Pisa and Lucca Day Trip from Florence

Book a stress-free trip to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Lucca's medieval walls in a day

Travel Flexibly 4.9 / 5 See All 15 Reviews · 9.00h · Florence, Italy

Don’t want to miss out on seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa while you’re in Florence? This great value day trip gives you that and more! Explore the beautiful Tuscan cities of Pisa and Lucca, with comfortable modern transport and an expert local trip leader. You’ll see the famous Leaning Tower, admire the magnificent Pisa Cathedral, stroll along Lucca’s medieval walls, and can even taste one of Italy's most famous cakes. It’s the perfect way to explore Tuscany’s enchanting cities!

  • Pisa and Lucca in a day
  • Comfortable, return transportation from Florence
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Pisa Cathedral and Piazza dei Miracoli
  • The walled city of Lucca
  • Piazza dell'Anfiteatro
  • Lucca's San Martino Cathedral
  • Guinigi Tower, the original urban roof garden

After meeting your local trip leader and the rest of your group at an easy meeting point in central Florence, you'll board your comfortable, climate-controlled bus for the drive to Pisa, and later Lucca. Along the way you'll hear the story of these historic Italian cities, and once you arrive you'll have plenty of free time to see the best of each city independently and at your own pace.

First, you'll visit Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower. Get your cheesy (but must-do) photo holding up the tower, then explore the beautiful Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa Cathedral, and more. Next, you'll travel to picturesque Lucca, known for its amphitheater main square, Guinigi Tower, and well-preserved medieval walls. After exploring the beautiful center and strolling around the walls, make sure you try out the delicious traditional buccellato cakes sold at bakeries throughout the city before returning to Florence.

Pisa and Lucca from Florence Day Trip Description

Your 9-hour tour includes:

  • Comfortable, air-conditioned, round-trip transportation from Florence

  • Up to 3.5 hours free time in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower, Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa Cathedral, and more

  • Up to 2.5 hours free time to explore Lucca's historic center, medieval walls, and try local Buccellato cake!

  • Friendly, English-speaking trip leader for the day

Please note that the exact order of this trip may change due to traffic, public events, or other factors. Tickets to enter the Leaning Tower and Guinigi Tower are not included.

Transportation Included from Florence

Beginning at a convenient location in central Florence, you'll hop on a modern, air-conditioned coach to Pisa. Drive through the rolling hills of Tuscany, seeing the stunning landscape as your driver takes you to Pisa and later, Lucca.

Avoid the hassle of the trains, tickets or a rental car. Sit back and relax on your wonderful day trip from Florence.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

When in Italy, snapping a photo holding up the tower is simply a must-do! On your first stop of the day, you'll experience the great Leaning Tower of Pisa and will have up to 3.5 hours of free time to explore this historic city.

Built in the 12th century celebrating victory after a conquest of Palermo, medieval Pisa was a powerful city-state. Unaware of the lack of stability on the marshy hill, the great tower took over 200 years to build but was not intended to be at an angle. Now reinforced to maintain at a stable tilt, the Leaning Tower has become one of Italy's most famous sites.

Had it stayed straight up, few would visit the impressive landmark today. Experience the Tower in person, taking in the grandeur and uniqueness of this accidental world icon.

Pisa Cathedral and the Piazza dei Miracoli

Built along with the Tower over 800 years ago, Pisa is centered around the Piazza dei Miracoli. Translated to the "field of miracles" in English, the grand square of Pisa is an impressive locale on its own. During your bus journey to Pisa, your trip leader will explain its rich history and its importance to the city, so you'll have a little context as you admire the beautifully constructed Renaissance-era architecture that surrounds the square.

Across the square from the Leaning Tower, visit the great Cattedrale di Pisa—one of Italy's most impressive churches. Alongside the cathedral, the stunning Baptistery and Monumental Cemetery are also sights to behold.

Lunch in Pisa

Although lunch isn't included in the tour price, Pisa is home to many wonderful local restaurants and it's a great chance to experience some authentic Tuscan cuisine (and maybe some wine too!). If you'd like some recommendations on where to eat, your trip leader will be happy to help.

Lucca—Tuscany's Most Beautiful Town?

From Pisa, you'll take a short ride through vineyards and riverbeds to Lucca. Protected by its well-preserved medieval walls, the colorful stucco and cobbled squares are unfiltered Tuscan magnificence.

You'll have up to 2.5 hours of free time to explore this enchanting little city. Head through the alleyways and piazzas of old town Lucca and head uphill for ultimate view above the city's ceramic rooftops. Though less visited than its leaning compatriot, Lucca's Guinigi Tower dominates the Lucchese skyline and is a great comparison to the tower in Pisa.

After strolling past the antique shops, ancient streets, and beautiful piazzas that make so many people fall in love with Lucca, we know what will make your trip to the city truly memorable. Before heading back to Florence, make sure you try the Luccan specialty, Buccellato. Sold in bakeries throughout the city, this delicious ring-shaped cake is perfect for your afternoon coffee, completing this wonderful Tuscan day trip.

What you get with this tour
Comfortable, air-conditioned round-trip transportation from Florence
Up to 3.5 hours free time in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower, Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa Cathedral, and more
Up to 2.5 hours free time to explore Lucca's historic center, medieval walls, and try local Buccellato cake!
Friendly, English-speaking trip leader for the day
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Nice Sites, No Tour
19 February 2024
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BRIAN D HARINGER

I thought I signed up for a tour, but it’s just a bus ride to Pisa and Lucca. There is a guide on the bus, but once we arrived to the towns, folks were handed off to an official guide, except for the four people in my group. What did (or didn’t) I sign up for? And we arrived to Lucca during lunch time, so nothing was open. Maybe in the future, go to Lucca first, then to Pisa.

09 February 2024
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BRIAN D HARINGER

Amazing Trip
02 December 2023
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Reviewed by
Erin McDonald

This was a great day tour from Florence. Perfect amount of time in Pisa and Lucca. Was a small group of 6people so felt like an almost private tour. This is hosted by a third party company and I was a little unsure but they did a great job and I was able to upgrade on the day to include the 2x walking tours which were fantastic. Would highly recommend!!!!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Comfortable shoes for walking, some water, and a camera. Some snacks for the journeys are always a good idea too!

How much free time will I have in each city?

You'll have up to 3.5 hours in Pisa, and up to 2.5 hours in Lucca.

Does this trip include guided tours?

No guided tours are included. You'll have completely free time in both cities to explore at your own pace, and your trip leader can offer recommendations.

Is this day trip only available in English?

No, it is also suitable for Spanish speakers. German and Italian speaking trip leaders are also available for bookings of 4 or more people.

What to bring?

Comfortable shoes for walking, some water, and a camera. Some snacks for the journeys are always a good idea too!

Is lunch included with this tour?

No, lunch isn't included but you'll have plenty of free time and your trip leader can offer some recommendations on where to eat.

Is this trip run by The Tour Guy?

No, this tour is operated by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Florence.

Does the tour include tickets to enter the Leaning Tower and Guinigi Tower?

No, entry is not included to these sites, but you can choose to visit during your free time.

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