Pisa & Lucca

A different kind of day amidst "squares of miracles" and trees on top of medieval towers.
Another excellent option for those staying in Forte dei Marmi
Villa Roma Imperiale - Forte dei Marmi

We suggest spending a day of fun discovering the excitement, culture and food and wine of Pisa and Lucca.


After enjoying our hearty breakfast, set off for Pisa's Piazza dei Miracoli — Miracle Square — (45 km which takes about 40 minutes), named for its beauty. Pisa's Piazza del Duomo has been declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The treasure chest of a square holds the city's most glorious jewels: the Cathedral, the baptistery, the Camposanto and the ultra-famous bell tower, or the "Leaning Tower." After the ritual of picture taking is done, you can go on to find the two other leaning towers. What are they? Come find out!


Hop back in your car for another 18 km (about 30 minutes) and you get to Lucca.


It will probably be lunchtime and you'll have a chance to eat in one of the town center's many small traditional restaurants. Many have outdoor tables. We recommend having a nice fresh spelt salad or one of the many traditional dish with a local wine (Montecarlo is excellent).


Now you're ready for a trip on the walls surrounding Lucca. Built between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries, it has kept Lucca preserved within over the centuries. The walls, built to defend Lucca, are truly impressive and so wide that they were even open to vehicle traffic until 1990 and cars and even heavy trucks drove on them! The walls are now pedestrian and hold gardens, benches, excellent lighting and many nice sports to have a drink and relax.


The walls are 4,223 meters long, forming a perfect ring for a nice stroll, and you could also bike them (renting a bike there, if you like).


Lucca developed in the Middle Ages and has maintained its old charm and impressive architectural wealth. It is called "city of a hundred churches" with steeples and bell towers everywhere as well as monumental Renaissance buildings. The most interesting, important tower is, no question about it, the 44-meter high Tower of Giunigi with seven holm oaks growing on top of it.


Once you've seen Lucca, get back in your car and in 30 minutes you can drive the 35 km to take you back to your Villa Roma Imperiale.