Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy
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Approximately 4½ Hours
Meals not included
Experience the delights of a charming medieval town during this leisurely excursion. A drive through the lovely Tuscan countryside brings you to the city of Lucca, birthplace of the composer Puccini. Lucca is enclosed by massive red-brick walls, which give the city a special character and effectively remove it from the bustle of the modern world. The walls are among the best-preserved defense structures of Renaissance Europe.
Inside the walls, you will discover that Lucca is a peaceful city of narrow roads and medieval houses, and its layout has been kept according to the original Roman plans. Today's walking tour allows you to admire the Cathedral of San Martino with its richly adorned Romanesque façade. Stroll along the Via Fillungo, little Lucca's version of the Via Veneto in Rome, where lovely shops line the street.
Visit Piazza Mercato -- once the site of a bustling market but now a broad plaza that occupies the former site of the ancient Roman theatre. It is surrounded by fascinating medieval houses built against the wall of the old amphitheatre and its shape is quite unmistakable.
You will have some free time for browsing or shopping on your own before re-joining the coach for the return drive to pier.
Shops are closed Sundays and holidays, on Monday mornings, and also between 12:30 and 4pm daily.
Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.