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Flavors of Lucca

Highlights / General details 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, cappuccino… what more could you want on a yummy Italian food tour?! 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. Inclusion Local English-speaking guide; Food and drink/wine samples. Exclusion Hotel pick-up and drop-off; Additional food and beverages; Souvenirs and items of a personal nature; Gratuities for your local guide. Hours of operation Available daily; Start time at 10:00am. Duration Approximately 2.5 hours. Location Meeting Point: Entrance to Lucca train station, under the taxi sign. Ending Point: Square San Michele in Foro. Itinerary We’ll start our Lucca tour at the very spot that welcomes most visitors to the city: the Lucca train station. From there, we’ll 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’ll do as the locals do and savor a cup of coffee. And because a good espresso goes best with a delicious treat, we’ll taste a traditional delicacy: Buccellato cake. We’ll take you to a place where the secret recipe has been closely guarded since 1881. With caffeine and sugar fuelling us, we’ll 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’ll 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. We’ll 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 tour will bring us to Roman times in the Piazza della Anfiteatro, or Amphitheatre Square, which is full of typical shops – and lunch! We’ll 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’ll cheers with a glass of good local wine or artisan beer. Salute! Additional Information Please wear casual dress and comfortable shoes for walking. Participant restrictions Children younger than 6 are permitted at no extra cost, but please make sure you inform our guides of this before you take the tour. Policies Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher. **All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**