PISA AND LUCCA TOUR
In general, we suggest a half day tour (4 hours) or a full day tour (8 hours).
Please note that in case of half day tours, due to time restrictions, the excursion consists in the visit of a single city only at your choice.
Suggested itinerary (full day tour)
The order of visit of the two cities will depend on the geographical position of your accommodation.
Commercial port during the Roman Empire, Pisa became an independent maritime republic at the end of the 9th century, reaching the peak of its power at the beginning of the 13th century. This prosperous period coincides with the construction of the buildings that you are going to see in this excursion.
Driving as close as possible to the pedestrian area, you will be dropped off in the Piazza dei Miracoli, a few steps from la torre di Pisa, the world famous Leaning Tower. This bell tower began leaning in 1178 due to the alluvial soil on which it is built; actually, all the buildings in the square are slightly leaning due to their short foundations.
The architectural complex formed by the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Camposanto is a rigorous example of the innovative, unique Pisan-Romanesque art style. The visit of these places will complete your Pisan journey.
30 minutes from Pisa, Lucca worths a visit due to the rich heritage of squares, palaces and churches that the city succeeded in preserving inside its historical walls.
Originally a Roman military post, the town became an independent municipality at the beginning of the 12th century and reached the peak of its prosperity in the 14th century, thus providing the impetus for the construction of Lucca’s finest buildings.
Your excursion will start from the drop off point, via Fillungo. Following this main road, you will soon encounter the architectural key elements of the city: the interesting Piazza del Mercato, whose oval shape reminds us of the existence of a Roman amphitheater, is one of these. At the end of via Fillungo stands the Duomo di San Martino, the cathedral dedicated to St Martin and built according to the Pisan Romanesque style, with its bell tower on one side, whose construction modified the symmetry of the cathedral facade.
Proceeding in the direction of Piazzale Verdi, you will cross Napoleon Square first and end up in front of the Church of San Michele in Foro, the church built on the site of the ancient Roman forum. Before reaching the pick up point, don’t miss the chance to visit the home of the famous Italian musician Giacomo Puccini, terrific and prolific composer of operas like Madama Butterfly and the Turandot.
An alternative start could be walking first around the well- preserved walls of Lucca, which hide a pedestrian path along the ramparts; this exciting walk around the girdle of walls will unveil the existence of 11 original bastions and 4 gateways.
Please note that meals, entrance tickets to museums or churches, and tip to the driver are not included in the price we quote.