A day discovering two gems in Tuscany, among the unique city walls of the pearl of Tuscany Lucca and the Leaning Tower in Pisa, of course without missing to taste its great wines and local products.
We will pick you up at the passenger cruise terminal at your time of landing (suggested starting time at 08.00am)!
Our English-speaking Driverguide will be ready at the entrance of the passenger cruise terminal, waiting for you and holding a sign with your name on it.
First, we will drive to Lucca, known as the “pearl of Tuscany” and the only city in Italy surrounded by the ancient impressive Renaissance walls completely intact and still well preserved. We will discover its defensive system, visiting the famous city walls and we will drive inside the town through its narrow streets and small piazzas, stopping, of course to see the main spots in the historical center, like the Amphitheater, the Cathedral,.. We can’t miss a short pit-stop to taste the very best Italian Focaccia, and why not a little shopping.
Then, we will drive through the Lucca countryside, reaching a splendid medieval village, called Montecarlo di Lucca; due to its location, Montecarlo played a strategically important role throughout the 14th century being in the midst of several wars between Lucca, Pisa and Florence.
In Montecarlo, we will have lunch with wine and olive oil tasting in a small family winery-farm, out from the usual itineraries, where the nice lady-owner will be happy to guide you for a walk in the vineyards and in the cellars to discover the history and tradition of the local wines and olive oil, through an in-depth explanation of the region, as well as the various phases of production, but above all she will give you the opportunity to taste the D.O.C. white and red wine of Montecarlo (produced only in this region) combined with the traditional and local cuisine. Lunch consists in a series of courses made of selected products only from this territory, cooked with simple and traditional recipes: different types of home-made bread with extra virgin olive oil produced in the farm, Bruschetta, Tuscan salami and ham, cheeses with honey, local beans, dessert, and other foods depending on the season. Everything accompanied by 8 different types of wine.
After this experience, we will drive to Pisa, that according to the legend, was founded by some mythical Trojan refugees from the homonymous Greek city of Pisa.
Once there, we will enjoy the famous Piazza del Duomo, called Piazza dei Miracoli, with the Cathedral, built in white and colored marble between 1063 and 1118, this monument preserves the bronze door of San Ranieri and the pulpit by Giovanni Pisano.
In the square stands the characteristic Leaning Tower, the bell tower built in the 12th cent., 56 meters high, which acquired its characteristic inclination 10 years after the beginning of its construction. Today, it is one of the most famous Italian attractions in the world.
Back to the ship at 05.00pm.
Duration 9 hours
WE CRUISE YOU… BY CAR!!!
Included in the Tour Price:
– Deluxe vehicle with air-conditioning
– English-speaking Driverguide
– Pick up and drop off at dock
– Minimal walking and easy access to sites
– Parking fees
– Motorway toll
– Car city tax and pass
Not included in the Tour Price:
– Lunch with wine and olive oil tasting in a small family winery-farm in Montecarlo
– Entrance tickets to be decided on spot with the Driverguide
N.B. If you would like to climb up to the top of the Leaning Tower in Pisa:
Tower visits are organized on specific shifts and times. Let us help you organize your day by purchasing the ticket ahead of time to get the best shift for your tour. Please in your booking confirm us the number of tickets, you will pay the tickets cost cash to your Driverguide (€ 18,00 p.p.).
In case of non-availability, we will inform you before.
(For safety reasons, children who will not have turned 8 by the end of this year are not permitted to climb up to the top of the Leaning Tower)
We do not apply any agency fee on the entrance tickets.
Available from La Spezia port