3–DAY TOUR IN TUSCANY & LIGURIA: LUCCA, CARRARA, PISA AND THE CINQUE TERRE
Mini-tour package from Florence includes:
• Three days of touring
• Private transportation for transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary
• Services of driver guide
• Train tickets for Cinque Terre
• Taxes, parking, tolls
• Entrance tickets to sites you decide to enter
Accommodations: Hotel options are suggested. Reservations are made for you according to your hotel choice and location.
Let Well Arranged Travle take you on a private three-day tour featuring 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. You’ll also visit the historic city of Pisa and the stunning seaside villages of the Cinque Terre, located on the rugged Ligurian Coast.
Day 1 – Private Tour and Transfer to Lucca, Overnight in Lucca
You will be picked up from your hotel in Florence and head west one hour to 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.
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.
You will be taken to your hotel to check in and drop off your bags. You will have an orientation walk with your driving guide followed by 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 Ampitheatre, an elliptical Roman coliseum on which houses have now been built.
Day 2 – Private Tour: Carrara and Cinque Terre, Overnight in Lucca
Today your private tour guide will take you on a guided tour will begin in Carrara. Located at the foothill of the Apuane Alps, the ancient quarry town of Carrara still produces 700,000 tons of stone annually, making it the world’s largest producer of marble. Your tour guide in Carrara will lead you on a fascinating guided tour of the area, passing through the mountains, tunnels and quarries where you can observe both man and machine at work.
Next, you will enjoy a tour of Cinque Terre, one of the most beautiful coastlines of Italy. The charming villages of the Cinque Terre (Italian for Five Lands) stretching along Liguria’s rocky coast are unforgettable: olive groves, vineyards, winding stone paths and enchanting small beaches wedged between cliffs, fishing villages and colorful rooftops.
An excellent tour guide will lead your Cinque Terre private tour starting in the largest of the five villages, Monterosso. This lush green village is sheltered by hills covered with vineyards and olive groves. Its beautiful beaches, rugged cliffs and crystal-clear waters make this one of the most charming resorts on the Ligurian Riviera. Your guided tour of Cinque Terre will continue with a very short train ride to the village of Manarola. Your private tour of Manorala may include a walk along a footpath called La Via dell’Amore (the Lovers’ Pathway), which ends up in Riomaggiore, the last of the five villages. You will return to Lucca for the night.
Day 3 – Private Tour of Pisa, Return to Florence
Today you will be treated to a privately guided tour of the historic Pisa, a Roman colony from the 2nd century B.C. and a naval and commercial port. In the Middle Ages it became a maritime republic, rivaling Genova, Amalfi and Venice. Most of the city’s finest buildings date from the 12th and 13th century, by which time Pisa controlled Corsica, Sardinia, and most of the mainland coast. Since the 15th century the city was governed by Florence, whose Medici rulers re-established the University of Pisa, where Galileo, Pisa’s most famous native, once taught.
Your guided tour of Pisa will take you to the so-called “Campo dei Miracoli”, a large grassy piazza containing Pisa’s cathedral, the baptistery, the cemetery and finally the very famous leaning tower of Pisa.
After this leisurely half day tour, you will have some free time for shopping and strolling around the last town before the journey back to Florence.