Perhaps the most famous town in Tuscany; Pisa. The town revolves around the Field of Miracles (Piazza dei Miracoli) which is where all the main attractions are located including the Leaning Tower. You will visit the Baptistery, Cathedral and Monumental Cemetery all located on the Piazza dei Miracoli. You will also have a guided tour of Pisa city center which contains more than 20 other historic churches, several medieval palaces and various bridges across the Arno river. Pisa is a University city, the University of Pisa dates back to the 12th century.
The city is known for the well-preserved Renaissance walls encircling its historic city center and its cobblestone streets. Beginning in Roman times, continuing through the Middle Ages, on to the Napoleonic era and finally to the Risorgimento, Lucca's monuments, churches, palaces and roads, even its very shape has a story to tell.
Most of the attractions in Lucca today show its ancient history: from the trace of the Roman amphitheatre that can be seen in the shape of the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro to the archaeological remains under the 12th century church of Saints Giovanni and Reparata (the first city cathedral, located just around the corner from the present-day cathedral of San Martino), to the various towers and villas from the 12th to 16th centuries.
Extraordinarily, as the city grew and modernized, the walls that surrounded the old town were maintained which was not the case for many other cities in Tuscany, including Florence. As the walls lost their military importance, the top of the walls became a pedestrian promenade, today one of Lucca's main attractions. The area around the walls is well taken care of, with green grass and trees everywhere along the walls. Other top attractions include the Piazza of San Michele with its beautiful Church of San Michele in Foro, the Basilica of San Frediano as well as the Clock Tower and Guinigi Tower, to name just a few.
Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto.
The church of Santa Croce is a veritable art gallery. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio, and experience the "newest" area of Florence, the Oltrarno.
The Historic Centre of Florence was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Due to Florence's artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The Carnival of Viareggio is an annual event, since 1873 and considered amongst the most renowned carnival celebrations in both Italy and Europe.
The 2-mile promenade, where the parade takes place, is one of the focal points of the city, characterized by shops, cafes, refreshment points and Liberty style buildings. Viareggio is now a tourist seaside resort with ancient tradition beaches and hotels, for this reason it is called “The Pearl of Tyrrhenian”.
The parade consists of giant floats, weighing up to forty tonnes, as high as 27 metres and carrying up to 250 dancers! Folklore bands and performers with original masks, offer excitement, culture and tradition in a wide programme of entertainment. You will have reserved seats in the tiered seating area, a perfect spot to view the giant papier-maché floats and enjoy the parade or if you prefer; mingle with the crowds along the bustling street and feel the atmosphere of being up close to these spectacular floats and their entourage.