See the best that Pisa and Lucca have to offer with your private driver and private transportation!
This excursion is for up to 8 participants only. For larger groups, please see our Livorno Pisa and Lucca with Private Guide Excursion.
Your English-speaking driver who will serve as your narrator/guide while you are in the vehicle, will meet you there and set out in your air-conditioned transportation for the 60-minute journey to the town of Lucca.
On arrival to the city's historic area, your driver will get you as close to the must-see sites as possible in this predominantly pedestrian-only area.
The walls that surround Lucca are impressive artifacts themselves. There are actually 3 sets of walls. The largest, outside wall was started in 1544 AD and is the longest, widest, and largest of the three. Access through these walls is via portas (or gates) - San Pietro, Santa Maria, or San Donato. Further into the city is the second ring of walls dating from 1100 AD. Several parts of it still remain including the gates, Porta dei Santi Gervasio, and Porta Dei Borghi. Even closer to the city center, are the remains of the original walls that date from around 200 AD.
Lucca is not just about its walls. The town boasts wonderful squares (piazzas), palaces, churches, and museums. The Piazza dell'Anfiteatro encircles the site where once a Roman amphitheater stood. The Piazza Napoleone (Piazza Grande) has always been the political center of the city and is anchored by the Ducal Palace, now home to the city's administrative offices. Piazza San Michele, named after the adjacent church of the same name, sits on what was once the Roman forum. The piazza is surrounded by impressive architecture including the Palazzo Gigli, which dates from 1529, and the Palazzo del Podesta (Praetorian Palace) built in 1492. Both are now government buildings. It is the main meeting point for locals.
For music lovers, do not be surprised to hear strains of La Boheme, Tosca, or Madama Butterfly as you stroll through the town. Composer Giacomo Puccini was born and raised in Lucca and the city worships him. Most summer evenings a concert or performance of one of his operas can be found. The home he was born in is now a small museum. The Palazzo Mansi Museum is set in a 17th-century Baroque palace and is an incredible look into the life of a 17th-century noble.
There will be time to stop and purchase some authentic Tuscan food or wine. Your driver will be able to offer suggestions. Food, beverages, and admissions are at the guest's expense. The approximate time in the historic district is approximately 5 hours.
Head back to your transportation for the second part of your journey to Pisa. On arrival to the city, you will disembark and walk to the Field of Miracles best known for the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. The site is an approximately 20-minute walk each way. Enjoy photo opportunities and some free time. The approximate time for the Pisa stop is 90 minutes. From here, you will return to your Livorno cruise pier, approximately 30 minutes from Pisa.
Please note that you should anticipate large crowds at all sites.
Explore Pisa and Lucca's Highlights with a private driver/guide and transportation on this private Livorno excursion. Small groups only. Plenty of time for sightseeing in charming Lucca and Pisa, with its famous leaning tower.