Lucca, in Tuscany, Italy, is the ultimate biking city. It is a small town with the main attractions concentrated within medieval walls. This entire zone is pedestrianized with only a few minibuses, delivery trucks, and scooters working their way through the web of streets. You’ll see lots of residents cycling and so should you.
Here are 3 kid-friendly, no spandex necessary options for biking in Lucca.
1. The Walls
There are castle walls built wide enough for sentries to walk the perimeter but these are so much more. The walls form a linear park 40′ high and 60′ wide and more. The paved path on top is a good 12′ across and also pedestrianized.
The loop is a flat 4.25 km with plenty of shade, benches, and small parks along the way. If it’s not enough, go reverse for a new perspective.
There are several bike rental places in town with numerous types of bikes including tandems and 4-seaters with a canopy (like a paddleboat). Chrono Bikes is at the south end of the town and we got excellent service from Cicli Bizzarri at the northern tip.
2. The Town
Cycling in Lucca appears to be the number one way to get around and you’ll see everyone on bikes, from little kids to white haired grandpas. Cruising around adds a breeze to keep you cool in the bright Tuscan sun.
Stay off the main shopping streets to avoid
3. Serchio River Bike Path
Lucca is located near the Serchio River, which continues all the way to Pisa and the ocean. There is a packed gravel path that runs next to it, supposedly all the whole 40 km to the water.
It’s not the most interesting path but very safe, cool, green, and with a beautiful symphony of birds accompanying the gorgeous countryside. The path is part of the Itinerario Ciclopedonale Puccini and connects to more challenging inland routes.
This easiest way to get to the path is leave from Saint Donata Gate and follow this route. All you do it go straight on Via Cavalleti and a right on Via del Tiro a Segno. There will be signs to Camper Il Serchio and Il Serchio. When you get to the river, there is a white bridge over but we learned the hard way that the path on that side is a dead end.