First Day: LUCCA
A guided tour of the city: Piazza S. Michele in Foro, Piazza Napoleone, Cathedral of S.Martino, the characteristic medieval streets, Piazza Anfiteatro, the Basilica of S.Frediano, the sixteenth-century walls. In the afternoon free time to complete the visits then transfer to the surroundings of Siena.
Second Day: SIENA
Guided tour of the Basilica of St Dominic, a very important place for the figure of Saint Catherine, co-patron of Italy, of which two precious relics, the head and the thumb are preserved inside. Then we continue with a visit to the nearby Casa Santuario della Santa, full of decorations, spirituality and devotion. Through evocative alleys full of history we will arrive to Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful and famous squares in the world, the perfect setting of the famous Palio di Siena. In the afternoon visit of the Cathedral, a wonderful example of Gothic architecture with important masterpieces inside, including the Piccolomini Library frescoed by Pinturicchio, works by Donatello, pulpit by Nicola Pisano. We will also stop in front of the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, a real piece of history of Siena.
In the morning guided tour to discover the city “of wind and boulder”, as described by Gabriele D’Annunzio. Volterra, perched on the hill overlooking the Val di Cecina, can boast a perfectly preserved medieval historical center. Its origin dates back to the Etruscans, who made Velathri a center of primary importance in the production of alabaster. The Romans renamed it Volaterrae and enriched the city with the theater and the baths. In the Middle Ages the city experienced a new phase of splendor, enshrined in the construction of the Palazzo dei Priori, the first in all of Tuscany, the Duomo and the Baptistery. In the afternoon guided tour of S. Gimignano, declared World Heritage Site for its magnificent historical center with its famous towers, practically unchanged from the Middle Ages to today. It is one of the Tuscan towns that has best managed to preserve the urban structure of the municipal age. In our itinerary we will travel along the Via Francigena, around which the first city nucleus was formed, from Porta San Giovanni to the opposite end of Porta San Matteo. During the visit we will cross and discover the secrets of Piazza della Cisterna and Piazza del Duomo, famous for the Palaces of the Podestà (meaning ‘Chief Magistrate’ or ‘Governor’) and the Salvucci towers; other stages of the journey will be the panoramic point at the top of the town and the Church of Sant’Agostino with the frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli.
Fourth Day: PISA