This is a full immersion in the Lucca history and traditions, a tour in the town and in the coutryside.
We don't always expect the charm of "minor" cities such as Lucca. Its medieval and baroque architecture, like its atmosphere, is perfectly preserved, enclosed within the massive Walls that the people of Lucca are so proud of. We will visit together the native town of Giacomo Puccini with the roman amphiteather, Guinigi tower, piazza San Michele, the San Frediano basilica, the cathedral, the Pfannier garden and we'll walk on the Walls.
In the afternoon, we will drive across the countryside of Lucca where the rich families built splendid, comfortable Renaissance villas with magnificent Italian-style gardens, most of them still in existence. In the 17th century, the rich and powerful Lucca were at the height of their glory, foreign wars were becoming rare and wealthy families moved out to the countryside in the summertime, in a fertile area at the foot of the lower slopes of the Apennines.
We will visit two/three different villas (Torrigiani, Grabau, Bernardini) according to the time.
Our walking tour in Lucca will include the highlights of that adorable town: the Renaissance walls, the Amphitheater square, Saint Michael square, the more beautiful and narrow medieval streets until Guinigi tower, cathedral square and of course San Frediano church.
In the afternoon, we will give the priority to Torrigiani villa, then Villa Grabau and, time permitting, Villa Bermardini.
If you have your own transportation, price is cheaper, contact me.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Livorno, Marina di Carrara or La Spezia harbours, your hotel in Tuscany.
End location: Livorno, Marina di Carrara or La Spezia harbours, your hotel in Tuscany.
Duration: 9 hours
Minivan Mercedes Viano - 2011
Private chauffeured minivan, assistance and guided tour in Lucca in the morning and the villas in the afternoon with Karine, water in the car.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 EUR - About 30 Euro per person for the 3 villas entrance fees. Meals are not included. Credit cards are accepted in all the restaurants in Lucca. I can also include the villas entrances at the moment of the booking in order you don't have to pay anything on site, save the meals.
Meals and drinks - eventually a wine tasting with snacks in Lucca or in the countryside, on request.
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It was incredible tour. Karine is amazing tour guide, very knowledgeable and at the same time very personal. She will do it in your pace. You can tailor your tour as you want. She also can recommend you what places you can visit yourself. My only regret is that we had booked only one tour with Karine.