Lucca and Pisa

Visit Lucca and Pisa, 30 minutes and one hour from Villa Roseto

lucca   The medieval walled town of Lucca is very easy to get around and discover by yourself. Guided tours can be arranged. Lucca, oftenaddressed as the “Tuscan Open air museum”, has managed to remain a typical Italian town. Still in our days it is the local people who mark the picture of the city and to convey the impression of a peaceful and at the same time happy bustle. Motor cars have been almost completely banned from inside the citywalls making it a real pleasure to stroll around.      lucca

The “Volto Santo” (holy face) in the S. Martino cathedral, for many centuries an important stopover for pilgrims on their way to Rome. In any case Lucca has world fame for her city walls which already at the time of their construction in the 16th century must have been more impressive than any other. Today they have become avery well kept promenade of more than 4 km length, sidelined by huge plane treesthus making it an unforgettable experience to view down from there on the oldpalaces and churches, the charming gardens and hidden corners. Also unique arethe old holly oaks sitting enthroned almost 50 m up high on top of one of thelast typical Tuscan family towers.

From uphere you can explore Lucca again with your eyes. Now a completely newperspective will be experienced: going beyond the roofs and uncountable churchtowers you will have a view on the charming hills of the Lucchesia and, in thedistance, the rising mountains of the Garfagnana in the North and the Monte Pisano in the South – a truly unique panorama.lucca15

One should not forget to mention the famous Lucchesian Villas with their beautiful gardensone can visit during summer. Lucca enjoys a rather maritime climate; summers are not too hot, winters relatively mild. In general terms Lucca is of interest at any season.

During the same day one can also get to visit Pisa and the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is stunningly set in an open-field piazza that also houses the Cathedral, Baptistery and Cemetery.baptistry-duomo-and-tower

Once a maritime power to rival Genoa and Venice, Pisa now draws its fame from an architectural project gone terribly wrong: itsiconic Leaning Tower. But the world-famous tower is only one of a trio of Romanesque splendors on the green carpet of the Piazza dei Miracoli – a serious rival to Venice’s Piazza San Marco for the title of Italy’s most memorablesquare. Pisa has a centuries-old tradition as a university town and swarms withstudents (and peddlers flogging knock-off bags and watches)