itinerary, we’ll assume you’re arriving by train. But you could also drive or even cycle to Lucca.

Lucca is a little over an hour West of Florence by train, on the way to the Mediterranean beach towns of Italy. It’s just 30 minutes from Pisa by train. The nearest airports to Lucca are Pisa and Florence.

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If you are arriving to Lucca by car, parking is cheaper and more easily available outside the city walls.

Lucca is a small and compact city. You’ll have no problem getting around by simply walking since many of the streets in the city center are pedestrian streets. Another great alternative would be to bike around.

For public transportation, you can use the bus but only a few go through the center because of the narrow streets. For those traveling to Lucca by car, keep in mind that driving within the city center is mostly limited to locals with permits. It’s best to park your car outside the city walls.

Lucca Self Guided Walking Tour Map

For an easy 1 day Lucca itinerary, we created an interactive Lucca Map which includes: – Our suggested self-guided walking tour route – Top places to see in Lucca – Recommended restaurants – A second walking route on the fortress walls

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Best Things to Do in Lucca Italy on a Day Trip

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Explore Lucca by bicycle

One of the best ways to explore the city center is by biking. The city is quite compact, meaning you can easily see all the landmarks in a day, especially if you get around faster with a bicycle.

There are several tours available but you can also opt to do a self-guided tour by just renting a bicycle.

Check our interactive map for some convenient bike rental locations.

Walk around Lucca’s walled fortress

The historic walls surrounding the city were originally built to protect the city. They were built in the mid-1600s and early 1800s and are still intact today.

Now the walls are not only a valuable historical landmark but provide people with many spots to relax, walk, and cycle. You’ll even find some cafes along the path.

We enjoyed walking the fortress loop path for exercise. It’s about 3 miles around.

Pass through Porta San Pietro

Porta San Pietro is one of the gateways to the historical walls of the city that’s nearest the train station. It has two side arches that serve as pedestrian passageways while the main arch is for vehicles.

In the center of the arches, you’ll find a shield with the coat of arms of St. Peter and an inscription of the motto of Lucca “Libertas.”

Spend an afternoon at Piazza dell’Anfiteatro

Piazza dell’Anfiteatro is a public square ( piazza in Italian) filled with cafes and restaurants perfect for dining al fresco.

The round piazza can be reached through several arched entrances inside the buildings surrounding it. You can actually see a cross carved into the central tile of the square that points to the four gateways of the square.

This is one of the most unique and iconic sights in Lucca.

Catch an event at Piazza Napoleone

Piazza Napoleone is one of the city’s most historically significant squares. It was built by Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi during her rule and then dedicated to her brother Napoleon.

This piazza is bordered by the Palazzo Ducale, an elegant row of sycamore trees, shops, and cafes. The square is commonly used as a venue for concerts and cultural events such as the Lucca Summer Festival.

Admire the architecture of Chiesa di San Michele in Foro

Lucca - Chiesa di San Michele in Foro

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Chiesa di San Michele in Foro is a Catholic church built over the remains of an ancient Roman forum.

It has a beautiful and intricate facade made up of loggias, a large series of sculptures, inlays, and arcades. It sits in the bustling town square of Piazza San Michele.

Enjoy Piazza San Michele

Piazza San Michele gets its name from the church of San Michele, mentioned above, the main landmark of the square. This is a central piazza in Lucca and a popular gathering place.

The piazza is bordered by medieval buildings with round arches and large windows. In one corner you’ll find the Palazzo Pretorio, another beautiful example of Renaissance architecture in the city.

Visit the Puccini Museum in Piazza Cittadella

Piazza Cittadella is a smaller and quieter square that was the home of the famous composer Giacomo Puccini, which has now been turned into a museum complex.

Inside Puccini Museum you’ll find priceless objects like the piano where he used to compose some of his early work as well as paintings, photographs, sketches, and signed scores.

Do some shopping in Via Fillungo

Via Fillungo is one of the most popular streets that runs through Lucca’s historic center. It’s a long, irregular pedestrian street lined with many shops.

While walking, stop by the boutiques and small shops to pick up gifts, clothing, or grab a bite in a classic trattoria.

Climb the Guinigi Tower for city views

Guinigi Tower is a Romanesque-Gothic tower standing at almost 150 feet with a total of 233 steps to reach the top. It’s known for the tall oak trees that grow on top of the tower.

The entrance to climb the tower is on Via Sant’Andrea and requires a fee (€5 at the time of this writing). 

From the top, you’ll get scenic views of the city and the surrounding mountains.

Explore Piazza San Martino

Piazza San Martino is named after the San Martino Cathedral, whose asymmetrical facade dominates the entire piazza.

The cathedral has an interesting feature: a mysterious labyrinth sculpted into one of the supporting pillars.

The piazza is usually used to host cultural events, like an antique market that happens every month.

Roam the gardens of Palazzo Pfanner

Palazzo Pfanner is a palace located just a few minutes away from Via Fillungo. It has been converted into a garden and museum that’s open to the public.

The garden has a rich variety of flowers and plants as well as well-kept hedges that contribute to the geometrical beauty of the garden.

Admire the art in the Museum of Villa Mansi

The Museum of Villa Mansi is one of the main art museums of the city. It mainly showcases tapestry collections and post-19th century art.

The museum itself is housed in a Baroque palace belonging to the Mansi family and features grand decorations that are still in place.

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Where to Eat in Lucca Italy

Pizzeria da Felice – Family-run counter service with classics like margherita pizza and local chickpea flour bread

Forno a Vapore – Counter service bakery for focaccia, pastries, and to-go snacks (pictured above)

Da Rosolo – Osteria serving refined traditional Lucchese dishes using local, high quality ingredients in an elegant setting (outdoors and indoors)

Undici Undici – Bistro with a traditional Tuscan menu with outdoor seating facing the San Martino Cathedral

Buca di Sant’Antonio – Known for its traditional handmade pasta and regional dishes served in a cozy trattoria setting

P.S. These restaurants are included in our map!

Where to Stay in Lucca Italy

If you’re planning to stay more than one day in Lucca, we highly recommend staying within the historic city walls.

We were fortunate to find a cute, clean, and central second story apartment overlooking a gelateria. It has one bedroom, private bath, seating area, and small kitchen.

We chose this location because it’s a short distance from the train station so it wasn’t too far to walk with our luggage. It worked out great!

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If you’re looking for a small town in Tuscany but that still has a lot of things to do and see, then Lucca is a must-add to your Italy itinerary. We were pleasantly surprised that we hadn’t heard more about Lucca before!

The historic city walls, the vibrant piazzas, and beautiful cathedrals all embody the charm of Tuscany.

Let us know if you have questions or want to share your own Lucca recommendations in the comments below.

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An insider's guide to Lucca, Italy's lesser-known fairytale city

By Lucrezia Worthington

An insider's guide to Lucca Italy's lesserknown fairytale city

Among the many treasures of Tuscany lies Lucca, a fairytale-like city with towering Renaissance walls in the shadows of the Apuan Alps and the Pisan Mountain Range. During the Middle Ages, this beautiful medieval town became a prominent centre for silk manufacturing, and by the 15th century, it had become the largest producer of silk textiles in Europe. Today, this fortified city has become a hub for culture. In the warmer months, the Lucca Summer Festival takes centre stage, featuring top international artists (2023 saw the likes of Blur, Robbie Williams, The Chemical Brothers and Norah Jones) as well as Lucca Comics & Games, the world's second-largest comics festival after Japan .

Stroll through the city to discover ancient traditions and peculiarities still intact – many stores, for example, still carry their original shop signs, so you may think you are entering a butcher with a macellaio sign swinging from the doorframe, only to find shelves stacked high with designer sunglasses inside. From cycling around the city walls to exploring breathtaking Versailles-inspired gardens and sipping on local Tuscan wines overlooking the city below, here is a checklist of what to see, where to eat and where to sleep in Lucca.

Where to stay in Lucca, Tuscany

Tenuta Di Tramonte

Tenuta di Tramonte

Belgian couple Lorenzo and Laurence decided to leave the city life behind and move to the countryside among the hills of Lucca. Villa Trenta, one of the two villas on the Tramonte Estate, was built over five centuries ago and has belonged to Lorenzo’s family for four generations. It still shines in its antique grandeur, and is now available to rent with its own private pool (the property sleeps 24). Villa Volpi, a former convent, was only purchased around eight years ago with the intent for it to become their family home. But after meticulous renovations, they decided to turn it into a B&B – complete with beautifully restored original terrazzo floors, antique furnishings and seven en-suite bedrooms that overlook the layered hills. In 2024, there will also be a chef onsite to prepare lunches and dinners upon request.

Website: tenutaditramonte.com

Grand Universe Hotel

The 55-roomed Grand Universe Hotel graciously stands overlooking two of the city’s central squares, Piazza del Giglio and Piazza Napoleone, a short walk from restaurants, cafés and boutiques. It has a rich history, from serving as a glass-blowing workshop to becoming the noble residence of an aristocratic family, before transforming into its latest guise as a hotel in the mid-18th century. Sleep in the stately designed rooms that have previously hosted a series of artists, poets and royalty from around the world, such as Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, American jazz legend Chet Baker and the royal King Vittorio Emanuele II. Interiors add contemporary twists with luxurious silks and velvet drapes, while the restaurant, Legacy, is an ode to traditional Tuscan recipes. There’s also a cellar for wine and olive oil tastings, a gym and a convivial Symphony Lounge with a grand piano where you can take a cup of tea and read a book under the decadent vaulted ceilings.

Website : granduniverselucca.com

L'Arancera di Villa Grabau

Arancera Villa Grabau

Villa Grabau is a sumptuous, neoclassical estate dating back to the 16th century, set on a nine-hectare botanical park filled with centuries-old trees and rare plants. On the lush grounds sits the old farmhouse, which, after ten years of renovations, has been turned into a 12-room villa. Available to rent as a whole or as singular rooms, L'Arancera di Villa Grabau is tastefully furnished. Bedrooms are filled with a selection of local artisan pieces, and each has a private bathroom embellished with hand-painted ceramic tiles. These rooms overlook the gardens, with the 18-metre saltwater swimming pool and citrus tree grove beyond, framed perfectly by the mountains in the distance. Various services are available, from daily catering to yoga lessons, cooking classes and private tours through the neighbouring villages. Don’t miss visiting Villa Grabau and its sensational 19th-century trompe-l’oeil frescoes by Italian painter Francesco Bianco.

Website : aranceravillagrabau.it

Gimber Tales

Gimber Tales

The hotel scene is slimmer in this Tuscan city, but several apartments are available for an elegant home-from-home feel. A mere 15-minute walk from the train station, Gimber Tales is a grand apartment located on the first floor of one of the city’s few modern buildings. As you enter, the monochromatic checkerboard of marble flooring paths the way to a spacious living area. The style is almost British countryside, with an eclectic mix and match of fabric cushions, chairs and upholstered headboards. There’s a smart-looking kitchen with a beautiful marble counter stocked with a coffee machine, induction hob, dishwasher and washing machine. It's a convenient pied-a-terre for a trip to the city. Sleeps: 4 Website : luccaapartmentsandvillas.co.uk

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Casa Vanny

Casa Vanny provides the perfect blend between country living and city life. It’s situated within the medieval walls of Lucca, yet boasts a sublime garden overflowing with fragrant lemon and orange trees. This property seamlessly blends antique and contemporary, providing modern comforts within a frame of crystal chandeliers, original wooden beamed ceilings and a 15th-century Tuscan stone chimneypiece in the living room. Outdoors, a white rose pergola paves the way to the 18th-century fountain, passing by stone statues and a large table where you can enjoy al-fresco meals cooked by the private chef.

Sleeps : 4 Book : luccaapartmentsandvillas.co.uk

The best things to do in Lucca, Tuscany

Villa Reale di Malia

Villa Reale di Marlia

When Napoleon conquered Lucca in the 18th century, he appointed his sister, Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, its ruler. She chose Villa Reale di Marlia, a grand 17th-century estate, as her summer residence. The princess exponentially enhanced the villa’s gardens and architecture, transforming it into a splendid example of Neoclassical style inspired by the Parisian gardens of Versailles. In 2015, the villa underwent a restoration process to revive its grandeur after a period of abandonment, preserving the empire-style interiors, frescoed ceilings and sensational Carrara marbled bathrooms. Stroll through the magnificent gardens and explore the Teatro di Verzura, the oldest theatre in Europe. In 2024, the villa will open 11 new suites.

Opening times: November–December: open at weekends 10:00–17:00; February: open at weekends 10:00–18:00; March–November: open every day from 10:00–18:00. Website : villarealedimarlia.it

Villa Torrigiani di Camigliano

This villa will truly take your breath away. Walk through the perfectly trimmed gardens, with two striking rows of cypress trees (almost one kilometre long) leading up to the majestic villa and its impressive Baroque façade. It traces back to the 16th century with the Buonvisi family but underwent some transformations in the late 17th century when it was acquired by Marquis Nicolao Santini, ambassador of the Republic of Lucca at the court of Louis XIV at Versailles. He incorporated a bloom-filled garden, neat hedges and impressive ornamental pools akin to Le Nôtre's projects for the Palace of Versailles. Marvel at the ornate interiors and fantasise about the life of a 16th-century aristocrat as you take a leisurely stroll around the palatial gardens.

Opening times: March–November: open every day from 10.00–13.00 and 14.30 - 18.00; November–March: visits only through request Website : villeepalazzilucchesi.it

Pond covered with water lily pads in the Botanical Garden of Lucca

Orto Botanico

Founded in 1820, the botanical gardens of Lucca preserve two centuries of maintenance, research and preservation. It was Elisa Bonaparte who commissioned its opening. The princess had already expressed her enthusiasm towards horticulture – the first plant species donated to the botanical gardens were those from Villa Reale di Marlia. Wander through the beautifully maintained pathways lined with centuries-old trees like the Ginkgo Biloba tree, pastel pink and fuchsia coloured magnolias and rhododendrons, exotic and native plant species and a serene water lily pond. Botanical enthusiasts can also visit the museum, which contains thousands of dried flower and plant specimens spanning two centuries, and, for the little ones, there are a few immersive events and workshops available to book on the website .

Website : ortobotanicodilucca.it

Wine tasting at Tenuta di Valgiano

Laura di Collobiano and Moreno Petrini have owned this historic home since the early 1990s and have dedicated the last 30 years to establishing the estate as one of the region's top organic vineyards. The grand manor house, a former aristocratic summer residence originally built in the 15th century, is the heart of the estate. Located at the feet of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, the house is surrounded by 55 hectares of vineyards, olive groves, woods, wheat fields and bee hives. There are four wines biodynamically produced here: three reds and one white. Walk among the vineyards, visit the cellars and taste the fantastic produce with a few nibbles as you soak up the sweeping views across Lucca.

Website : valgiano.it

Atelier Ricci

Among the narrow, cobblestone streets of the city centre lies the fascinating Palazzo Orsetti-Cittadella-Mazzarosa. Inside is treasured Atelier Ricci, a tailoring atelier representing the excellence of Italian craftsmanship. The shop has dressed influential Italian personalities over the years, including Mina and Ornella Vanoni in the Eighties. At present, it’s Patrizia Ricci who passionately drives forward her father’s legacy, continuing to work on this ancient and refined art. She decided to open the doors to her atelier to enable visitors to witness and marvel at these extraordinary interiors covered with silk, damask fabrics and antiques sourced from the best dealers in the city. The atelier also hosts occasional events and a weekly antique market to showcase some of the finest artisans from the city.

Opening times : every Friday of the month Website : atelierriccilucca.com

Medieval walls surrounding the town of Lucca in Tuscany Italy

Bike ride around the city walls

The easiest and quickest route to get to grips with Lucca is via a bike ride around the 40-foot high and 90-foot wide city walls. The path is a flat, three-mile loop shaded under the trees, where you can stop to admire the sights or savour a picnic on the grass along the way. There are many places to rent bikes and e-bikes in the city centre, but for a simple and easy solution, head to Amici Bici, where you can rent a city bike with a little basket for 5 euros per hour (25 euros a day). Pricing also includes a helmet and a lock. Make sure you book a few days before, especially in high season.

Website : amicibici.it

The best restaurants in Lucca

Ristorante il giglio.

Despite this restaurant’s unassuming façade, enter to find an extraordinary world of Venetian stuccoed ceilings and 18th-century frescoes commissioned by the noble Arnolfini family. The refined environment sets the tone for the level of service and standard of food at Ristorante Il Giglio. It was taken over in 2013 by three young chefs, Lorenzo, Stefano and Benedetto, who, through passion and innovation, have brought a fresh meaning to fine dining. Exceptional homemade, crispy sourdough and local olive oil kick start the meal, which can be taken either a la carte or as one of three tasting menus. Menus change on a seasonal basis, but if you see the tartelletta with almonds, persimmon and vanilla cream, be sure to order it – you won’t regret it.

Website : ristorantegiglio.com

Osteria Nova

Osteria Nova

This contemporary restaurant in the heart of the city was opened during the pandemic by Francesco Aytano and Nicola Galatà, who, despite obvious difficulties, managed to successfully create an exceptional foodie hotspot in the city. An intimate space for a dinner date or a laid-back meal with friends, come to sip on excellent local wines and taste food that toes the line between innovation and tradition. A sharing platter of Tuscan cheeses is always a winner, but the selection at Osteria Nova takes it to a whole new level, with a selection of cheese aged under hay, blue cheese and a soft, creamy brie-type cheese, all sourced from local farms. Among the mains, the 800g Fiorentina is a solid option, especially when paired with a glass of San Genovese wine.

Website : osterianova.eatbu.com

L'Imbuto

Whenever he went on surfing holidays with friends, chef Cristiano Tomei would sneak off to visit local markets and see what exciting produce he could discover. He later opened L’Imbuto within the Lucca Center of Contemporary Art, gaining a Michelin star only two years later. Today, however, the restaurant resides within the elegant setting of Palazzo Pfanner’s Limonaia, facing the splendid baroque-style gardens. The chef is known for his creativity and perseverance in curating constantly evolving dishes with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. All you have to do is choose between five, seven or nine courses and sit back to enjoy the experience.

Website : limbuto.it

Buca di Sant’Antonio

Buca di Sant’Antonio is a typical Italian osterie offering a warm environment and rustic Tuscan dishes. Think tables huddled close together, copper pans hanging from the wooden-beamed ceilings and warm, dimmed lighting. The menu is extensive, so it may be hard to choose, but you can’t go wrong with the homemade tagliolini with butter and truffle when in season, although rumour has it Princess Margaret loved the Farro Minestrone...

Website : bucadisantantonio.com

Antica Locanda di Sesto

Antica Locanda di Sesto is a favourite among locals here. Secluded from the city centre, the restaurant’s humble exteriors lead you to a warm, friendly space with wooden boiserie and shelves showcasing local delicacies. Here, you’ll find traditional Tuscan recipes such as the fantastic gigli pasta with Cinta Senese sausage ragù as well as a revived version of a Roman carbonara flamboyantly mantecato (creamed) in a large pecorino wheel. Grilled meats are also a home run, especially when paired with a glass of red wine.

Website : anticalocandadisesto.it

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The best cafés in Lucca, Tuscany

Pasticceria taddeucci.

Pasticceria Taddeucci is considered one of the most historic cafés in Lucca, dating back to 1881 when this small space allured passersby with its exquisite displays of biscuits, nougat, Tuscan cantucci and Pan Puccini in the shop window. But it’s the Buccellato that has this shop famous on an international level, made from a secret recipe handed down from father to son for five generations. A soft, bread-like texture with raisins and star anise, traditionally dipped in Vin Santo or toasted with a spread of mascarpone or jam.

Website : buccellatotaddeucci.it

Caffè Santa Zita

Caffè Santa Zita reopened this year in a new, more sumptuous and opulent setting in Piazza San Frediano, at the feet of the eponymous Basilica and its extraordinary mosaic-filled façade. It’s the perfect example of where tradition meets contemporary; enter for beautifully restored frescoed walls, Murano glass chandeliers and tiled Tessieri floors found in most historic residences of Lucca. But it’s the open cooking that mesmerises guests – watch the pastry chefs lovingly fill Giunchiglie (flower-shaped French-style croissants) with crema pasticcera, chocolate or pistachio cream upon request.

Website : i nstagram.com

The best bars in Lucca, Tuscany

Gigliola is the spin-off daughter of Ristorante Il Giglio for those seeking a more casual, quirky spot. Upon entry, a shelf of perfectly baked sourdough bread welcomes you. Opposite, you’ll find a carefully curated selection of wines: predominantly natural and biodynamic. Visit for sharing plates (the pita with falafel is delicious) as you taste-test your way through local wine in a warm, convivial atmosphere.

Website : gigliolalucca.com

Located within the historic walls of Lucca, Magellano is your go-to for a classic Negroni. Inside this red-brick building, sit back and relax on the distressed, brown leather Chesterfield or take your pick of one of the upholstered antique chairs and sip on your favourite cocktail – there is a separate cocktail menu that changes in line with seasonal produce and mirrors the cuisine at their most recently opened restaurant Magazzino. If you wish to broaden your taste buds and taste something new, then venture for a TPOP: Amaretto, orange liqueur and vanilla.

Website : magellanolucca.it

Enoteca Vanni

Enoteca Vanni is one of the most ancient wine cellars in the city, dating back to the third century AD. The owner, Paolo Petroni, welcomes wine enthusiasts and those eager to experience the finest Italian wine paired with local charcuterie and cheese boards. The selection counts around 55,000 labels meticulously sourced from around the country and across borders, resulting in a collection of some of the finest and rarest bottles in Europe.

Website : enotecavanni.it

The best shops in Lucca, Tuscany

Vineria dolce vita.

The first thing you notice from this character-packed little wine shop is the colourful display of labels stacked on old wooden crates. At Vineria Dolce Vita, Riccardo and Daniela lovingly present their collection of natural and biodynamic wines and a smaller space for regular labels from Lucca and the neighbouring regions. There are other products available to purchase and take home, from olive oil, cantucci, pici pasta and honey, all made by small, local producers.

Website : vineria-dolce-vita.business.site

Gioielleria Carli

Founded in 1655, Gioielleria Carli is one of the country’s oldest and most stunning jewellery stores, known for its opulent interiors and intricate crafts. As you enter, gaze up at the magnificent, frescoed ceiling from which a crystal chandelier hangs. Gaze inside the antique cabinets enclosing ruby, sapphire, emerald and diamond rings, antique brooches, pearl and corral necklaces crafted by the Carli family or created by local goldsmiths.

Website : instagram.com

Pesi & Vinci

Pesi & Vinci is one of the most beautiful clothing stores in the city, housed within the 17th-century frescoed ceilings of Palazzo Bernardini. A family-run store, it is currently managed by the second generation, who continue to source and sell high-quality Italian fashion labels for both men and women. A truly scenic, shopping experience within an awe-inspiring setting.

Website : pesievinci.it

Cartoleria Biagioni

Biagioni is a wonderland for stationery lovers, a classic Italian store selling every type of pen, paper, paintbrush and notebook from renowned brands such as Faber-Castell, Tintoretto, and Moleskine. Stock up on your art supplies or bring back a few goodies for your loved ones.

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15 Best Things to Do in Lucca (Italy)

Lucca is a historical city located in Tuscany on the western coast of Italy – this city lies in close proximity to Pisa and is known as the city of a hundred churches due to its large amount of historical religious structures. Lucca is known throughout Italy for its fantastic medieval city walls that still encircle most of the historic old town.

Originally this city was founded by the Etruscans and was then a Roman colony around 180 BC. During the Roman era, Lucca served as an important meeting place for Julius Caesar and Crassus. In later years, the city was an independent republic for nearly 500 years as part of feudal Italy. During the 19th century, Lucca was conquered by Napoleon, and it finally became part of Unified Italy in 1860. Today, Lucca is a popular tourist destination and has close ties with Pisa.

For those who love historical architecture and Medieval constructs, Lucca is a true haven – as mentioned above, it is known as the city of a hundred churches boasting such buildings as Lucca Cathedral and San Michele in Foro. Furthermore, the extensive city walls show how many Middle Age settlements would have been defended. Aside from the architecture, Lucca also has some fantastic museums, gorgeous public squares and a fine selection of restaurants and bars.

Let’s explore the best things to do in Lucca :

1. Lucca Cathedral

Lucca Cathedral

Located in the historic old town in the Piazza San Martino, the Duomo is a truly impressive structure and is renowned throughout Italy for its stunning façade and design.

The front façade features a series of opulent archways and an ornate portico framing the front doors.

Construction was begun during the 11th century and the church was re-designed in its current form during the 14th century Renaissance.

Next to the church is the immense bell tower that is only half finished – the lower half remains exposed brick and creates a contrast to the white walls of the top two levels.

Inside the cathedral, there is a plethora of beautiful artwork and one of the main features is the sublime shrine of the Sacred Face of Lucca.

2. Piazza dell Anfiteatro

Piazza dell Anfiteatro

This Square is exactly as the name describes and was once a Roman Amphitheatre – the elliptical shape is still evident even if none of the original structure is.

The buildings surrounding the square have been created in the same elliptical shape and are all different heights and colours – the effect is quite astounding and the shades of yellow, cream and white create an inviting open space.

Furthermore, most of the houses have green shutters to create a sense of uniform.

Within the piazza there is also a series of high quality restaurants and cafes all with outdoor seating – a meal within this beautiful square will prove to be a memorable one.

3. Take a walk on the historic city walls

Lucca - Old City Wall

Surrounding the old centre of Lucca is a virtually complete complex of city walls – this defensive network was constructed during the Renaissance and stands to this day.

It is one of the most complete and well preserved fortifications in Italy and you can walk around the whole city through a series of well-maintained promenades.

At strategic intervals there are 11 bastions such as the bulwark of San Martino and the Porta San Pietro.

A complete footpath connects each bastion – the Via delle Mura Urbane; this footpath is lined with trees and stretches for some 4km total length.

Consider walking along this footpath and admiring the old city walls – also walk down to the lower levels to see the walls from the ground and look at the fantastic craftsmanship of the bastions.

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4. San Michele in Foro

San Michele in Foro

Another stunning church in the centre of Lucca, the Basilica di San Michele in Foro features a unique front façade that is not like any other in the city.

The original church was first mentioned in the 8th century but gained its current form during the 13th century.

Above the main arches of the façade are four rows of ornate arches and columns that feature a number of different colours and designs.

Furthermore, above each tow of arches there is some beautiful artwork depicting various wild animals.

The level of detail is quite astounding from the carvings on the columns, to the stonework around the rose windows.

The interior of the church contains some important artworks by Luca della Robbia and Filippno Lippi.

5. Orto Botanico Comunale di Lucca

Orto Botanico Comunale di Lucca

In the south eastern corner of the historic old town you can find the beautiful Communal Botanical Gardens of Lucca.

These gardens are expansive and cover two of the bastions on the city walls.

Established in 1820 by the Duchess of Parma, the gardens are extensive and feature some beautiful species of trees, plants and flowers.

Furthermore, there are several greenhouses, an arboretum, a herbarium and several ponds and water features.

Each section of the gardens is beautifully maintained and the variety of colours and species is wonderful to behold.

6. Torre delle Ore

View of Lucca from atop the Torre delle Ore in Lucca

The Torre delle Ore has served as both a defensive fortification and a clock tower during its 700 year history.

Created in the 14th century, the tower was part of a private structure and was originally used for protection.

As time progressed, the need for defense lessened and the tower was turned into a horological clock tower instead.

Today it is possible to climb a series of stairs to reach the top of the tower for unrivalled views of the city of Lucca.

From here you can see the many other towers within the city and such landmarks as the Cathedral and Basilica of San Frediano.

7. Acquedotto del Nottolini

Acquedotto del Nottolini

To the south of Lucca, you can find a marvel of architectural achievement in the form of the Aqueduct of Nottolini.

This epic structure was once used to carry water from the mountains into the city and contained 400 arches made from stone stretching for 3km.

Today the aqueduct stands in its entirety and you can follow the structure from its beginning at the Temple cistern, through to its end at the Parco dell’Acquedotto.

The surrounding landscape is beautiful and the aqueduct is truly a wonderful construct to behold.

8. Guinigi Tower

Guinigi Tower

Lucca has several interesting historical towers, but none are as interesting as the strange Torre Guinigi – this is the most important and iconic tower in Lucca and is known for its rooftop garden.

Created in the 14th century, this tower is a fantastic example of Romanesque/Gothic architecture and features an exposed brick design with a series of arched windows.

Standing at 45m high, this tower dominates the skyline and can be seen from many places within the city centre.

The most notable feature is not the height however, it is the garden that sits at the very top – this garden contains some beautiful Holm Oak trees that symbolize rebirth and have become an icon of Lucca.

9. Piazza Napoleone

Piazza Napoleone

Located only a short distance from the Piazza dell Anfiteatro, the Square of Napoleon is another fantastic open space within the historic town centre of Lucca and features some important buildings.

To the left hand side of the square you can find the Ducale Palace with its impressive front façade.

In front of the palace is an ornate white statue of Maria Luisa which is in turn framed on three sides by a series if luscious trees.

Other notable structures surrounding the square include the Giglio Theatre, the Museo del Risorgimento and the Prefettura Di Lucca.

10. Museum of Villa Mansi

Villa Mansi

Approximately 25 minutes to the north east of Lucca you can find the historical Villa Mansi.

This villa was constructed during the 16th century by the wealthy Benedetti family and was extended in later years to include a fantastic landscape garden.

The villa itself has an interesting front façade complete with an ornate staircase and an arched portico.

Furthermore the grounds of the villa are extensive and contain a pond, several stunning flower arrangements and a series of marble statues.

Tours are available of the villa and this is a great way to spend an afternoon in the gorgeous Italian sun.

11. Basilica of San Frediano

Basilica of San Frediano

The Basilica of San Frediano is yet another sublime religious structure in the heart of Lucca.

This building is renowned for its front façade that contains a beautiful mosaic and its impressive ornate bell tower.

During the 14th century the mosaic was added to the front of the church and has remained in remarkable condition to this day.

Depicted in the mosaic is the Assension of Christ – you can clearly see the central figure of Christ surrounded by angels and his apostles – the detail and colours are simply fantastic.

The ornate decoration continues inside the church and a notable feature includes a finely decorated 12th century font complete with stone carvings.

12. Enjoy a fine meal at Da Pasquale

Da Pasquale

For an evening of fine dining, great service and excellent drinks, the Da Pasquale restaurant in the centre of Lucca is one of the most inviting places to visit.

Located on the Via del Moro in the heart of the old town, this unassuming establishment benefits from fantastic hosts and high-quality dishes.

The restaurant specializes in seafood but also offers some wonderful Italian dishes such as ravioli and other pastas.

If you enjoy a glass of wine with your meal, the host will help you choose a suitable bouquet from their extensive selection.

The quality of the food, the attentiveness of the staff and the atmosphere will create a magical evening.

13. Sample some fine wine at Vinni Liquori Vanni

Vinni Liquori Vanni

For wine lovers there is no other place in Lucca to visit than the Vinni Liquori Vanni.

On entering this establishment you may think you have simply wondered into a restaurant and indeed the food served here is high quality and delicious.

The real treat however is tucked away in the expansive cellar beneath your feet.

This establishment had a huge wine cellar packed full with a staggering amount of different vintages – if you ask the staff they will take you below and let you peruse the catalogue – if you are lucky you can also have a few samples or even partake in a wine tasting session.

Vinni Liquori Vanni is a wonderful place and the staff are extremely knowledagble – for wine connoisseurs this establishment is an absolute must!

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14. Take a day trip to Pisa

Pisa, Italy

A trip to Lucca would not be complete without visiting the historical city of Pisa – these two cities are only 17km apart and have great transport links.

You can reach Pisa in less than 30 minutes using the regular train or bus service, or even by simply driving there.

Pisa has a plethora of beautiful structures and its location on the River Arno means that it has some fantastic photographic opportunities too.

The main attraction is undoubtedly the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Piazza del Miracole – this complex contains the leaning tower, the magnificent cathedral, the unfinished baptistery and the monumental cemetery.

Aside from this area, Pisa also has a series of interesting museums and galleries.

15. Parco Alpi Apuane

Parco Alpi Apuane

The Apuane Alpine Park is a vast area of natural beauty that contains the Apuan Alps mountain range in the northern part of Tuscany.

This region is located approximately one hour to the north of Lucca further up the coast and is a fantastic place to explore.

Notable mountain peaks include Monte Pisanino, Monte Tambura, Pania della Croce and Monte Sagro.

This region is well known for its exquisite marble, dramatic landscapes and hiking and climbing opportunities.

Points of interest within this park include Mt. Forato, the ancient marble quarries, the stunning Lipu Oasis and the Casola Museum.

For those willing to explore and seek adventure, this region is an endless playground.

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Livorno Cruise Port Guide &The Best Things to Do

Does your cruise stop in livorno italy here’s everything you should know about the livorno cruise port..

On the west coast of Italy sits Livrono, a lively port city that is the gateway for cruisers to two of Italy’s most iconic cities: Pisa and Florence.

Perched within Tuscany, this colorful city is the third-largest in the region. Being so conveniently located near many of Italy’s popular attractions, there really is an abundance for cruisers to see and do.

As a travel advisor who specializes in cruises, I have extensive knowledge of cruise ports and the best shore excursions for each.

In this article, I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about Livorno Cruise Port and how to best plan your visit.

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Where is Livorno Cruise Port Located?

Livorno Cruise Port is located within the main Port of Livorno which sits right beside Livorno city, on the northwest coast of Italy.

Within the Tuscany region in Italy, Livorno is the closest cruise port to Pisa and Florence.

Pisa is a 40-minute taxi ride or a 20-minute train journey from Livorno Cruise Port and Florence is a 1.5-hour taxi ride or train journey from the cruise terminal.

The Livorno Cruise Port is vast with berths that can accommodate up to 8 cruise ships at any one time. The berths are dotted around the harbor, on different piers.

Beside each berth are a taxi rank, tourist information center, car rental stand, and opportunities to book day trips and tours. 

How to Get to Livorno City Center from the Cruise Port

The cruise port is located within a working industrial port and to journey from the cruise port to Livorno city, you’d have to travel through the working part of the port which is in fact not permitted on foot for health and safety reasons.

The good news is that the port offers a shuttle service from the cruise terminal to Piazza Grande, in the city center.

From Piazza Grande, it’s a 30-minute walk to Livorno Centrale, the main train station in the city.

Alternatively, there is a taxi rank beside every cruise terminal so you can grab a taxi directly to your destination.

Are There Free Shuttles From Livorno Cruise Port?

There are shuttle buses to Livorno city center offered to every cruise ship passenger. However, the cost depends on your cruise liner. Some cruise lines offer shuttles for free to their cruise passengers, and others charge a fee that you can expect to be around €5.

Can You Walk into Livorno from Your Cruise Ship?

It isn’t possible to walk from the cruise terminal into Livorno city center.

Health and safety regulations don’t permit walking in the industrial port. Even if it was allowed, the distance between the cruise ship berths and the city is very great and it would take you over an hour to walk into Livorno which isn’t practical.

There are however shuttles available that will take you from Livorno Cruise Port straight into the city of Livorno dropping you at Piazza Grande, a key square in the middle of the city.

Are there Taxis Available from Livorno Cruise Port?

Yes, there is a taxi rank beside every cruise ship in Livorno Cruise Port which will have enough taxis in it to accommodate all passengers looking to get a taxi.

Best Shore Excursions from the Livorno Cruise Port

Livorno Cruise Port is one of the busiest cruise ports in Italy due to its fantastic central location near many of Italy’s most extraordinary attractions.

There’s a host of things to see and do nearby. I’ll delve into some of my favorites below.

1. Leaning Tower of Pisa

Only a 40-minute drive or 20-minute train ride from Livorno city center, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa really is a must for anyone visiting Livorno! The 56-meter high 14th-century tower can be found in the heart of the city of Pisa.

The tower is located beside the impressive Cattedrale di Pisa (Cathedral), and Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptist Church), enabling you to marvel at a number of incredible landmarks on your visit.

Trains run between Livorno and Pisa a couple of times per hour making it a quick and convenient way to journey between the two cities. From Pisa station, it’s a 20-minute walk to the famous tower.

Guided Tour

  • Small group walking tour for a more personalized experience
  • Expert local guide with insider knowledge
  • Pre-reserved tickets for the leaning tower of Pisa

Florence and Pisa

  • Port pick up and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Guaranteed on-time return to the pier

Alternatively, buses run every 10 minutes between the station and Torre 1, a bus stop just outside the square where the tower is found.

You can book a guided tour of Pisa which includes admission tickets  such as this one.

Another way to reach the Leaning Tower of Pisa is on a guided tour from Livorno.  This full-day tour  combines a visit to the tower with a trip to Florence, another incredible city in Italy.

2. Florence

Florence is the vibrant capital of the Tuscany region in Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the city is famed for its stunning medieval architecture and monuments as well as museums.

It’s no surprise that a day trip to Florence is a must for many cruisers who arrive at Livorno Cruise Port.

Florence can be reached via train. Trains run from Livorno to Florence several times per day, roughly once per hour. The journey is direct (you don’t need to change trains) and takes 1 and a half hours each way.

Livorno Shore Excursion to Florence

  • Hassle-free round-trip transfers from Livorno to Florence
  • Convenient pick-up and dropoff points at the cruise port and city center
  • A complimentary map of Florence’s historic center to explore on your own
  • About 4.5 hours of free time to take in the Renaissance highlights

A taxi between Livorno Cruise Port and Florence also takes 1 and a half hours each way but is considerably more expensive than the train.

Perhaps the easiest way to visit Florence is via an arranged shore excursion with a guide, such as  this one . The tour takes you directly from Livorno Cruise Port to Florence and allows you over 4 hours to see the highlights of the city.

3. Cinque Terre

Just north of Livorno is a beautiful stretch of coastline known as Cinque Terre, characterized by colorful settlements which are stacked upon cliffs in bays that arc around turquoise waters.

The area encompasses 5 fishing villages, which make up part of the Cinque Terre National Park , an area of outstanding natural beauty.

You can journey to Cinque Terre from Livorno Cruise Port via taxi. Alternatively, you can book a tour.  This private tour  spans over 8 hours and visits different villages along the coastline.

  • Private Tour
  • Private luxury vehicle with driver for 8 hours
  • Private official tour guide for 4 hours in Cinque Terre
  • Private pick up and drop off in Livorno Cruise Port
  • Local Taxes

Cinque Terre and Pisa

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  • Private transportation
  • WiFi on board
  • Bottled water
  • Pisa driving tour plus a stop at the Leaning Tower, Duomo, and Baptistery

There are tours available that combine a visit to Cinque Terre with Pisa, such as  this one . This is perfect if you wish to visit both beautiful locations during your day in Livorno.

4. San Gimignano

Nestled in the rolling hills of Tuscany is this charming town, oozing with history and encircled by 13th-century walls. The UNESCO World Heritage Site town is famous for its incredible medieval architecture and striking 11 towers.

Not only is the town itself gorgeous to admire, but it’s surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards.

One of the best things to do in San Gimignano is to try some of the delicious locally-produced wine and produce.   This food and wine-tasting tour   has exceptional online reviews and allows you to sample local cuisine from a traditional organic farm.

Food and Wine Tasting

  • Visit a family-run organic farm and winery
  • Taste three wines
  • End with wine and “cantucci” biscuits

Cooking Class

  • Learn how to make traditional Tuscan dishes in a local farmhouse kitchen
  • Prepare up to six course

 Volterra & San Gimignano

  • Sample five different Chianti wines
  • Air-conditioned vehicle

San Gimignano is also the perfect location to try a  traditional Tuscan cooking class.

The best way to reach San Gimignano from Livorno port is to take a taxi. The journey should take around 1 and a half hours.

Another great way to visit the town is on a shore excursion tour, such as  this one , which visits both San Gimignano and Volterra, another gorgeous town.

5. Fortezza Vecchia

One of the main attractions in Livorno itself is this 11th-century fort which is right in the middle of Livorno port. It’s a spectacular fortress that is well worth admiring either before or after your main shore excursion.

This fortress, also known as the Old Fort, is the symbol of Livorno. It’s open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 9am to 8pm and is free to visit . There is a cafe right next to the fort called Fortezza. 

6. Wine Tasting

Tuscany is an area that’s renowned for its wine production. Therefore, if you’re into your wines, embarking on a wine tasting tour really is one of the best ways to get to know the region.

This full-day wine tour  starts in Livorno and takes you to some charming spots where you can sample the local wine. You’ll also have the opportunity to wander round Livorno city and even explore the bustling local market.

Full Day Wine Tour

  •  Survey the city’s two impressive fortresses
  • Sanctuary of Montenero
  •  Stop at one of Bolgheri’s prestigious wineries to tour the cellars
  •  Village of Castagneto Carducci

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  • Explore the Tuscan countryside
  • Learn about Chianti wines from your private driver-guide
  • Sample local wine and olive oil in Chianti

This private wine tour  takes you to the Chianti wine region where you will visit vineyards and learn all about the wine-making process before getting to sample some. The tour will pick you up and drop you off right by your cruise ship.

Just 1 hour north from Livorno via road is Lucca, a city perched on the Serchio river. Nestled at the base of the Apuan Alps, this striking city is steeped in history, housing beautiful ancient churches, a clock tower and even traces of a Roman amphitheater, which are hidden behind the city walls.

It’s a 45 taxi ride to reach Lucca . Alternatively, Lucca can be reached via train. In order to visit the city, you’ll have to change trains in Pisa. The train to Pisa from Livorno takes 20 minutes and the second train from Pisa to Lucca takes 30 minutes.

Tours of Lucca from Livorno are also available. Sitting just north of Pisa, many tours combine a visit to both cities, such as  this one.

Livorno to Lucc

  • Free WiFi on-board On-board
  • Walking tour in Lucca with escort
  • Free map of Lucca and Pisa
  • Access to the Leaning Tower

8. Livorno City

For your day docked at Livorno Cruise Port, you may simply wish to explore the surrounding city, which although not as well known as Pisa or Florence, houses its own unique gems.

One of the best ways to explore the city is via a food and market tour.  This walking tour takes you to Livrono’s central market, known as Mercato Centrale.

This is in fact one of the largest markets in Europe. At this lively market, you’ll be able to sample local dishes, snacks, and drinks.

If you are interested in seeing the key sights of the city then a   hop-on hop-off bus tour  of Livorno may be what you’re looking for.

Getting From Livorno Airport to the Cruise Port

The closest airport to the Livorno cruise terminal is Pisa Airport which is 20 km (12.4 miles) north of Livorno.

The easiest way to travel between Pisa Airport and Livorno Cruise Port is by taxi or  private transfer  which typically takes between 20 and 30 minutes.

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Taking the train is also an option, although it takes considerably longer and may be challenging if you have lots of luggage.

It’s roughly a 20-minute walk between Pisa Airport and Pisa Centrale, the train station. It’s then a 20-minute train journey to Livorno station, followed by a 30-minute walk to Piazza Grande, where the shuttle buses to the cruise port stop.

Places to Stay Near Livorno Cruise Port

If you are looking for a convenient place to stay near Livorno Cruise Port then Agave in Città , a highly rated apartment with fantastic views over the canal is a fantastic option.

Boasting exceptional online reviews, this accommodation is conveniently located very close to the cruise port, just 600 meters away. A concierge, bar, and indoor pool are stationed at the property.

A little further away from the cruise port is 900 B&B , a charming B&B in a beautifully restored building that serves a selection of fresh pastries for breakfast.

Hotel Universal is another great option, although it sits just outside the city. Perched right on the seafront, the views from this hotel are exceptional.

Best Time to Visit Livorno

The best time to visit Tuscany is between April and October when the weather is more favorable. The height of summer (June, July, and August) will provide the best weather. The summer months are also the busiest time to visit Livorno and key sights can be very crowded.

➡️ To strike the best balance between good weather and fewer crowds, I’d recommend visiting Tuscany outside of the holiday season. April, May, September, and October are all great months.

Cruise Lines that Visit Livorno Cruise Port

A large number of cruise liners stop at Livorno Cruise Port. These include:

  • MSC Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Viking Ocean
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Marella Cruises
  • P&O Cruises
  • Saga Ocean Cruises
  • Princess Cruises

Livorno Cruise Port FAQS

How far is livorno center from the cruise port.

Livorno city center is right beside the cruise port. However the sheer size of the cruise port and health and safety guidelines mean that you can’t walk into Livorno city from the cruise terminal. A shuttle bus between the two takes around 10 minutes.

How to get to Livorno train station from the cruise port

There are a number of ways that you can journey to Livorno train station from the cruise terminal.

The easiest way is via taxi. A taxi rank beside each cruise ship allows you to journey directly from your cruise ship to the train station, which will take around 15 minutes.

Alternatively, you can take the shuttle bus from the cruise port to Piazza Grande in the city center, and from there, it’s a 30-minute walk to Linorvo Train Station.

How far is Pisa from the cruise port?

Pisa is 23 km (14 miles) north of Livorno Cruise Port and can be reached via a 40 minute taxi ride or a 20 minute train ride from Linorvo Train Station.

How far is Florence from Livorno cruise port?

Florence is 93 km (57.8 miles) east of Livorno Cruise Port and can be reached by either a 1-and-a-half-hour train or taxi ride from Livorno.

Can you see Florence and Pisa on the same day?

Yes, it is possible to visit both Florence and Pisa on the same day.

I’d recommend journeying between the two cities via either taxi or as part of a tour. Taking public transport such as the train will certainly be more challenging.

There are a number of guided tours available which will take you to both cities, such as  this one .

Final Thoughts on the Livorno Cruise Port

Livorno Cruise Port is a great destination to stop at on your cruise as it allows you the opportunity to visit some of the most iconic cities in Italy, such as Pisa and Florence.

The shuttle bus service offered by the port means it’s very easy to journey into the city and the number of shore excursions on offer here means that there really is no shortage of things to do.

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Although they are both charming, I would choose Pistoia ; a big AM market snaking through town Wed and Sat.

Arriving at Montecatini Centro, you walk through the baths and park, then ride the 19th century funicular up to Alta for views and lunch.

Viareggio the beach clubs are private, and the preferred means of getting around is by rented bicycles; large bicycle paths.

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Italy’s Jonathan Milan celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 4th stage of the of the Giro d’Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race from Acqui Terme to Andora, Tuesday, May 7, 2024. (Gianmattia D’Alberto/LaPresse via AP)

Italy’s Jonathan Milan sprints to cross the finish line and win the 4th stage of the of the Giro d’Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race from Acqui Terme to Andora, Tuesday, May 7, 2024. (Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via AP)

Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar wears the pink jersey of the race overall leader as he celebrates on podium after completing the 4th stage of the of the Giro d’Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race from Acqui Terme to Andora, Tuesday, May 7, 2024. (Gianmattia D’Alberto/LaPresse via AP)

The pack rides along the coastline during the 4th stage of the of the Giro d’Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race from Acqui Terme to Andora, Tuesday, May 7, 2024. (Fabio Ferrari/LaPresse via AP)

Italy’s Jonathan Milan celebrates on podium after winning the 4th stage of the of the Giro d’Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race from Acqui Terme to Andora, Tuesday, May 7, 2024. (Gianmattia D’Alberto/LaPresse via AP)

The pack rides along the coastline during the 4th stage of the of the Giro d’Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race from Acqui Terme to Andora, Tuesday, May 7, 2024. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP)

Cyclists start the 4th stage of the of the Giro d’Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race from Acqui Terme to Andora, Tuesday, May 7, 2024. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP)

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ANDORA, Italy (AP) — On the fourth day of his first Giro d’Italia , Tadej Pogacar finally took it easy.

The Slovenian’s overall lead remained unchanged as he let the sprinters assume the spotlight and Jonathan Milan won the fourth stage on Tuesday in a bunch finish.

Pogacar, who is attempting to win both the Giro and Tour de France this year, had been at the center of attention in the opening three stages.

In Stage 1, he immediately gained time on all of his direct rivals and finished third in a sprint. Then he claimed the pink jersey by winning the second stage and nearly caught the sprinters by surprise in Stage 3 with a late attack.

This time, Pogacar sat tight in the peloton as Milan edged Kaden Groves and Phil Bauhaus at the line for his second victory at the Giro after claiming the second stage last year.

Milan, who rides for the Lidl-Trek team, also reclaimed the points jersey that he won last year.

Milan also competes in track cycling and he helped Italy to the gold medal in team pursuit at the Tokyo Olympics.

Pogacar, the two-time Tour de France champion, remained 46 seconds ahead of Geraint Thomas and 47 seconds ahead of Daniel Martinez.

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Milan required slightly more than 4 hours to complete the 190-kilometer (118-mile) route from Acqui Terme to the seaside town of Andora — which followed some of the same roads used in the Milan-San Remo classic.

There was a third-category climb midway through the stage and then a short ascent to Capo Mele that ended with less than three kilometers to the finish — followed by a short but high-speed descent. Then the final 800 meters were flat.

Francisco Muñoz and Stefan De Bod, who were involved in an early breakaway, were caught by the main pack with a few kilometers (miles) remaining. Then time trial specialist Filippo Ganna made a solo attack up the Capo Mele but he was caught within sight of the finish to set up the sprint.

“My track teammate Ganna really put us under pressure but he also helped us in a way,” Milan said. “And then (teammate) Simone Consonni did just a fantastic lead-out. And then I just had to play my cards.”

Eritrean rider Biniam Girmay’s run of bad luck at the Giro was extended when he fell twice on rain-slicked roads and had to abandon the race. Girmay also had to abandon two years ago when he was struck in the eye by a cork popped from a bottle of Italian sparkling wine as he celebrated becoming the first Black African to win a stage at a grand tour.

Stage 5 on Wednesday follows a 178-kilometer (111-mile) undulating route from Genoa to Lucca that could provide grounds for more fireworks from Pogacar.

The Giro ends in Rome on May 26.

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