Your expedition starts at the well visited medieval town of Pisa, home to the University of Pisa founded in 1343. Stop for photographs in the Field of Miracles then marvel at Pisa Cathedral's Leaning Tower. This freestanding bell tower was built over a period of 199 years beginning in 1173 and actually started to tilt early on during construction due to an unequal soil foundation. The tilt was partially corrected in the later stages but the tower still leans about 3.99 degrees, resulting in the top of the tower displaced a little over 12 feet from its center. While in Duomo Square you will also see the Pisa Baptistery of St. John, an ecclesiastical building made out of marble and three brass doors containing relief sculptures that Michelangelo named the Gates of Paradise. Take a walk along the Piazza Dei Cavalieri, the political center in medieval times with a stunning facade designed by Giorgio Vasari.
Your adventure continues to the medieval town of Lucca where you will visit the Cathedral of San Martino that contains the Holy Face of Lucca crucifix. Legend has it this venerated wooden relic was a copy of the original sculpted by Nicodemus, a Pharisee who helped prepare and bury Jesus' body after His crucifixion. While in town, see St. Michele's Church and stand in Via Fillungo, the main street in the city that is lined with numerous shops. Gaze up at the Clock Tower as well as the oak-topped Guinigi Tower, a marvelous example of Romanesque Gothic architecture.
You will also visit Montecarlo, a charming little Medieval town with generous views of Lucca and Val Di Nievole below. Relax in one of the wineries and sample some the region's wines cultivated on the Sangiovese and Trebbiano Toscano grapes as well as other local varieties. You will also enjoy a tasting of premium extra virgin olive oil and other local products.
Sign up today and get ready to experience the history, majesty and beauty of medieval Pisa, Lucca and Montecarlo.
Please Note: Your intimate, 9-hour tour includes local snacks and wine. Guests should be physically fit as there is a moderate amount of walking. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Reviewer: Dave Nicley
Amelia was a great guide. Our best excursion of the trip
Reviewer: Mary Garetto
Michael was our guide and it was a great experience. He gave us important information before he dropped us in Pisa to explore on our own. We stopped in Monte Carlo before going to the winery, which was really nice. Tasted wine and cheeses and learned a lot. Lucca was an amazing city which he guided us through before leaving us to explore on our own. All he all, he was a great guide and I would recommend this tour to anyone.