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Pisa and Lucca Day Trip from Florence

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You will immerse yourself in the history and tradi¬tions of the two cities that are close in proximity, yet very different in personality. A charming Tuscan landscape will be the frame to your day, spent relaxing in company of our knowledgeable guides. You will find Pisa along the road that leads to the coast from Florence. You can discover the most important squares and monuments in Pisa: the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with the Leaning Tower, and the Cathedral. Afterwards continues for walking tour of Lucca. It is a distinctive city of art and Renaissance style surrounded by walls interrupted by beautiful gates and ramparts. First we will walk along a section of the town walls and enjoy beauti¬ful views over the roofs, alley’s, house-towers, churches and more. Then you will be led to the old town centre to see Piazza Anfiteatro, Guinigi tower, St. Martin’s Cathedral and the typical street of antique shops. End the day with a pleasant ride back to your local stay.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Piazza dei Miracoli, Piazza del Duomo, 56126, Pisa Italy

The square of the Cathedral of Pisa represents the best example of the Pisa Romanesque style through its magnificence and perfection, a harmonious fusion of classical, early Christian, Lombard and eastern motifs.
The buildings maintain a stylish unity.
The Cathedral, the Tower, the Baptistery and the Camposanto represent together the allegory of human life.
The Sinopie Museum hosts the big preparatory drawings recovered beneath the frescoes decorating the Camposanto and the Opera del Duomo Museum shows the development of Pisa art and the great Middle Ages sculpture with a new and evocative museum path.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Baptistery of St. John, Piazza del Duomo, 56126, Pisa Italy

The Baptistery of San Giovanni was founded on 15 August 1152. It is here that the Sacrament of Baptism is administered and the Christian embarks upon the path of Faith. The reason that such a fascinating and enigmatic building was constructed was certainly the wish to endow the cathedral with a worthy adjunct: a Baptistery that, in terms of position, size, materials and style, would be in harmony with the majestic building that already stood opposite.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Piazza del Duomo Piazza dei Miracoli, 56126, Pisa Italy

It is called the Leaning Tower or the Tower of Pisa but actually it was never used for defending the city; it is part of the religious complex in the Duomo Square and acts as its bell tower. It played an active role in both human and divine timekeeping with its seven bells – one for each musical note – the largest of which, cast in 1655, weighs a full three and a half tonnes! It is known throughout the world for the beauty of its architecture, for its extraordinary tilt, which makes it an authentic miracle of statics, and for the fact that it stands in the universally renowned Piazza dei Miracoli, of which it is certainly the prize jewel. And this is why it is one of the 7 Wonders of the World.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cattedrale di Pisa, Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy

Founded in 1064 and consecrated with great pomp on September 26th 1118, the Cathedral was built in two stages, one by architect Buscheto, who created the original layout with the basilican body with four aisles and one nave, a transept with one nave and two aisles, and the dome on the cross vault, and one by Rainaldo, who extended the building and the façade. The building was not finally completed until the last quarter of the XII century, when Bonannoís bronze leaves were placed on the central door, which were later destroyed by the devastating fire of 1595, after which many of the destroyed works were replaced and a vast decorative plan was started.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Museo Opera Del Duomo Pisa, Piazza del Duomo 23, 56126, Pisa Italy

The Museo dell’Opera del Duomo opened in Pisa in 1986 under the guidance of Guglielmo De Angelis d’Ossat. It was not entirely new, because in 1935 the small loggia and two other rooms in the Palazzo dell’Opera had housed a small collection of sculptures and stone fragments, curated by the young art historian Enzo Carli. But the new museum was an authentic revolution for the wealth of materials collected, for the decision to give the collection an entire building in the Piazza del Duomo, which had just been left free by the religious community that lived there, for the rationality of the display installation, for the important scientific discoveries, and for the meticulous preparations carried out by a valiant team of scholars. At this point, one might wonder why any more work should be needed on such an important museum. The answer is quite simply that museums are like trees, for which the passing of time involves the shedding of leaves and the growth of the entire plant. Metaphors aside, what we have here is a museum from thirty-three years ago enriched with important new items, stripped of some excesses, and with a redesigned display installation that shows off the original value of the works to their best advantage.

Visitors who recall the previous display will no longer find some objects, or groups of objects, which are now in different exhibition spaces or in rationally organised storage areas open to scholars. The most conspicuous places are the scale models of buildings in the Piazza, the archaeological collection, and the modern paintings. With the partial exception of the paintings, these materials were not directly linked to the Cathedral or the other buildings, nor to the primary religious function of these edifices. Their exclusion thus makes for a clearer understanding of the exhibits, as well as of the individual works already in the museum or newly added to it.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Lucca, Lucca, Province of Lucca, Tuscany

Lucca is one of the cities most loved all of Tuscany, a stop that can not really miss in a classic itinerary to the discovery of the region.
The city can be visited in a day, but if you want to appreciate the best stop for a few days or choose it as a base to explore central or north Tuscany.

The city is located on a plain at the foot of the Apuan Alps and is less than half an hour from the coast of Versilia. Since it isn't a hilltop village, it is ideal for anyone with mobility issues as well as for anyone wishing to take a break from climbing ;).
Lucca is very easy to reach both by car as well as train from both Pisa and Florence, making it perfect for anyone getting around solely on public transportation.

Most of the attractions in Lucca today show its ancient history: from the trace of the Roman amphiteater that can be seen in the shape of the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro to the archeological remains under the 12th century church of Saints Giovanni and Reparata (the first city cathedral, located just around the corner from the present-day cathedral of San Martino), to the various towers and villas from the 12th to 16th centuries.

Extraordinarily, as the city grew and modernized, the walls that surrounded the old town were maintained which was not the case for many other cities in Tuscany, including Florence. As the walls lost their military importance, the top of the walls became a pedestrian promenade, today one of Lucca's main attractions. The area around the walls is well taken care of, with green grass and trees everywhere along the walls. They have in essence become a park that surrounds the city and blocks out more modern life. Here you can enjoy a bike ride around the entire perimeter, a stroll as you enjoy a gelato or simply a period of rest from sightseeing on one of the many shaded benches that line the main walkway.

Other top attractions include the Piazza of San Michele with its beautiful Church of San Michele in Foro, the Basilica of San Frediano as well as the Clock Tower and Guinigi Tower, to name just a few

Duration: 2 hours