For family travel in Tuscany, we offer a wide selection of Family Tours & Art exploration especially for children in Lucca, in collaboration with specialized docents who expertly share their passion for Lucca through fun and engaging kids’ activities.
Tours available in English / Italian / German / Chinese / Spanish •
To book a tour for the whole family, please contact us.
Our sketch tour for families gets kids looking and drawing some of the most famous beasts and mystical symbols depicted all around Lucca. Kids will be challenged to find a menagerie of animals on the most famous churches in town, on towers, buildings and shops, finishing at the stunning church of San Frediano. Along the way, children will create a comic strip, incorporating the images we have explored into their own cartoon story. A unique memento of their visit to Lucca! All materials included.
Lord Guinigi’s Lost Treasure – A Sketch Hunt for Kids & Families around Lucca (3 hrs., 240 euro)
This classic discovery of Lucca follows a storytelling narrative through the Ages: Bringing families thru an Adventure in Time from Roman Emperors to Napoleon. where kids experience a kind of treasure hunt in a quest to uncover the powerful Lord Guinigi’s lost treasure. As the children search for clues to its whereabouts, they discover the interconnections of famous elements of art and architecture in Lucca. Along the way, they sketch key points that might be important clues, followed by an architectural watercolor project in the beloved Piazza Anfiteatro. All materials included. Entrance tickets to the cathedral extra (2 euro/child).
Treasures of the Pilgrimage Road (3 hrs., 240 euro)
A mini-version of our week-long Lucca day camp. Lucca was a wealthy town filled with art treasures and families who contributed to the city’s sophistication and beauty. Children pretend to be travellers along the Via Francigena, the pilgrimage road connecting Canterbury to Rome. It is here where they will discover signs of the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance as they explore the artistic and natural wonders of the city and hear about the breakthroughs that inspired innovation in art, commerce, & civic life. Families will keep a "pilgrim’s journal" with illustrations, and mimic some of the signs they will see of pilgrims leaving their stamp on the city. All materials included. Entrance tickets to the cathedral not included (2 euro/child).
Biking & Building around a Fortified City
(3 hrs., 240 euro)
For a great overview of all of Lucca, families will rent bikes with our guide and journey around the great defensive walls of Lucca, stopping to see exactly how it was built over time, and what each component served. You’ll hear the stories of Lucca’s brutal past, marked by battles, along what today is a peaceful ‘highline’ passageway above the town. We’ll visit inside some of the bastions and around its famed piazze.
Classic bicycles, Tandem bikes or Carts available for rental.
OUTSIDE LUCCA Some of our favorite places & family activities around Lucca & Pisa
Art of the Leaning Tower of Pisa / 2 hrs • 265 euro
Join our art docent as she guides you and your children through creating your very own modern interpretation of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. A great way to see the Leaning Tower and make more of your trip to Pisa!
In the Footsteps of Michelangelo in the Artist Colony of Pietrasanta (
3 hrs • 240 euro) This activity starts in the nearby hilltown of Pietrasanta, the city of sculptors, where children will relive Michelangelo’s experience of sculpting his masterpieces. In the Museo dei Bozzetti, children will view maquettes (small scale or life-sized models) of some of the greatest 20th & 21st century works ever made. Children will get a chance to create their own sculpture using modelling materials (included).
THE SEASIDE TOWN OF VIAREGGIO & ITS WORLD-FAMOUS CARNIVAL CITY • 290 euro family of 4
We’ll take your family to Carnival Village housing some of the most creative artworks around – to see papier-mâché employed to create huge superhero figures, jokesters and outrageous carnival floats as they’re readied for Mardi-Gras.
Our specialized guides will bring families down the Liberty-era streets of the Passeggiata, and kids will get to work on some of their very own carnival masks & designs! Open all year round.
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ASK US ABOUT SOME OF OUR SPECIAL EXPERIENCES! WINE TOUR & COOKING CLASSES
• WWII SITES VISIT • VINCI – BIRTHPLACE & MUSEUM of
LEONARDO DA VINCI • PIZZA MAKING
& COUNTRY LIFE in the BIRTHPLACE OF
Our Lucca Summer Camp takes place inside the stunning park grounds of the San Francisco Complex – right near the walls and national museum. Our partner site, La Pecora Nera offers a perfect environment for kids to enjoy.
For info on all of our Summer Camp Programs click here