Full day excursion to the north west part
of Tuscany. Left Florence we drive the connection
Firenze-Pisa, our first stop.
The city standing on the Arno river a few mails far his
Pisa became a Roman colony in the 2C BC when, situated on a
lagoon was a port. Today is famous in the world for the
evocative beauty of the masterpieces in Duomo square.
The named XIC Miracle square or Duomo square is one of the
most important in Italy, here took shape the Pisano
Romanesque style and the school of Nicola Pisano, XIIIC,
very important artist, he had a profound influence on the
development of sculpture in Italy.
The splendid Romanesque buildings of the Cathedral,
Baptistery and Campanile (Leaning Tower) are raising from a
We leave the square and out side the walled historical
centre we get the country road linking Pisa and Lucca.
Crossed the Pisano mountains the valley of the Serchio river
is in front of us. Surround by the Apuane alps and by the
Garfagnana mountains, appears Lucca inside its XVIC ramparts.
Lucca is one of the most beautiful small town in Tuscany
still conserving much of the original Roman street plan.
The best way to visit Lucca is by walk. We start from the
centre of the city, the site of the ancient Roman forum: San
Michele in Foro square.
With the same name the XIIC church, typical Pisan Romanesque
Crossed Napoleon square, on our left side the Duomo di San
Martino. We walk in circle inside the historical centre to
rich the Roman theatre, today a suggestive square: piazza
After a light lunch in the sun in the square we walk still
in circle, back to the city centre: San Michele in Fore
THE VERSILIA COAST AND THE CARRARA
WHITE MARBLE QUARRIES
Full day excursion on the northern Tuscany, in the morning
we cross the VERSILIA COAST, one of the finest in Tuscany,
is situated in the northeast corner of Tuscany between the
APUANE ALPS and the MEDITERRANEO SEA. There are numerous
charming resorts. The most important is Viareggio, the
most famous is Forte Dei Marmi.
Inland the medieval head town of the Versilia: Pietrasanta,
a small walled medieval town at the foot of the Apuane Alps,
where there are the ancient white marble quarries, still
In the historical centre we can visit the art studios of
sculptors from all over the world. WE could stop to take
Early afternoon we drive straight to the top of the Apuane
Alps. We are gonna to visit the marble quarry of
FANTISCRITTI, we can do one tour inside .
Not too far, settings on top of the marble quarries there is
the ancient village of COLONNATA where in the Roman times
lived the slaves used to take out the marble cubes from the
mountains, today the small village is known for the tasty
LARDO DI COLONNATA.
THE CINQUE TERRE
Full day tour to explore the eastern Riviera di Levante
(Liguria region), the fascinating and romantic 5 TERRE, 5
miles of rocky coast in the eastern Liguria region, 5
villages castled up on sprugs of stone, or into very small
inlets. Crossed La Spezia we arrive in Portovenere.
The village sit on a small peninsula
that encloses the gulf.
It’s characteristic are the rose and yellow tower houses, to
look like a defensive wall. To do a boat excursion is my own
main suggestion. A boat trip makes it possible to admire the
whole 5 TERRE coast line along with other nearby places and
allows to move from one village to the next: from
Portovenere the first stop is RIOMAGGIORE, a very ancient
village in an attractive and dominant position over the sea.
From Riomaggiore start the famous “LOWER’S PATHWAY” a
panoramic footpath linking Romaggiore and Manarola.
This zone is characterized by the presence of precipitous
slopes which have been cultivated into terraced olive groves,
to produce the “Lemoncello” and vineyards of “Trebbiana,
Piccabon, Biancorotto, Albarola” grapes, to produce a very
good dry wine simply named “5 Terre”, and the “Sciacchetra”
a prized dessert wine.
From Manarola, where I suggest to take lunch, we get the
boat to reach the next village, Corniglia, and Vernazza.
This village has been founded around the 1st C, in time
acquired maritime traditions. Same example of an excellent
architecture as loggias, arcades and portals denote a
superior standard that of the other villages. The last
village is Monterosso, from here we get back to Portovenere,
still by boat.
Monterosso is at the foot of hills covered by vineyards and
olive groves, beautiful beaches, crystal-clear water make
this one of the most charming resorts on the eastern