A Bike Stroll Around Lucca


A Bike Stroll Around Lucca

Often overlooked by people visiting Tuscany, Lucca is indeed a little gem full of history and wonderful architectural examples from the Renaissance: the old walls, the Cathedral di San Martino, the wonderful church of San Michele in Foro, the famous Piazza Anfiteatro with its unique oval shape.


Lucca, The Nottolini Aqueduct

[pullquote]There’s nothing like a bike stroll around Lucca to see the city and its surroundings from a different perspective[/pullquote]

Apart from loafing around the old narrow streets, enjoying every little corner, a lovely way to explore Lucca and its surrounding is a stroll by bike.

While you can easily hire a bike and tour the city walls by yourselves, a guided tour adds a lot to the experience, showing more nice places outside the city.


Lucca, Testing the Bikes

Emilio and Serena are two nature guides who founded Eco-guide, with the objective to let people discover the beautiful surroundings of Lucca. Slowly, on foot or by bike, to fully savor the landscape.


Lucca, a View on the City from the Walls

After having tested and chosen the right bike, the tour started on the ancient walls circling the old city. From there, the perspective is different and it wasn’t long before we stopped to catch a few photos of beautiful historical buildings.


Bloggers at work

We then headed towards the outskirts of Lucca and pedalled along the Nottolini aqueduct. Seen from above, the arches of the aqueduct are quite impressive.


Lucca, the Old Aqueduct and the Temple Cistern

At the far end, there’s the old ‘Temple Cistern’ – owing its name from its circular shape – from where we enjoyed the view of the entire aqueduct and a glimpse of the mountains.


After the Bike Stroll… Time for Ice-Cream

Back in Lucca, we treated ourselves with a little rest and a well-deserved ice-cream. Emilio and Serena told us a little more about Eco-guide excursions, which include education walks with kids in the woods, bike rides in Garfagnana and night walks on Monte Pisano. And as Emilio and Serena are very attentive to the environment, every starting point is reached by train.


Lucca, Duomo di San Martino

Our stroll is almost over. Heading back to the bike rental we stop for a while to admire the gorgeous Duomo di San Martino and its wonderful marble sculptures and carvings.
Our day in Lucca turns to its end in the most beautiful way: a lovely sunset with a view on Lucca’s old walls.


Sunset in Lucca

Note: the day in Lucca was part of the Blog Trip “Like a Local Between Pisa & Lucca”  organized and hosted by Casa Gentili (a lovely B&B near Pisa) and Avventurosa (travel social media specialists). However, all views and opinions expressed are uniquely personal.

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  • Lindy
    Posted at 20:45h, 05 March Reply

    Wow, it’s beautiful out there! Love the photos.

  • kelly
    Posted at 19:24h, 22 October Reply

    Lucca really is beautiful in autumn. We was there last week and also enjoyed the biking round the walls and watching the sunset while eating pizza. It really is a hidden gem, and well worth a visit!

    • Simon
      Posted at 10:26h, 23 October Reply

      I agree with you, Kelly. Lucca is beautiful, possibly my favorite city in Tuscany. And a bike ride on the walls at sunset is a real treat.

  • waitinginthedark
    Posted at 23:07h, 13 November Reply

    Biking around the wall and in the surroundings is truly a lovely experience. I’m sure you and Alan would love it!

  • Donna Hull
    Posted at 22:42h, 13 November Reply

    Lucca is one of my favorite Italian cities. I enjoyed walking in the old town on a Saturday afternoon in October. Many locals, especially teens, were busy shopping in the boutiques. Great people watching! Next time, I want to ride bikes around the wall!

  • Jenna
    Posted at 20:41h, 08 September Reply

    I haven’t been to Lucca yet. This looks like a truly wonderful way to spend the day. And such beautiful architecture!

  • Ciki
    Posted at 10:31h, 27 July Reply

    so nice! i wanna visit Lucca on bike, and have icecream:)

  • Gio Palatucci
    Posted at 20:53h, 18 July Reply

    I loved cycling in Lucca and the loop atop the city wall provides great views, however the track is short! Don’t plan on just cycling the wall. You can loop it several times in only a half hour. Although navigating the cobblestone streets is tougher, you’ll get to see more of the city that way.

  • Robin | My Melange
    Posted at 20:23h, 18 July Reply

    Glad you loved it. It’s one of my favorite places in Tuscany and biking the walls is a fabulous way to experience it!

  • Debra Kolkka
    Posted at 23:42h, 17 July Reply

    I have a house in Bagni di Lucca (near Lucca) where I spend several months a year. I love Lucca!! I have never found the start of the aquaduct. You have inspired me to have a good look.
    Lucca is becoming very busy with tourists in summer. I hope it doesn’t become too popular.

  • John
    Posted at 23:58h, 15 July Reply

    I really enjoyed my visit to Lucca. I walked around the walls and the city streets. I was most impressed by the Guinigi Tower with the oak trees Holm Oak trees on top and the view over the rooftops, walls out to the hills beyond.

  • waitinginthedark
    Posted at 00:12h, 16 July Reply

    I can hardly imagine anyone visiting Lucca and not falling in love with the city. And you’re right about the Guinigi Tower… Quite impressive!

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