SHORE EXCURSION: LUCCA & PISA TOUR WITH OPTIONAL WINE TASTING & LUNCH: 9 Hours
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SHORE EXCURSIONS TO PISA AND LUCCA FROM LIVORNO AND LA SPEZIA PORTS
A Fantastic Private Lucca and Pisa Tour with Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch – Book Well Ahead of Time
Lucca and Pisa Tours (optional wine tasting) Include: Private “driving guide,” private transportation to and from Livorno, taxes, tolls and parking.
Not Included: Entrance tickets to sites you decide to enter. Costs of additional services you choose to include.
Enjoy a private, guided shore excursion to Lucca and Pisa which includes an opportunity do wine tasting with lunch. You will have an escorted private tour of Lucca, one of Tuscany’s most graceful and elegant cities, and Pisa, home to the famous “leaning tower,” with an English-speaking tour guide.
First stop on your shore excursion from Livorno or La Spezia is Pisa in Tuscany. Your tour guide will take you on a guided tour of the historic town of Pisa, a Roman colony from the 2nd century B.C. A naval and commercial port, Pisa became a maritime republic in the Middle Ages, rivaling Genova, Amalfi and Venice. Its peak came in the 12th and 13th centuries, by which time Pisa controlled Corsica, Sardinia, and most of the mainland coast as far south as Civitavecchia. Most of the city’s finest buildings date from this period, when the distinctive Pisan-Romanesque architectural style flourished. 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 custom shore trip to Pisa will also take you to Campo dei Miracoli, a large, grassy piazza containing Pisa’s cathedral, the baptistery, the cemetery and Pisa’s most famous landmark, the leaning tower. You will wander around this beautiful square and enjoy the amazing architecture.
NOTE: Also in this escorted tour of Tuscany to Pisa and Lucca, it is possible to include a fabulous wine tasting and lunch. Just let us know ahead of time what you would like to do.
Afterwards, your escorted tour of Tuscany takes you to a tour of 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. 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 town, 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.
Other Tuscany private shore excursions from Livorno for tours to Florence, Pisa or San Gimignano and Volterra or Pisa are available. Please inquire.
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