Montecarlo Lucca

Montecarlo in Tuscany

The Fort and village Montecarlo was founded in 1333 by future Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV , who freed the nearby city of Lucca from Pisa city occupation. A true settlement, however, appeared only after the Florentine destroyed the nearby castle of Vivinaia, and the authorities of the Republic of Lucca moved the population to…

Barga Lucca

Barga in Tuscany

Barga is mentioned for the first time in the 9th century as a feud of the Lombard family of Rolandinghi. In the 11th century, it obtained privileges including tax exemptions by Matilda di Canossa Countess of Tuscany, however, it remained still subordinate to Lucca. When Matilda died, she left all her properties, including the Serchio…

Pietrasanta Tuscany

Pietrasanta in Tuscany

Pietrasanta: A small Athens in Tuscany The town of Pietrasanta was founded in 1255 by Guiscardo da Pietrasanta, from Milan. Today it’s considered the “Small Athens of Tuscany”, since it was the goal of the greatest marble carvers than every age and has always accommodated great artists like Michelangelo Buonarroti and more recently Henry Moore,…

villa torrigiani lucca

Villas and Gardens in Lucca

From Montaigne to Gualdo Priorato and Georg Christoph Martini, the image of Lucca is closely bound up with the territory: a serene and opulent city “girdled on all sides by a theatre of hills, most agreeable for the abundance of Delightful and Sumptuous Villas that are to be seen, with Magnificent Palaces, Charming Gardens and…

tour of Lucca

Classic tour of Lucca

Classic tour of Lucca in 3 hours This guided tour lasts about three hours, just the right length of time to give you the opportunity to learn something about the history of our little city and see some of its works of art. An easy, enjoyable walk through medieval streets with their elegant Renaissance palazzos.…

Pisa in on day

Pisa in one day

(6 hours, excluding lunch break) In the morning we introduce you to …Piazza dei Miracoli! Pisa has preserved the four “Miraculous” whiter than white monuments it built during its days as a powerful and prestigious Marine Republic: the Leaning Tower, the top of which offers a spectacular panorama that stretches out for kilometers, the Cathedral,…

tour of Livorno

Classic tour of Livorno

Length of Tour: 3 hours Livorno has always been the most important port in Tuscany and a melting-pot of cultures. It was established and developed by the Medici, rulers of Florence, and designed by Bernardo Buontalenti in the late 16th century. A series of laws, passed in the early 17th century known as the Leggi…

Tour of Arezzo

Classic tour of Arezzo

Length of Tour: 3 hours This tour takes you through the historic center of Arezzo. Both its civic and religious architecture are extremely well-preserved. With your guide you will visit: Anfiteatro romano (Roman Amphitheater): The amphitheater is located in the south part of the walled city and was constructed between the end of the 1st…