To live like a local is to eat like a local. This tour is going to show you how to drink and dine as locals 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?
Start the Lucca tour at the very spot that welcomes most visitors to the city: Lucca train station. From there, head through the majestic city walls and reach the beautiful Cathedral Square, giving you your first taste of life in Lucca. To truly 'taste' the city, you need to put your taste buds at work. Italians never start the day without their espresso fix, so you will do as the locals do and savor a cup of coffee. Because a good espresso goes best with a delicious treat, we will also taste a traditional delicacy: the Buccellato cake. The tour will take you to a place where the secret recipe has been closely guarded since 1881. With caffeine and sugar fueling us, 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. Soon it is 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 will taste the best selection in one of the most beautiful chocolate shops in town. Don’t worry, though, as you will keep moving so you can walk off that chocolate stop. You will 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 the Lucca tour will bring you to Roman times in the Piazza della Anfiteatro, or Amphitheatre Square, which is full of typical shops – and lunch. We will 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, have a glass of good local wine or artisan beer. Salute!