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Best churches tour – from Roman to Romanesque

  • Best churches tour – from Roman to Romanesque

    If not already sated after seeing the Duomo and San Michele (see entry), visit the best of the rest. The city churches are mostly Romanesque and inspired by Pisa. Yet, given city rivalries, Tuscan Romanesque delights in distinctive regional variations, as in the differentiated stripes and arcading in Lucca. Begin in Piazza del Duomo with the church of Santi Giovanni e Reparata. Originally Lucca’s cathedral, the church has been excavated to reveal its Roman roots. A mosaic floor from a Roman villa was superseded by a 2nd-century Roman bathhouse, which itself gave way to a 5th-century baptistery. A series of churches were added, culminating in the present 12th-century building. Highlights include the Roman font, Romanesque pavements and the coffered ceiling. From here it’s on to San Frediano, with its crenellated bell-tower and its splendid gold-and-blue façade mosaic of Christ in Majesty on the façade. Inside, the dimly-lit interior reveals a massive Romanesque font carved with scenes showing Moses and his entourage of camels, leading his people (dressed in medieval armour) through the divided Red Sea. The church is named after Fridianus, an Irish-born missionary and Bishop of Lucca, who founded the church in the 6th century.

    Address: Chiesa San Frediano, Piazza San Frediano
    Web: www.sanfredianolucca.com

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Medieval Tower exclusive Light Lunch

We present a unique location overlooking Siena with Piazza del Campo. A private apartment with a beautiful tower (Terrace) where the owner Luciana with Michela and Domenico nephews invite you to spend moments of authentic taste...

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Da Vinci Tuscany Private Tour from Arezzo

Discover the beauty, secrets and mysteries of Tuscany that inspired Leonardo da Vinci to create La Mona Lisa. The itinerary includes a visit to some of the most beautiful places in the area starting from Buriano Bridge with its seven arches - this was one of the favourite views for Leonardo da Vinci, so much so that he chose it as the background for his painting of the Mona Lisa. Then move to Borro, a small village surrounded by nature and the estate of Salvatore Ferragamo. Next is a visit to the Church of Gropina, famous for its stained-pulpit, and Loro Ciuffenna which is crossed by the river that still feeds an old mill. The tour continues with a visit to Castelfranco di Sopra for lunch, and after a pleasant break we will take you over the path of the Balze, the stratified canyons. You will be walking for almost 2 hours throughout this breathtaking landscape where you can even still drink natural sulphur water.

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Make Your Own Wine: Combine Mixtures to Create your Perfect Wine (from Siena)

Experts will guide customers step by step, learning how to give a certain character to your very personal wine. Inside an ancient room under the '700 villa, our winemaker will describe the different characteristics of the 5 grapes sampled directly from the oak barrels.

- Private tour for couples and small groups
- Departure from an agreed meeting point or from your hotel
- Visit of the winery
- Meeting with the wine expert + Experience + Lunch
- Shipping of 12 wine bottles with custom labels
- Return to an agreed meeting point or to your hotel
- Languages: Italian and English

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Rediscovered Gardens of Elisa Bonaparte

Meet your tour guide at the Ticket Office of Villa Reale and begin the tour.

The gardens of Princess Elisa Bonaparte are a closely-guarded treasure chest full of secrets, tales, and utterly charming spots. They are an oasis of light and beauty, colour and harmony, and it is possible to exclusively view them in the company of our expert licensed guides. Only by taking a historical, botanical, and architectural tour, can the park and gardens of Villa Reale, silent witnesses to events tied to important historical figures, reveal their past magic and splendour which, today, has been given new life.

Option: Meet your Guide in Lucca by the Information Office in Piazzale Verdi, go to the Villa in the company of the guide with Bus n. 59  (Please note: bus fare is at the expense of the participant)

 

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