Lucca & Pisa

Lucca, with its graceful Renaissance architecture, is a very satisfying substitute for Florence with far less driving. This is our best kid-friendly service from La Spezia.

 

A NOTE ABOUT DRIVING TIMES
From the port of La Spezia driving times are reasonable:
La Spezia-Pisa, 1 hr; Pisa-Lucca, 30 min; Lucca-La Spezia, 1 hr.


SUMMARY
If you’d love to visit Florence but don’t want to spend half the day driving consider Lucca, which offers a similar architectural esthetic but is only 60 min from La Spezia. An elegant city best known for its ancient fortified walls that have been transformed into a unique urban greenspace, Lucca is also a great kid-friendly destination. Going to Pisa doesn’t take up a lot of time and is way cool for both adults and kids.

DETAILS
Typically we stop in Pisa first, when crowds are fewer.

Pisa
On Pisa's “Campo dei Miracoli” you will find not only the world’s most famous bell tower but also the cathedral, baptistery and cemetery, which are all remarkable monuments.

Although our visit of Pisa is brief, there is time to climb the Leaning Tower; it only takes 15 minutes. You'll still have time to see how many creative shots you can get of your group "holding up" the Leaning Tower.

  • The Tower climb is OPTIONAL for an additional fee and must be pre-booked. Children under 8 not permitted to climb.
  • If you'd like to enter the baptistery (acoustics demonstration on the hour and half hour) or campo santo, tickets should be booked in advance.
  • The Pisa cathedral does not open til 10am. Frankly we don't recommend going inside but if it's imperative you should let us know in advance. Note that with some excursions it might not be possible to modify the schedule to accommodate this.


Lucca
Our itinerary in Lucca includes:

  • a panoramic drive around the ancient walls
  • the Romanesque church of San Frediano (monumental golden mosaic on the facade)
  • Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, site of the former Roman amphitheater
  • church of San Michele in Foro (intricately carved facade dating back to the 13th Century)
  • Piazza Napoleone
  • the cathedral of San Martino, featuring the sculpture of Ilaria del Carretto, deemed the most beautiful funerary monument in Italy and a work of art to compare with Michelangelo’s David, and the Volto Santo, a wooden crucifix dating back to the 8th century, the subject of much lore.
Lucca also features beautiful shops (major fashion brands as well as boutiques brimming with artisan creations), really good gelato and excellent cuisine.

If you have younger children, Lucca is a great kid-friendly place. The ancient wall is a perfect place to stroll and let kids run off some steam. You can also rent bikes for reasonable cost. There are lots of big shade trees so it is quite pleasant even in the heat of summer. You can climb Guinigi Tower and there is no minimum age requirement (as compared to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, where kids have to be at least 8 to climb).

DURATION: 8-9 hrs



1-2 persons € 520

3-4 persons € 560

5-6 persons € 620

7-8 persons € 660

These rates apply if you pay in CASH IN EURO. That's 10% off our full rates!

If paying by credit/debit CARD or through PAYPAL the full rates apply; please write to us for those.

DISCOUNTED RATES
For multi-booking, off-season, and family rates, please contact us.

LAST-MINUTE BOOKINGS
If you book with less than 72 hours of lead time a 50€ supplement applies.

OTHER COSTS & NOTES
The following rates for optional items that we book for you are valid if you pay in cash, and reflect 10% off the full rates that apply when paying by card or Paypal.
 

    PISA OTHER COSTS
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa (open daily), 22 Euro per person

  • Children under the age of 8 are not permitted to climb the Leaning Tower. The price of pre-booked tickets is subject to change (due to increases implemented by the issuing organization and not having to do with us).


    CHURCH DRESS CODE
    Proper attire is required to enter churches (bare shoulders must be covered and shorts/skirts must come down to your knees).


 
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