Tuscan trail from Pisa to Lucca
Tuscan trail from Pisa to Lucca. This journey will lead us through the suggestive sceneries of Monti Pisani, one of the oldest mountain range of Italy, situated in Tuscany and that separates the two cities Pisa and Lucca. Thanks to an ancient colonization and to a limited area, these mountains are plenty of paths, muletracks, cartroads, private roads in disuse and abandoned footpaths. This network of trails and the mild climate conditions that characterized this location make easier to discover and explore the natural beauties that these mountains contain all over the year. Follow us on Facebook!
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS HOLIDAY
- The leaning Tower of Pisa, the Battistero, the Monumental Graveyard, and the Cathedral
- The typical Mediterranean vegetation
- The medieval city of Lucca
- The Certosa of Calci, the major Natural History Museum of Italy
- San Giuliano, famous for its thermal centre
- Hermitage of San Giorgio in Spelonca, an interesting site that was founded in the XII century
- Traditional fresh pasta: Pici, Fiorentine, Sagnarelli, Testaròli
- Wines and liqueurs: Chianti Colline Pisane, Bianco Pisano di Sant Torpè, Biadina Lucchese, Pieve Fosciana
- Pecorino Pisano, Tartufo, Buristo Toscano, chestnut honey, bread of Montegemoli, Ricciarelli di Pomarance
|IMPORTANT NOTE||The schedule might be subject to change; Depending on your needs and your requests, we can provide you individual services (accomodation, land service, guide service, single tours and activities) or a full package tour;|
|Availability||January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December|
|What is included||1 night in S. Giuliano Terme, 3* hotel, 2 nights in Lucca, 3* hotel, 2 nights in Pisa, 3* hotel, 3 picnic lunches (day 2, 3, 4), 4 dinners at restaurant and/or hotel (day 1, 2, 3, 4), 5 breakfast in Hotel, Back up guide, Baggage transfer, Drinks included during dinners (mineral water and ¼ wine or soft drinks), Entrance tickets in Pisa to Pisa Tower, Battistero, Monumental Graveyard, Cathedral, Professional Official Guide, Support of 16 seater minibus from 8 pax onwards, Transfer from/to Pisa airport (only one transfer for pick-up and drop off)|
|What is not included||– All not expressed in the “What is included”, 1 lunch + 1 dinner in Lucca (day 5), 1 Lunch in Pisa (day 1), Entrance tickets to Calci highlights Personal expenses, Extra drinks during meals, Hotel local tax|
DAY 1 – PISA
Arrival in Pisa and transfer to hotel. Check in and, according to the arrival time, brief exploration of this wonderful city. Introductory talk and explanation of trip. Pisa contains priceless treasures that make it one of the most important art city of the world. The core of its fine architectural and artistic offer is located in the suggestive Piazza dei Miracoli where it’s possible to visit the famous leaning Tower of Pisa, the Battistero, the Monumental Graveyard, and the Cathedral. Lunch free. Dinner and overnight hotel.
DAY 2 – PISA / CALCI / PISA
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Calci from where we will begin our excursion along a loop route of considerable historical and environmental interest. This route focuses on two important cultural sites: The Certosa of Calci, where is possible to visit according to the opening times and dates, one of the major Natural History Museum of Italy; and the Verruca fortress, overlooking the plain of the Arno, which had represented the benchmark of the east defense of Pisa Republic. Pic nic lunch. Dinner at restaurant. Overnight hotel.
12kms, total ascent 500m, descent 500m, 5h
DAY 3 – PISA / SANTALLAGO / SAN GIULIANO TERME
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer from Pisa to Calci. Today we will walk along paths of ancient memory, we will visit places once inhabited by hermits, through chestnut and beech forest we discover the importance of this route which allowed the connection of Pisa and Lucca. Starting from Santallago we will reach the Mount Faeta that will give us extraordinary feelings showing the landscapes beauty of the Meditterranian sea. Finally we will descend trough the Mediterrenian maquis until we will arrive at San Giuliano Terme. Pic nic lunch. Dinner and overnight hotel.
12kms, total ascent 400m, descent 750m, 6h
DAY 4 – SAN GIULIANO TERME / LUCCA
Breakfast hotel. San Giuliano is famous for its thermal centre, the healing properties of these waters were discover first by the Etruscans and later on by the Romans. Starting from the train station of San Giuliano we will walk through woodlands until we will meet the hermitage of San Giorgio in Spelonca, an interesting site that was founded in the XII century. Recent archaeological excavations have brought to light new structures that were obtained directly from rocks. We will continue along the route until we reach our resting spot, the mountain pass “ I Quattro venti”. After lunch, we will proceed through the characteristic vegetation of this area that is called Mediterrenean garrigue, a particular vegetal association that consist of scented shrubs that is formed by the degradation of the Mediterrenean scrubland, due to the aridity of limestone soils. We will then ascend the Mount Romagna from which afar it will possible to see the towering walls that enclose Lucca, the final destination of our Journey. Arrive in Gattaiola. Transfer to Lucca. Pic nic lunch. Dinner at restaurant. Overnight hotel.
11kms, total ascent 600m, descent 550m, 6.30h
DAY 5 – LUCCA
Breakfast hotel. Day of relax dedicate to visit Lucca, the best known and most beautiful medieval city in the world because it has been able to preserve its historical and cultural soul. What better way to get to know it than by walking through its streets alleys to discover its full wealth.
Famous for its towering walls, one of the few examples in Italy of city walls which are still in excellent condition, these are not only admirable architecture but also a great place for a stroll and to see the town from a another point of view. Every square and every monument tells of Lucca and its great past. This was a land of bankers, traders, artists and religious who have left traces of themselves in every corner. Lunch free. Dinner free. Overnight hotel.
DAY 6 – Departure day
After an early breakfast we greet our group and drive back to Pisa airport for departure. End of our services.