Lucca & the Italian Riviera
Lucca & the Italian Riviera
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DAYS 1 and 2
DEPART U.S. / LUCCA, ITALYDepart on an overnight flight from your home to Pisa, Italy. Arrive at the Pisa airport (PSA) and meet the Tour Director and fellow travelers for the ½ hour transfer to Lucca. Rest and refresh this afternoon after a long flight. Or meet for a leisurely walk around Lucca’s walls to acquaint yourself with this small city.
Today’s Activity Level: optional 2.5- mile walk around walls, flat, easy pace, 1+ hour
LUCCAToday, discover Lucca both on foot and by bicycle. On a walking tour with a local guide, pass through Lucca's charming neighborhoods, lively pedestrian shopping avenue Via Filungo, and take in the intimate parish churches and the grand Duomo di San Martino. Hop on bicycles for a ride atop the walls and – weather permitting – an optional ride outside the city. Lunch is on own. This evening, attend a 1-hour concert featuring arias by Lucca's own Giacomo Puccini. Enjoy dinner at a lovely restaurant in Lucca.
Today’s Activity Level: 1/2 hour ride around the walls, paved and flat; then, optional 2-3 hour bike ride, moderate, generally flat with both paved and gravel sections. Short uphill section at start.
LUCCA / LUCCHESI HILLSIf you wish, start the morning with a walk along the walls, or grab your camera to photograph Lucca as the day begins. Mid-morning, take a short ride in our own minibus into the hills outside the city to visit two of the area's historic Renaissance villas, still owned by the original noble families. Later,stop in at a family-owned winery for lunch and tasting of the lovingly crafted, small-batch wines that result from the rich sea and mountain-fed soil of this region. Return to the hotel in late afternoon. At your leisure, enjoy the traditional evening passeggiata (walk) along Lucca’s lively Via Filungo. Dinner is on own.
PALMARIA ISLAND / PORTOVENERERise early for departure from Tuscany and a drive into the province of Liguria. The Ligurian coastline, also known as the Italian Riviera, is dotted with colorful fishing villages cascading down to the rocky shoreline. Travel to some of the lesser-known spots today. Embark on a 3–hour hike, with an amiable local guide, around Palmaria Island, home to only 30 inhabitants. From the island, look out over views on the Bay of Poets, so called for the English romantic poets, Byron and Shelley, who once lived here. Enjoy lunch along the water’s edge before visiting the picturesque village of Portovenere and its cathedral hanging on a precipice at the edge of the Bay. Return to Lucca, where we have a light dinner together.
Today’s Activity Level: 3-hour hike, moderate, on Palmaria Island; initial steep uphill section then relatively flat, mild downhill near end
LUCCA / CARRARAEnjoy a morning at leisure. This afternoon, head to Carrara, and board rugged Land Rovers to travel upward into the stunningly white marble quarries. This other-worldly and rare experience takes us high into the mines, where we watch the miners at work as they man the heavy equipment that cuts and transports massive blocks of marble to the market each day. Later, have dinner at a popular trattoria in Lucca.
LERICI / TELLAROVenture back to Liguria and the Bay of Poets today for a hike from the colorful beach town of Lerici, into the terraced hillsides and quiet villages around the Bay. Return to Lucca in late afternoon and enjoy a casual dinner.
Today’s Activity Level: 3-4 hour hike, moderate; several uphill sections; paved and dirt path sections; steep, uneven downhill for final ½ hour.
LUCCASpend the last day in Lucca meandering on your own, or embark on a special ½ day excursion outside the city.
DAY 9Depart for the Pisa airport (PSA) for return home.
DETAILSPricing based on number of travelers and desired itinerary. Accommodations subject to availability.
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