Hi, I haven’t been on this tour, but I have been at several of the locations. For Pienza, the best gelato shop is definitely Buon Gusto! The owner is friendly and speaks English. He has some wonderful creative flavors, too. Within a block of his shop is a door that had an archway of ivy with pots of hydrangeas on each side. It’s made a beautiful photograph that I had enlarged to a canvas print for our home.
Also in Pienza, there’s the Etruscan history and also the planned city concept that I’m sure your guide will explain. But they may not mention that Pienza is one of the sites that was used for the filming of the Romeo & Juliet Shakespeare movie directed by Franco Zeffirelli. It was one of my favorites & a reason I wanted to see it, and I found a wonderful display in the Palazzo Piccolomini, including old b&w photos of Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey walking through the town to the set.
Pam mentioned the steps & stairs. If you stop at Montepulciano near Pienza, it’s quite a steep uphill or downhill - wonderful town! Just be ready for some good walking with non-slippery soles.
For Lucca, you should take a walk or a bike ride on top of the old medieval city wall. It’s a nice wide area; you won’t feel like you’re walking a narrow wall. If you rent a bike, there’s several options near the wall entrances. You need to leave your passport or ID sometimes to secure to the renter that you’re bringing back the bike. In that case, I bring my drivers license to leave it with them.
It’s a wonderful area! Have a great time!