This programme for a Tuscany tour by motorhome, is dedicated to those who want “to live and experience” the culture and art of Tuscan villages and towns.
It’s a different type of holiday that will allow you to really appreciate the poetry of this wonderful region all from a hired camper. The time that you will have relaxing in your comfortable camper will be an adventure. However there is no need to be concerned as you will receive full operational instructions before you set off to enjoy your holiday in total serenity.
We have combined interesting and special events for you including an opera by the Great Giacomo Puccini, the 67th festival of Puccini to be held at the open theatre dedicated to the Master himself at Torre del Lago. We have already booked two comfortable second row seats.
The whole programme has been studied in order that you have a tranquil and pleasurable adventure, avoiding long transfers but including cultural visits to cities of art such as Lucca, Volterra, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni, not forgetting the mystical abbey at San Galgano, a fascinating and wonderful place.
You will also have the opportunity to appreciate the culinary delights of Lucca and Tuscany, which without doubt will add to your enjoyment of this memorable holiday.
You will need to choose the type of camper you want to hire, we can do this together if required.
You will have tickets already booked (choose the Master’s opera you prefer from the programme and consequently the tour program will be modified to allow you to attend the chosen work) hence avoiding the hassle of procuring them yourselves.
The package including camp site reservations and guided tours can be booked directly with our agency.
If you would prefer to have someone accompany you (in another camper) this is also possible, there would however be an extra cost for this service.
Guided excursions at San Galgano, Lucca, Volterra and San Gimignano are optional and so these costs will depend on the number of participants on the tour.
However, reservations and payments for these excursions will need to be made at the same time as booking “cost of quote”
If you require an accompanying guide with their own camper the cost will vary considering how many participants require this service
For special requests, customizing your tour or combining this tour to other activities please contact us.
Early afternoon the campers will be consigned and you will then make your first short transfer towards Lucca. Park-up in your designated camper parking spot, the personnel on site will point you in the right direction. We highly recommend that you dine at the Vecchia Trattoria Buralli, the dishes are typical, local and delicious. www.vecchiatrattoriaburallilucca.it (Book ahead as it fills up quickly
The morning will be dedicated to visiting this wonderful town, fascinating with its history of upheavals and resolutions. Meet your guide at 10:00 am for a walking visit of the historical centre and a chance to see its famous monuments. Lucca is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, its heritage is Roman. Lucca kept it’s autonomy as an independent State for many centuries until a little before the unity of Italy.The tour includes la Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, one of the most beautiful in Italy, il Duomo di San Martino and the imposing, majestical city walls which are guaranteed to leave you “open-mouthed” not just for its 12 meter height but also for its 4km length and 30 meter width, the walls have been beautifully preserved. You will see the medieval towers, Torre Guinigi and Torre delle Ore Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca and you can visit the house where he was born, now a museum www.puccinimuseum.org In the afternoon you will drive to the designated parking area at Lido di Camaiore. Pass the evening strolling along the famous passeggiata (lungomare) of Lido di Camaiore and Viareggio. If you fancy eating fish this is the place to be, there are lots of wonderful restaurants.
After a short transfer you will park-up at the campsite at Lago Puccini Campeggio. After lunch either by bike (available from the campsite) or by taxi you can visit Lago Massaciuccoli a distance of 3kms. Here you can take a 2 hour boat ride on the lake (7 euro), with Puccini music to accompany you playing in the background during the excursion, different flora will also be pointed out. Once the boat trip has ended you can visit Villa Puccini which is conveniently close. Overnight stay at parking area.
Direction Volterra arriving at the camp site in time to have lunch under your own steam before you set off at 14.30 on foot to enjoy a guided visit of the city of Volterra. The tour will include a visit to the Acropolis Etruscan , the Museo Etrusco Guarnacci and a laboratory where alabaster is artistically worked. Volterra is the oldest town in Tuscany, its origins are Etruscan but it’s characteristics are medieval. This is a town enclosed by its walls, some of which date back to 5th century BC. You really can feel the atmosphere and spirit of this ancient republic. Once this tour has ended the evening is yours to do as you please. Overnight stay at the camp site perched on the famous Volterra Balze cliffs.
A short drive and you will arrive at the most fascinating, beautiful and characteristic medieval town of San Gimignano in Tuscany. This town is part of the UNESCO heritage, it has remained practically intact since the 1300s. As you can imagine you can see original paintings from this period such as La Tavola of Taddeo Bartolo at the Museum Civico. This town is one of the most visited in Tuscany due to everything it has to offer from the beauty of its architecture, its fascinating atmosphere and to top it off the stunning countryside and vineyards that surround it. San Gimignano is not only visited by tourists but Italians alike. You will park up at a dedicated camper van parking area where you will also spend the night. A mini bus will take you to the centre of the town and back. Overnight stay at parking area.
Among lots of not to be missed towns in Tuscany, San Galgano is mystical and steeped in history. Thirty kilometres from Siena, you will encounter the Cistercian Abbey that dates back to the 1200s. A corner between sky and land where you can close your eyes and imagine the niches and sense the charm of the roofless abbey. Next to the Abbey rises the hermitage of Montesiepi where the famous sword was stuck into the Rock by Galgano Guidotti, a noble who made this gesture to symbolise his decision to renounce his dissolute, rich life in favour of a simpler existence whereby he dedicated himself to penance and the search for truth. The sword in the rock lignites the fantasies of both young and old thanks to the figure of King Arthur and the connection to this abbey and the legend of the round table. Free time. Overnight in a rest area
A short drive to the castle cited by Dante Alighieri in the Divine Commedy “As with circling round Of turrets, Monteriggioni crowns his walls; E’en thus the shore, encompassing the abyss,Was turreted with giants, half their length Uprearing, horrible, whom Jove from heaven Yet threatens, when his muttering thunder rolls.” You are free to visit the castle with the possibility to dine in one of the numerous restaurants inside the walls. An overnight stay in the allocated parking area within the walls.
Return to the camper hire site, consignment of camper before 9.30.