One Day Trip To Enjoy Tuscany and Discover the Garfagnana
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What to Expect from Our Tuscan Day Trip in Lucca and Garfagnana
Our exclusive day tour gives you the unique opportunity to fully appreciate art, history and nature of Tuscany in a single day. During the morning we will visit the famous Lucca. In the afternoon, the tour will continues to the heart of the stunning mountainous region of Garfagnana, the famous Devil’s Bridge and the Medieval Castle.
From your Hotel / Accommodation / Port directly in Tuscany Hills
Our private driver will pick-up you and your group directly from your accommodation or from your cruise port (we have pass to reach the cruises inside the port) with our comfortable Minivan to reach our first stop through the pictoresque Tuscany Hills.
Lucca: the town of Puccini
As said, our tour will start visiting Lucca, the town of Puccini, where we will admire the Renaissance style and the extraordinary architecture of the city surrounded by the famous XVI century thick walls. Over these city walls you can walk freely and enjoy a breathtaking view over rooftops, steeples, gardens, tower-houses, churches and the nearer Tuscan countryside. In the historic centre you will visit the Cathedral and its famous miraculous wooden crucifix: “Holy face”, St Michele church and Fillungo, the most important shopping street of the city, where our guide will tell you the secrets about the conspicuous Clock Tower and Guinigi Tower with its holm-oak growing out of the top.
You will admire also, of course, the Amphitheatre square and the imposing tree-lined town walls.
Your free Time for Shopping in Lucca
Free time is fundamental to make your visit really exclusive and tailored. For shopping lovers there are many shops. Our guide, completely at your disposition, will lead and will advise you for the best places where you can do your shopping.
On the Road to Garfagnana: the Devil’s Bridge
After the visit in Lucca, we will travel along a panoramic road through the countryside of tuscany to enter in the Garfagnana region. During the road, you will be enchanted by marvellous green valleys, old medieval towers and rife chestnut trees. Following the course of the river Serchio, we will have our second stop to the medieval Devil’s Bridge, near the town of Borgo a Mozzano.
Also known as Ponte della Maddalena (Maddalena’s Bridge), this bridge was built in the XII century and is a living expression of the medieval engineering. The structure has asymmetric arches, disposed in a way called at ‘donkey back’. The Devil’s Bridge is one of the region’s most mysterious and exciting landmarks where you will be able to discover the chilling legend that haunts this ancient structure. As you can read on the official website, a popular legend says that a master mason begun the building of the bridge, but soon noticed that he would not be able to complete the work for the fixed day. Scared for the possible consequences, he invoked the Devil asking him help. The Devil accepted to complete the bridge in a night, in change of the spirit of the first that will cross it. The contract was signed but the constructor, full of remorse, confess himself with a religious, that advised him to let cross the bridge for first to a pig. So the Devil was defeated and he disappeared in the deepness of the river.
The Medieval Castle in Garfagnana
Due to its strategic position, the Garfagnana was in the past an important area to keep control over the territory. So, in this area of the Tuscany you can find many forts and fortresses, that can bring you back in time to the Medieval period. Every castle in Garfagnana offers a lot to see in terms of architecture and culture. The most famous fortresses in this area are: the Ariostesca Fort in Castelnuovo, the Verrucole Fort and the Castle at Mont’Alfonso.
We will enjoy a visit in a Medieval Castle, discovering its history and admiring all its beauty.
Barga: an Ancient but Charming Village in Tuscany
Our last stop for this tour will be the village of Barga, one of the most enchanting medieval village in Tuscany. The Italian Touring Club has recently assigned the “orange flag” of the “Migliori borghi d’Italia” (“Best Villages of Italy”), an important sign to recognize the peculiarity of its beauty and of its quality.
Barga has several civic and religious buildings to visit, but the two most important things to see are the Teatro dei Differenti and Casa Pascoli. Barga is, in fact, the hometown of Giovanni Pascoli, one of the most famous italian poets. Barga has also a marvellous Cathedral named Collegiata di San Cristoforo considered one of the most important Romanesque examples in all of Tuscany.
Barga is also named “The most Scottish town in Italy,” after the hills and reminiscence of Scotland (additionally, there are many red telephone booths lying around Barga’s streets).
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||From your Hotel / Accommodation / Cruise Port in Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Versilia, Livorno|
|DURATION||About 7 hours|
|SUGGESTED WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Departure From Your Accomodation
Visit in Lucca
Visit the Devil's Bridge
Visit in a Medieval Castle
Visit the village of Barga
Return at your Accomodation
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Terms And Conditions
- Deposit 30% is required at reservation time, by credit card or paypal (in both case 4% more) in order to guarantee your reservation.
- Due payment will be made by cash in EURO the day of the tour.
- There will be a full charge to your deposit for bookings canceled less than 14 days prior or for no-shows.
- No charge for cancellations made with at least 14 days prior notice.
If you are interested in proceeding we will send you the complete terms of service upon request. They can also be viewed on the website by clicking the TERMS AND CONDITIONS link at the bottom of any page.