Lucca, Villa Lucchese and Wine Tasting

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Devote just a few hours to experience Tuscan to its very essence. the city of Lucca, a typical farmhouse visit and your wandering in Villa Torrigiani gather the taste of real Tuscan.

                 Departure from the pier by A/C Deluxe coach, and driving along the Tuscany countryside  after about  45 minutes  guests will arrive at  Lucca . Lucca was colonised by Romans in the 2c BC and it has retained the plan of a Roman military camp, with the two principal streets perpendicular to one another. During the Middle ages a complicated system of narrow alleys and oddly-shaped squares was added to the original network.

                          Meet the local guide and start the visit to  the beautiful Cathedral of San Martino, which houses the Volto Santo ( Holy visage ) which is a miraculous Crucifix . Then  Piazza Anfiteatro ( the Roman Amphitheatre ) which today is a circle of touristy shops and the street’s  level  is nine feet above the original arena floor .the only bits of surviving Roman stonework are a few arches on the northwest exterior. And you are in via Filungo , the main pedestrian street. Along the way you will get a taste of Lucca’s rich past, including several elegant , century –old storefronts.      

                           From here you walk towards Torre Guinigi crowned with trees which rises above the great façade with gothic windows ; some of the bays are blind. Then you see   the outside of the Church of San Michele and San Frediano.  After some free time people will meet in Piazzale Verdi, to leave Lucca by coach   to go to a typical Tuscany farmhouse where they will visit the wine cellars or the gardens with olive trees  and then will enjoy a typical lunch.

                  Then, they will return to the coach  and after a short ride, about 15-min. drive, they will reach Villa Torrigiani, one of the most important and beautiful villas in the "lucchese" territory, with beautiful fountains and trees.    Here they will visit the Villa with a local guide , and then will have time to stroll around the garden on their own. 

                     The villa and the park , built at the beginning of 1500, became summer residence of the powerful Buonvisi family. In 1636 the villa was bought by the Marquis N. Santini, who started the transformation of the park with the big ornamental pools reflecting the new baroque façade and the creation of a new garden with its water games which became the decorative theme of the internal affresco’s of Pietro Scorzini.   Meet with the escort and departure back to Leghorn.

Inclusions

-         transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, late-model

(bus, minibus or taxi, according to your group’s size)

-         professional driver

-         insurance cover during transfers by vehicle

-         licensed English-speaking guide * (concerns “with guide” rate only)

-         lunch at the farmhouse

-         all taxes

-         identification sign with your name on it

-         mobile contact number for any emergency, available 24/7

* guides in other languages available, upon request

Exclusions

-         entrance fees (paid by you on the spot)

Step 1

Your tour starts from Livorno port

Step 2

Visit of Cathedral of San Martino, piazza Anfiteatro and Torre Guinigi

Step 3

Typical Tuscany farmhouse visit

Step 4

Visit of the special Villa Torrigiani and its beautiful fountain decorated gardens

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