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One of Joe Banana's English speaking drivers will meet you at the port of La Spezia, he'll be waiting for you in the parking lot where the cruise ship courtesy shuttle will drop you off, holding a sign with your name on it.
Your shore excursion will start with a little more than a one hour drive to the first of these twin historic towns: Pisa. A Roman colony from the 2nd century B.C., a naval and commercial port, Pisa became a maritime republic in the Middle Ages, rivaling Genova, Amalfi and Venice. Your private driver/guide will take you to Campo dei Miracoli, a large, grassy piazza containing Pisa's cathedral, the baptistery, the cemetery and Pisa's most famous landmark, the Leaning Tower. You will have time to explore this beautiful square and admire the amazing architecture.
After Pisa, we will continue on to Lucca, the birthplace of composer Giacomo Puccini. Lucca, one of the most charming of Tuscany's provincial capitals, is set inside a ring of well-preserved Renaissance walls. The wall has a path along the top that is wide enough to hold small parks!
Like most cities in Italy, Lucca still shows Roman roots and style. Its defensive walls are perfectly preserved and once you've entered you'll feel that you've returned to the past.
Lucca is a MUST see city, filled with many characteristic shops and restaurants. You can take time to enjoy an authentic meal at a local restaurant, explore the area by foot or even choose to rent bicycles from one of the local shops and take a leisurely ride around the area. Whatever you choose to do, you will enjoy your time here.
After Lucca, we will drive to the beautiful beach area of Forte dei Marmi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forte_dei_Marmi). Here you will have about 2 hours to enjoy this area, established as a highly desirable vacation destination for prominent families residing in northern Italy during the 18th and 19th centuries. The allure of the sea’s beauty continues to draw people to this seaside town today.
After this great excursion we'll drive back to the ship.
8:00 am Pick up from La Spezia Port, drive to Pisa
9:10 am Arrive in Pisa, explore the area for about an hour. If you would like to climb the tower, you will need about 2 hours in Pisa.
11:00 am Leave Pisa, drive to Lucca, about 40 minutes
11:40 am Arrive in Lucca, explore the area on your own for 1-2 hours, you could rent bikes here if you prefer
1:30 pm Leave Lucca, drive to Forte dei Marmi, about 40 minutes
2:10 pm Arrive in Forte dei Marmi, have about 2 hours here
4:15 pm Leave Forte dei Marmi, drive back to La Spezia port, about 45 minutes
5:00 pm Arrive back at La Spezia port
Available: all year round
Tour duration: 9 hours
Pick up - drop off location: In the parking lot in La Spezia Port
Pick up time (suggested): 8.00am (according to your ship’s schedule)
Luxury air conditioned vehicle
English speaking driver
All taxes, parking, tolls, gasoline and driver maintenance
Meals and drinks
Entrance fees, if required - unless otherwise specified.
Please be advised that, as touring companies have now been unabled to enter La Spezia port, when desembarking, cruisers need to take the shuttle bus in order to reach the designeted pick up area where their driver will be waiting holding a sign showing the guests' name. We kindly suggest that our guests get off the ship about 20 minutes earlier than the scheduled pick-up time in order to make the most out of the touring day.
The proposed itinerary is an example of a tour.
We reserve the right to change the order in which we visit sites.