FREE TIME IN LUCCA AND PISA
Sightseeing, Lunch not included
A fantastic excursion to discover two of the cities symbolising Tuscany: Lucca and Pisa, with their millennial history and amazing monuments have made them famous masterpieces of ancient art all over the world.
What we will see
- Lucca: Medieval fortified walls
- Basilica of San Frediano
- Roman amphitheatre
- Cathedral of St. Martin
- Shopping in the city centre
- Pisa: Piazza dei Miracoli with Cathedral, Baptistery and Leaning Tower
- Free time to purchase souvenirs
What we will do
- After leaving the port behind us, the coach takes us to Lucca, a lively Tuscan city surrounded by **fortified Medieval walls**.
- Once there, we can choose to visit the Medieval Bastions and the Basilica of San Frediano, one of the oldest churches in Lucca. According to tradition, it was San Frediano himself, Bishop of Lucca of Irish origin, who founded the church. Despite the many interventions carried out over the centuries, the Medieval appearance of the Basilica remains prominent. The late 13th-century mosaic on the façade and the 12th century baptismal font in the baptistery area are of particular interest.
- Alternatively, we can head directly to the *Roman amphitheatre**, built during the second half of the 1st century and whose remains are incorporated in the buildings that line the current square located in the northern part of the city. We can then move on to the **Cathedral of Saint Martin**, the main religious building in the city and the most ancient basilica in the whole of Tuscany. The Romanesque-style façade is particularly beautiful as white and pink marble is mixed in with green marble generating a spectacular game of colours. The façade is a wealth of columns, inlays, small loggias and relief decorations.
- Before leaving, we have free time to do **some shopping in the city centre** or to relax in a café.
- After visiting Lucca, we get back onto our coach and head for **Pisa**.
- Once there, we get off our coach at the terminal and walk to **Piazza dei Miracoli**, one of the most beautiful squares in the world and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- We have all the time in the world to wander around and admire the **Cathedral**, a Romanesque masterpiece and a perfect testimony to the prestige and wealth achieved by the maritime republic of Pisa at its peak. The Cathedral was consecrated in 1118 and stands out because of its grey and white marble façade decorated with coloured marble inlays and whose lancet arch reflects the Muslim influence. The interior is divided into five naves and is covered in black and white marble with grey marble monolith columns and Corinthian capitals.
- In addition to the Cathedral, we admire the **Baptistery** dedicated to St. John the Baptist built between 1153 and 1278 and displaying a pulpit sculpted by Nicola Pisano, as well as the famous bell tower, symbol of the city and better known all over the world as the **Leaning Tower of Pisa**. Inside it, Galileo Galilei carried out many experiments on gravity.
- Before heading back to our coach, we have some **free time to wander around the souvenir stalls** or to relax savouring some excellent ice-cream.
- At the end of the visit, we meet up with our guide in the car park at the prearranged time and head back to the port.
What you need to know
- This excursion does not feature a guide