An interesting excursion to the great art cities (Lucca, Pisa,Viareggio) near the the coast and the famous Versilia Sea in one just day.
Plunge into a sea of beauty, and experience the heart-stirring discovery of splendid architectural, sculptural and painted masterpieces, the nostalgic charm of a famous seaside resort and a relaxing encounter with splendid natural beauty.
Lucca lies between Florence and the Tuscan coast. It is a refined city crammed with majestic churches, surrounded by 16th century walls with its imposing gateways and massive bastions.
One can walk along a stretch of the tree-crowned city walls, enjoying a wonderful view over the roofs, alleys, tower-houses, Romanesque churches and aristocratic palaces of the city, and then move into the compact historical town centre.
Discover Piazza S. Michele, the heart of the city, with the splendid Basilica in white limestone (12th – 14th century) and the stately Palazzo Pretorio.
Walk past the charming little shops lining the squares and narrow streets and enterPiazza del Mercato where you can admire its circular perimeter built on top of the remains of the Roman amphitheatre dating back to the second century BC.
Continue your walk until you reach the famous Gothic Cathedral of San Martino (11th century), where you will be enchanted by the delicate effigy of Ilaria del Carretto by Jacopo della Quercia.
Continue your walk and discover the solid bulk of the Guinigi tower, with a huge holm oak growing above its battlements.
Leaving Lucca, after a short journey, we reach the splendid, sandy Versilia coast, and the seaside town of Viareggio, famous for its beautiful beaches, for its wonderful Art Nouveau buildings and the long and relaxing walk along the Viale del Mare with cafès–chantants, restaurants, shops, and venues that are among the most elegant of the coast.
Enjoy some free time to admire the architecture of the bathing establishments along the famous Viale Margherita, the chalet and cafés, including the Gran Caffè Margherita, an Art Nouveau building, one of the symbols of the city.
You can savour the fragrant cuisine of Viareggio in one of the many restaurants on the seafront and, during the warmer seasons, take a dip into the warm Tyrrhenian Seawith the spectacular backdrop of the white marble Apuan Alps sparkling in the sun.
In the afternoon, we move inland and drive into the heart of the famous city of Pisa, with the glittering sight of Piazza dei Miracoli, a UNESCO heritage site, where the peerless marble masterpieces emerge miraculously from the green sward: the famous Leaning Tower, the magnificent Baptistery, the stunning Cathedral, and the Monumental Cemetery, supreme expressions of the Romanesque architecture of the 12th and 13th centuries, containing works of staggering artistic impact.