• 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
Christopher Wellington, MA
historian, long-term resident of Piacenza and fluent Italian speaker
Depart Heathrow 1110, arriving Pisa 1425. Transfer to Hotel Ilaria, 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. Evening lecture: The History of Lucca.
Morning visits in Lucca: Church of San Giovanni and Puccini Museum. Afternoon excursion to Villa Torrigiani.
Morning visit to Lucca Cathedral (Duomo di San Martino), including museum. Afternoon excursion to Villa Reale di Marlia (17th century monument with stunning gardens).
Visits in Lucca: San Michele in Foro (13th century façade), Palazzo Pfanner and Palazzo Mansi (Baroque palace containing a rich assembly of tapestries and post-19th century artwork). Evening lecture: Lucca’s Place in the Context of Tuscan Culture.
Morning excursion to Barga (medieval town with important historical trading links), followed by free afternoon in Lucca with option to visit the Botanic Garden.
Free time. Transfer to Pisa for 1510 departure, arriving Heathrow 1635.
5 Apr — 11 Apr 2019
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Christopher Wellington explained so well the history of the wonderful places we visited.
ACE GENTLER TOURS
Lucca is the second in a new 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.
Cost includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £245.