• Trace the footsteps of medieval pilgrims as they stopped en route to Rome
• Follow the city’s own cultural and artistic journey, from spectacular church façades to delightful gardens
• Discover Lucca’s best art collections housed in some of the city’s most beautiful buildings, including the Palazzo Mansi, built for a wealthy local silk merchant
historian, long-term resident of Piacenza and fluent Italian speaker
Flight from London Heathrow to Pisa. Transfer to San Luca Palace Hotel, Lucca, for six nights. Welcome and introductory lecture: A Pilgrim Route – the Via Francigena.
Visits in Lucca: Porta del Borgo (original pilgrims’ entrance), Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, Basilica of San Frediano (beautiful Romanesque architecture) and Museum of Villa Guinigi.
Morning visits in Lucca: San Michele in Foro (13th century façade) and Palazzo Pfanner. Afternoon excursion to Villa Torrigiani. Evening lecture: The History of Lucca.
Morning visit to Lucca Cathedral (Duomo di San Martino), including museum. Afternoon excursion to Palazzo Mansi (Baroque palace containing a rich assembly of tapestries and post-19th century artwork).
Morning visits in Lucca: Church of San Giovanni e Reparata and Puccini Museum. Afternoon excursion to Villa Reale di Marlia (17th century monument with stunning gardens). Evening lecture: Lucca’s Place in the Context of Tuscan Culture.
Morning excursion to Barga (beautiful hilltop medieval town with important historical trading links), followed by free afternoon in Lucca with option to visit the Botanical Garden.
Flight from Pisa to London Heathrow.
7 Apr — 13 Apr 2021
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FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
As one of ACE’s gentler tours, the walking on this tour will not be challenging and any inclines will be taken at a slow pace. There will be plenty of opportunities for participants to take optional independent rest stops in the towns we visit and rejoin the group later. Please note that some of the historical sites have uneven ground. Participants should be comfortable walking around the city centre and standing during site visits.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £160.
ACE GENTLER TOURS
Lucca is one of a series of more gently paced tours, created specially by ACE for those who prefer a more laid-back, less physically demanding itinerary while retaining the same high level of academic content. Walking distances are typically shorter, visits are more relaxed, and time is dedicated to the gradual appreciation of, and explorations within, our immediate surroundings. Hotels will usually be situated in central locations to allow for ease of access to major amenities; while group members are regularly encouraged to enjoy each location in their own way and at their own pace. Participants should, however, meet ACE’s usual fitness requirements, as many visits will be made on foot.
Cost of £2095 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £220.
TOUR CODE: LUCC21