Pisa and Lucca
Full day excursion to the north west part of Tuscany. Left Florence we drive the connection Firenze-Pisa, our first stop.
The town and its’ Miracle square is well known for the Leaning Tower but the whole of the Piazza with the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Monumental Cemetry with its Sinopias is a jewel of the Middle Age. Here took shape the Pisano Romanesque style and the school of Nicola Pisano, 13th century, very important artist, he had a profound influence on the development of sculpture in Italy.
We leave the square and outside the walled historical centre we get the country road linking Pisa and Lucca.
Crossed the Pisano mountains the valley of the Serchio river is in front of us. Surround by the Apuane alps and by the Garfagnana mountains, appears Lucca inside the 16th century massive red brick walls. Lucca is one of the most beautiful small town in Tuscany still conserving much of the original Roman street plan. The best way to visit Lucca is by walk or by bike (very cheap and easy to rent), you cannot miss the Churc of San Michele in Foro, than cross Napoleon square, and reach on left side the Duomo di San Martino. Finally walk in circle inside the historical centre to reach the Roman theatre, today a suggestive square: piazza dell’Anfiteatro. We will be back to the hotel in the late afternoon.