Visit the Manufactures of the Tuscan cigar, founded in Florence on 1818 by Grand Duke Ferdinando III Lorena and moved to Lucca in the postwar period. Discover with us the ancient machinery, smelling the intense aromas ranging from leather to the wood for smoking, and appreciating the work of the heart of the factory: the cigar makers. The tour will then continue to the discovery of the old town of Lucca, followed by a lunch at the famous restaurant La Buca di Sant'Antonio.
When: Monday to Friday at 10am.
Meeting Point will be communicated in the confirmation voucher
Duration: 3 hours + lunch
Group Size: minimum 10, maximum 30 participants
Language: English and Italian; French, German and Russian upon request (170 euros surcharge per group)
Tour price includes:
- Guided visit of the Manufactures of the Tuscan cigar
- Free visit of Lucca
- Lunch in the restaurant La Buca di Sant'Antonio, beverages included
- For cancellations of bookings communicated in writing at least two (2) business days prior to the booked excursion date, the whole import will be reimbursed.
- From two (2) business days prior to the booked date, payment of the entire amount will be due and no reimbursement will be granted.
- No reimbursement will be granted to any client who is not at the meeting point at the time established. Similarly, no reimbursement will be granted to clients who lose contact with the guide or who do not complete the excursion.
- Any complaints must be submitted in writing no later than 10 days from the end of the tour.
The operator reserves the right to cancel, anticipate or delay the start of a tour or service due to operational or force majeure reasons impeding the usual running of the tour, notifying customers within an appropriate advance to enable the correct use of services. In case of cancellation of the tour or excursion, the operator will propose alternative solutions so the customer can decide. However, in case of cancellation of the service, the customer is entitled to a refund of the amount paid only.
The operator will not be liable for any damage caused by third parties, force majeure or natural disasters. It accepts no responsibility for damage caused by abnormal or irresponsible behavior of participants in excursions and tours.
Tour is covered by insurance for civil liability towards third parties, with ceilings and guarantees as per current regulations.
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The Tuscan Cigar Factory & Lucca
Manufacturing the Tuscan Cigar
Florence, 1818: Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, founded a tobacco factory that produces cigars with fermented tobacco. One day, a rainshower accidentally soaked the tobacco, which was put to dry. In order not to waste it, it was used to produce low cost cigars. These low cost cigars soon encountered the favor of smokers beyond the borders of the Grand Duchy. This “accidental” cigar became so popular that, by the middle of the 19th century, Naples began producing a similar cigar, the "Strong Fermented", or "Neapolitan," as it was called thereafter.
Your tour starts with the ancient machinery and the intense aromas ranging from leather to wood for smoking. The processing of the tobacco leaves is long and unique as they are taken from large boxes and placed into the fermenting bath. Learn about the steps and different machines that lie between the tobacco leaf and the famous cigar. Your visit includes getting to know the manufacturing work at the heart of the factory - where the women called “sigaraie” hand-roll the cigars.
Visit the quaint old town of Lucca
Your visit to Lucca begins with a walk on the walls of Lucca, built during the 16th century and transformed into urban park spaces during the 19th century. The walls enclose the old city and are its true symbol. Visible from the walls is the famous Guinigi tower. Built by the Guinigi, a leading family of rich merchants, it stands out above the roofs with its green hat of trees. You’ll also see the medieval Tower of the Hours, which was built by order of the city council. In addition, you’ll see the Cathedral and the "One Hundred Churches,” take a beautiful walk through Via Fillungo, and much more!
Lunch at the Restaurant "Buca di S. Antonio" *** in the historical center of Lucca
3-course menu, including drinks (1/4 liter wine from the hills of Lucca, 1/2 liter mineral water, and coffee)