WONDERS OF TUSCANY: JOURNEY FROM PISA TO LUCCA


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2 days
Program with departure from Milan
249 € per person
Guided visits for groups

Description

The trip to Pisa and Lucca will take you to the discovery of two splendid Tuscan cities, full of art and history. Our Tuscan journey will start from the magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, where four white masterpieces of medieval monumental art stand on a large expanse of green lawn: the famous Campanile or Leaning Tower, the Camposanto, the Baptistery and the Duomo. Ancient center of city life, the complex represents a priceless destination for the harmony of its architectural jewels that deserved the definition of “miracles” by the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio.

We will visit the interior of the Baptistery, whose construction was begun in 1153 by Diotisalvi, architect of the church of the Holy Sepulcher, and came to fruition in the 14th century. Of cylindrical shape, white marble and surrounded by arches on columns, the Baptistery boasts the primacy of the largest baptistery in Italy; in the center is the baptismal font where in 1564 Galileo Galilei was baptized and the splendid pulpit completed around 1260 by Nicola Pisano, protagonist of the great Italian Gothic sculpture, together with his son Giovanni, in turn author of an equally extraordinary pulpit in the nearby cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta

The medieval cathedral of Pisa, tangible testimony of the prestige and wealth of the Maritime Republic at the time of its apogee, is a building with a monumental façade marked by four rows of arches and embellished with precious inserts of polychrome marbles. Inside the church, valuable artistic interventions from different eras dialogue, among which, next to Giovanni Pisano’s pulpit, executed in conjunction with the realization of the Madonna and Child of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padova, the large apsidal mosaic of Christ enthroned between the Virgin and Saint John of Cimabue miraculously survived the fire of 1595. The visit continues to the Camposanto, the ancient cemetery where the major city personalities were buried as the rectors and the most prestigious professors of the University of Pisa, the rulers and the most prominent families of the city who often used sarcophagi of Roman times for burials of great value. Finally we will admire the famous Leaning Tower, whose structure, inclined due to a collapse in the ground that long blocked its construction, was begun in 1173, taken up in 1275 and completed in the second half of the 14th century. Cylindrical in shape, with blind arches in the lower part, the tower takes up the main decorative motif of the Cathedral in the six orders of loggias.

Leaving Piazza dei Miracoli, we will move towards Arno, to walk in the historic center between magnificent buildings and palaces. Piazza dei Cavalieri will amaze you with its rich history as an ancient political center in Pisa, probably the site of the Roman Forum and transformed by Cosimo I de ‘Medici in the center of the Order of the Knights of Santo Stefano, born to defend the Tuscan and Mediterranean coasts from the fleets Turkish and pirates. Here is the clock building famous for being the place where Conte Ugolino was held prisoner and died of hunger with his family. And then we will still admire a small jewel set on Lungarno Gambacorti: the Church of Santa Maria della Spina, an extraordinary example of Pisan Gothic built on the river bed in 1230 and which in 1333 received the relic of a thorn from the crown of Christ.

We will end our day in Pisa with an immersion in the colors of Tuttomondo by Keith Haring, the gigantic mural among the most hidden treasures of the city: painted in 1989 on the outer wall of the rectory of the Church of Sant’Antonio Abate, with the help of some students, represents a real explosion of vitality and color!

The second day we will move to Lucca, known for its Renaissance walls surrounding the old town and for the cobbled streets. We will cross the unique Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, built on the remains of the ancient Roman amphitheater, which determined its elliptical shape and then brought us to one of the oldest places of worship in Lucca, the Basilica of San Frediano, famous for the large mosaic on the façade. dating back to the end of the 13th century and characterized by a very rare Romanesque style.

We will continue with a suggestive walk on the famous walls built between the mid 16th and early 17th centuries, the greatest example in Europe of walls built according to the principles of the fortification preserved until today but also a green oasis surrounding the historic center. Then we will then enter in the urban perimeter of the Roman city to visit the church of San Michele in Foro on top of which stands a giant marble statue of the archangel Michael defeating the dragon. The church houses three important works of art: the Madonna with child in glazed terracotta by Andrea della Robbia, the Pala Magrini by Filippino Lippi from 1483 and a high relief of the Virgin sculpted by Raphael of Montelupo.

We will conclude the second day of the journey with the oldest basilica in all Tuscany, the Duomo of Lucca or the Cathedral of San Martino, whose foundations date back to the 6th century, when it was founded by San Frediano, a hermit made bishop by popular acclaim. Inside are preserved valuable 15th century works such as the funeral monument of Ilaria del Carretto by Jacopo della Quercia and the Madonna enthroned with Child and saints, by Domenico Ghirlandaio.

A final passage through the Porta of San Pietro will allow us to give a monumental greeting to the beautiful Lucca and to conclude a weekend at the sign of art and history among great churches, elegant palaces and glimpses of surprising and unforgettable citizens.

What’s included

  • private motor coach transportation as per itinerary (A/R from Milan)
  • overnight stay (1 night) in a 4-star hotel with breakfast in double room. Single room supplement: €35
  • tourist tax
  • guided tours as scheduled (Baptistery, Camposanto of Pisa, San Frediano Church, Lucca and Pisa Cathedral, Lucca and Pisa old town, San Frediano Church)
  • entrance fee to all sites as per itinerary (Baptistery, Camposanto of Pisa, San Frediano Church)
  • walk on Lucca walls
  • headsets during the sightseeing tours

All our guided tour are conducted by a guide with regular professional licence.

 

What’s not included

  • Transport to reach the meeting point
  • Food and beverage ( if not indicated in the program )
  • Tips (optional)
  • Personal Extras

Meeting point

Departure

via Paleocapa 4, Milano
15 minutes before the start of the tour in Via Paleocapa 4 ( MM Cadorna )

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancel up to 60 days for a full refund
  • 50% refund between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour
  • No refund within 30 days before the start of the tour

The experiences on scheduled dates are in partnership with MILANOGUIDA.

It is possible to organize private and customized guided tours, in different languages ( for information and prices please contact us)

Info and booking

Mail duomoviaggi@duomoviaggi.it

Via S.Antonio, 5 MILANO Italy

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