About Lucca Siena Pisa
With Florence, the other famous Tuscan art city is Pisa. Although known worldwide for its leaning tower (the bell tower of the city’s cathedral), Pisa contains more than 20 other historic churches, several palaces and various bridges across the River Arno. The tower is one of many works of art and architecture in the Piazza del Duomo, also known, since 20th Century, as Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), to the north of the old town centre. The Piazza del Duomo also houses the Duomo (the Cathedral), the Baptistry and the Camposanto Monumentale (the monumental cemetery).
Pisa boasts several museums like:
- the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, exhibiting among others the original sculptures of Nicola Pisano and Giovanni Pisano, and the treasures of the cathedral;
- the Museo delle Sinopie, showing the sinopias from the the monumental cemetery;
- the Museo Nazionale di S. Matteo, exhibiting sculptures and painting from 12th to 15th century, including masterworks of Masaccio and Simone Martini;
- the Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Reale, exhibiting the belongings of the families that lived in the palace;
- the Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti per il Calcolo: exhibiting a collection of instruments used in science, even a compass probably belonged to Galileo Galilei;
- the Museo di storia naturale e del territorio dell’Università di Pisa, located in the Certosa di Calci, outside the city. It houses one of the largest cetacean skeletons collections in Europe.
The medieval walled town of Lucca in the northwest area of Tuscany boasts many beautiful towers, churches and palaces and is within easy reach of Pisa and Florence.
It is also close to the inviting golden beaches of Viareggio.
During the summer months, the town comes alive with open-air cinema and a varied programme of concerts in the Amphitheatre.
In Lucca we offer a range of self catering apartments, some with swimming pools.
In the town centre you could stay at the apartment Miller: located in the Roman Amphitheatre of Lucca, it has 5 windows overlooking the Piazza of the Amphitheatre, arguably the most desirable location in Lucca. If you would like a swimming pool (shared) you could choose one of the apartments at Il Giardino, just outside the walls of Lucca, within walking distance of the historical centre.
Siena is situated in the heart of the Chianti region and is a typical Renaissance town, with narrow winding streets leading up to the Romanesque cathedral set on the highest point of the town. The magnificent Piazza del Campo, a sloping semi-circular piazza of public buildings, is the focal point of the town where the famous ‘Palio’ horse race between the town’s ‘contrade’ (districts) takes place in July and August of each year. The race is preceded by medieval parades and pageantry and the square is thronged with spectators from all around the world.Our range of self catering accommodation gives you many outstanding options.We have comfortable apartments right in the heart of Siena, with everything on your doorstep. Apartments Palio andCampo are ideally located in a historic ‘palazzo’ which looks right on to Piazza del Campo. For those who want to visit the town easily on a daily basis but would also like to go back to a relaxing apartment with a shared swimming, then Fuori Le Mura is the perfect accommodation: although surrounded by olive groves it is just outside the walls of Siena. The privileged position and the facilities offered make it the right place for a relaxed holiday within easy reach of restaurants and town life. The town centre is 10 minutes by bus or 20/30 minutes walk.
EVENTS IN LUCCA SIENA PISA
|Torre del Lago Festival Pucciniano||August||Fondazione Festival Pucciniano Piazzale Belvedere Puccini, 4 – 55048 Torre del Lago Puccini (LU)||Tel. +39 0584 350567
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|Pisa GIOCO del PONTE (Battle of the Bridge)||First Sunday in June||Pisa (Tuscany)||Medieval parade and contest.|