Duration: 8 hr. approx
Your driver will pick you up directly at your accommodation for a visit to the city of Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and more.
What about the Tower of Pisa? Well, we haven’t forgotten it but the famous and so called Leaning Tower of Pisa is actually considered a part of the cathedral since it is really its bell tower.
The square is surrounded by a beautiful green lawn where tourists and university students can lie down and relax in this amazing setting.
The name Piazza dei Miracoli, or “Square of Miracles” as mentioned above, has given to the square after the First World War when Gabriele D’Annunzio in his work “Forse che sì, forse che no, 1910” cited it with these words: “The Ardea rotated over the sky of Christ, over the meadow of Miracles”.
Its building began in the XI century and, after various changes, was completed only in the XIX century, when the architect Alessandro Gherardesca gave the square its final present appearance
The cathedral and baptistery, the tower of Pisa, and the Campo Santo or cemetery, together form one of the most beautiful and famous building groups in the world. The “Piazza dei Miracoli” makes a perfect showplace for these exquisite examples of Romanesque architecture. Today, the Leaning Tower of Pisa has become a symbol for the entire Italian Republic and after intense restoration has finally reopened to visitors. If you would like to experience the climb to the top and the “lean” in the tower as you go up, reservations must be made in advance and can be made on-line at http://www.opapisa.it/boxoffice/index.jsp After Pisa we'll proce to LUCCA
There is no need to saythat Lucca, the city of 100 churches, can’t be really visited in just one day, but it may be enough to taste its essence and glimpse its artistic beauties to make you return to spend some time in exploring its more hidden, mysterious treasures
your driver will take you to Lucca, one of the most famous and glorious walled cities of Italy. Lucca was founded by the Etruscans but actually has origins even more remote. In 180 BC the town became a Roman colony and from this period has retained the rectangular grid of its Roman street plan and the Piazza San Michele occupies the site of the Roman forum. Where once its wide walls were used for defense purposes today Lucca’s citizens use it for walking and biking. Lucca is a rather small town but there are many interesting places to visit here – the Romanesque cathedral of San Martino, the church of San Michele, and the Basilica of San Frediano with its exquisite mosaics, and the birthplace of the composer Puccini whose house is now a small museum. You will visit all of this on your tour to Lucca and the more energetic of you can rent bikes to do a “Wall Bike Tour” along the city walls. If there is enough time, your driver can bring you to visit one of the magnificent villas in the outskirts of Lucca. Years ago Lucca’s most illustrious families and foreign residents had their summer homes in this area. The beautiful gardens of the Villa Mansi built by the architect F. Juvarra are worth a visit as is the Villa Torrigiani with its luxurious apartments and grounds.