1-800-454-5922 Toll Free

Sign in


Lucchesi villa and gardens tour

  • Lucchesi villa and gardens tour

    Lucca’s villa-studded countryside is a delightful diversion on a hot summer’s afternoon. Most villas are still in appreciative private hands, but often the gardens can be visited even if the house is not open to the public. Wandering through fragrant shrubbery and cool grottoes, past whimsical statuary and fountains, is a reminder of just how wealthy Lucca remains. Two of the grandest are the patrician Villa Torrigiani and the Villa Reale at Marlia both surrounded by beautiful parks. Leave Lucca on the SS12 north, in the direction of the Garfagnana, and after passing through Marlia, turn off at Villa Reale. It was built in the 17th century by the noble Orsetti family but remodelled by Elisa Bacciocchi, Napoleon’s sister. There is a lush park with a lake, which surrounds the formal Italian gardens. Surrounded by clipped yew hedges, its Teatro Verde (outdoor theatre) is the setting for concerts during Lucca’s summer music festival. In Camigliano, near capannori, Villa Torrigiani is a fine example of a late Renaissance villa, owned by the Santini and Torrigiani dynasties since 1636. As Lucca’s ambassador to the French court of Louis XIV, Nicolao Santini remodelled the façade and transformed the gardens. Undertaken in around 1650, the resulting baroque gardens feature grottoes, grotesques, a woodland walk and water gardens.

    Address: Villa Reale: Via Frata Alta 2, Marlia, Capannori
    Web: www.parcovillareale.it

Experience an official tuscany tour with

Livorno Shore Excursion: Livorno Cruise Port to Florence Round-trip Private Transfers

If your cruise ship is docking in Livorno and you’d like to spend your time in port exploring Florence, you’ll need round-trip transportation to get there. Pre-book your transfers from the Livorno port to Florence, and enjoy a hassle-free experience ashore! There's no better way to get from your cruise ship port to Florence than with this professional, efficient transfer service.

from $106.96

Private pasta-making class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in Arezzo

Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at the Cesarina's home, 
learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruit of your labour accompanied by a glass of local wine.
During the lesson the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Each participant will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines.
Le Cesarine is Italy’s oldest network of 600+ home cooks all over the country in more than 120 cities. They are passionate and welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences.

from $166.16

San Gimignano Vespa tour - 1 vespa for 2 people

Kalitumba Tours offers you to see Tuscany through the eyes of a real local on a Vespa. Experience the Italian lifestyle in a unique way and enjoy 'La Dolce Vita Italiana'. We have selected the most scenic and calm routes for you to ride, and suggest the most cosy and qualitative restaurants to enjoy. After the tour you can taste an Italian aperitivo; the famous 'Vernaccia di San Gimignano'. This will be offered by us to wind down and relax after your Tuscan Vespa tour at hotel Villa Ducci, which will be the point of departure and return.
Our San Gimignano tour includes:
- Delivery of your Vespa (125cc, automatic gears) at hotel Villa Ducci
- Technical and informative briefing.
- Half day guided driving.
- A stop in Monteriggioni where you can relax and stretch.
- Aperitif at hotel Villa Ducci when tour finished.

from $223.46

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Florence

Flytographer 30 Minute Vacation Photoshoot
Connect with a local professional photographer in Florence and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Florence, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos.
The best souvenir ever.

from $250
Enquire