Biking on Lucca’s walls

Lucca walls

 

For anyone who loves being on a bike, or wants to see the city from a different perspective, or just wants to break up the museums-churches-walking routine, I definitely recommend adding this short and easy bike ride to your Lucca visit. And, you can say you’ve been cycling in Tuscany without having had to sweat your way up Tuscany’s many hills. 

 

As you can see from the google maps screen shot below, the walls (and hence the path) completely circle the city, but you’re not balancing on a narrow wall, as many people first imagine. The path is very wide (wide enough that it was once used as a racetrack), and since it’s also completely flat and full of great picnic spots (here are some tips on picnicking in Italy), I often recommend it as a great activity for anyone traveling in Italy with kids. And when you’re done biking there is a lot more to see and do in Lucca.


Lucca walls

 

Bike rental: Rent bikes at Cicli Bizzarri, inside the walls at the north end / top of the town. They are open daily, and there’s no need to reserve a bike in advance unless you are booking bikes for a large group. Rental rates are a few Euros an hour, and they’ll keep your ID while you take the bike out. They also rent helmets but they’ll tell you they’re not necessary. Riding one circuit on the walls will take you about 25 minutes at a relatively slow pace (it’s a park, with people walking, lots of bikes etc. so don’t expect to race around), but if you’d like to go for a longer ride, ask the people at Cicli Bizzarri – they have plenty of nearby route suggestions. 

Cicli Bizzarri, Piazza Santa Maria, 32, 55100 Lucca, Italy +39 0583 496682 ‎

 

Cycling gear: Absolutely do not worry about cycling gear for this bike ride. You can rent a helmet but after being in Lucca five minutes you’ll see that practically nobody wears one. But Lucca is a big biking town, and you’ll see women on bikes wearing skirts, heels, and carrying designer bags. So really, wear whatever you want.

 

Nearby: It’s very easy to do a day trip to Lucca from Florence (it’s about an hour on the train), or include it on a Tuscany itinerary that might also include Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, Monteriggioni, the magical roofless Abbey of San Galgano, Montepulciano and Pienza. It’s not even that far (though I wouldn’t recommend it as a day trip) from one of my favorite hotels in Italy, the Locanda Dell’Amorosa.

Photo of Lucca’s walls by Sanjay


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Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in Cycling, Tuscany | 9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. villa estartit
    February 28, 2011

    Thanks for this informative stuff.I have to travel to Italy during my next vacations.I love hiking and biking.I will surely visit to
    Lucca’s walls for biking purpose.

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    • Muha
      July 30, 2012

      – Oh WOW! The setting is sooo amnziag! I love all the photos from Tuscany. They are incredibly beautiful. The light so soft! I really wish I could have joined you guys. Hope to meet you soon!

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      • Cristhiane
        October 9, 2012

        If money is not an issue go by car, and keep to the highways. They are exsnepive and you need to pay attention to the limited traffic zones, but if it’s speedy transport you want it’s the best way to go.

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  2. Louis
    January 15, 2012

    I just sent this post to a bunch of my friends as I agree with most of what you’re saying here and the way you’ve presented it is awesome.

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  3. Lucca Italy
    September 6, 2012

    Biking is one of the most common activities we do in Lucca. But the walls are also perfect for walking or jogging and for picnics! An unforgettable experience!

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  4. Darryl Stal
    September 18, 2014

    Biking with my kids on the walls of Lucca was an amazing experience. The path is flat, wide and shady with lots of green space surrounding it. The views of the city inside and outside the walls was impressive.

    We had combined a visit to Lucca on a day trip to Pisa. We drove from Florence to Pisa first for the morning and spent the afternoon in Lucca for lunch and biking.

    We wore no helmets nor did we see anyone else wearing them. Although back home in Canada, we always wear our helmets when biking.

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  5. jonathan
    December 16, 2014

    I went in Lucca this summer and there is a nice shop in front of the station, the staff were very cordial , i rented some bikes, one for me and my wife and two for our kids, we paid for three hours and we used the bike for more and when we returned we just paid the difference, there you can also leave your bags in safe and buy postcards.

    They give you helmets to use during your trip if you want and from this shop you can reserve tour in all the Tuscany, we were in Cinque Terre and it’s so beautiful,
    If you need they can contact for you some good hotels situated in the town center.

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  6. amisha
    August 2, 2016

    Do they rent bikes for kids? Also do they have training wheels?

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