LUCCA & CARRARA TOUR: 9 Hours
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Our Lucca & Carrara Tours Includes: Our La Spezia & Livorno shore excursions to Lucca & Carrara include private “driving guide,” private transportation to and from
Livorno, taxes, tolls and parking.
Not Included: Entrance tickets to sites you decide to enter.
This private tour of Lucca & Carrara from Livorno or La Spezia intertwines two intriguing destinations in one day: Lucca, one of the most graceful, charming and elegant cities of Tuscany; and Carrara, the ancient stone-producing town where Michelangelo came to choose his best marble.
Enjoy a private tour of Lucca and Carrara with an English speaking driver-guide. Located at the foothill of the Apuane Alps, the ancient quarry town of Carrara still produces 700,000 tons of stone annually, making this area the world’s largest producer of marble. Your tour guide in Carrara will lead you on a fascinating tour of the area, passing through the mountains where you can observe both man and machine at work. You will see the quarries, pass through the tunnels and stop for great photos.
Before lunch, you will tour Lucca, the birthplace of composer Giacomo Puccini.
Lucca, one of the most charming of Tuscany’s provincial capitals, is set inside a ring of well-preserved Renaissance walls. The wall is wide enough to hold small parks and a path along the top. Founded by the Etruscans, Lucca became a Roman colony in 180 B.C. During the 12th century, it enjoyed a period of prosperity based on the silk trade. Lucca remained an independent republic for over 500 years, until Napoleon came along and created the principality of Lucca.
A tour of Lucca is a joy. Everything is contained within Lucca’s wide city walls – 2.5 miles around – and we will stroll in search of Lucca’s highlights, from its charming squares to the beautiful churches of San Martino and San Frediano. We will also glimpse the city’s Roman past in Lucca’s market square and medieval quarter.
You will have free time to stroll around this charming city, walk the city walls, climb the Guinigi tower, and enjoy the shops at Via Fillungo. Sites not to be missed include the cathedral of San Frediano, where you can view the body of St. Zita in a glass coffin, and the Ampitheater, an elliptical Roman coliseum on which houses have now been built.