Escape the crowds to the Tuscan countryside for a great half-day scenic hike in this historical location following in the steps of Bonaparte family!
Location: Tuscany (Italy) – Main places to visit: nearby Lucca
Duration: full day
Begins in: Lucca railway station
Ends in: Lucca railway station
Departures 2020: daily departures, depending on availability
Maximum group size: 8
Minimum group size: 2
Price 2020: 2 participants (€160/person), 3/4 participants (€150/person), 5 to 8 participants (€140/person)
Meet your guide at the Lucca railway station to start the tour.
After a short private transfer (about a 15 minute drive) to nearby Marlia, we will visit the enchanting Villa Reale, a unique piece of history and one of the most illustrious historic residence in Italy: in the 19th century it was the home of Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, Duchess of Lucca and Napoleon’s sister.
We will warm up with walk (about an hour and a half) around the outstanding gardens of this luxurious Villa, where we will discover numerous uncommon plants harmonized in elegant and refined compositions. Thereafter we will continue our stroll (about an hour and a half) along a rural path through gentle hills blanketed in olive groves and vineyards: we will reach an ancient winery where you will be rewarded with a delicious wine tasting and a picnic lunch made from a selection of local delicatessen.
After having experienced new pleasant sensations in your palate and with indelible memories of this scenic countryside filling your eyes and your hearth, we will hop in the van and drive you back to Lucca.
Please note: the above itinerary may change at any time due to circumstances beyond our control
Activity rating: Easy. The trail terrain is largely compact, although there may be some sections that are uneven and stony. The maximum distance is about 12 km/7.4 miles.
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Located in the northern Tuscany, Lucca can be easily reached by public transport or by car.
By Train: the Lucca Train Station is directly connected to the main cities of Tuscany: if you arrive at Florence airport, you first need to reach the Florence’s main train station (Santa Maria Novella) from which you can take a direct train to Lucca: the trip will take about 45 minutes and there is an hourly service. If you arrive at Pisa airport, you will need to take the train to Pisa’s main train station (Pisa Centrale) where you will need to catch the train to Lucca: the trip will take about 20 minutes, and from Pisa Centrale there is a direct service about every 30 minutes.
For additional information, please check the TRENITALIA website.
By Bus: the Lucca Bus Station is located inside the city walls, at Piazzale Verdi. VAIBUS connects Lucca to and from both Florence airport (the trip will take about 1 hour) and Pisa airport (the trip will take about 30 minutes). Please download the pdf full bus schedule file here.
By Car: Lucca is located on the highway A11 Firenze-Mare that connects Florence with Pisa and the Versilia coast (the trip from Florence will take about 45 minutes). If you arrive from either the North (Bologna: about 1 hour and 30 minutes) or South (Roma: about 3 hours and 30 minutes), you have to take the highway A11 and take the exit Lucca Est or Lucca Ovest. Should you arrive from the coast, both North (Genova: about 2 hours) and South (Roma: about 4 hours), on the highway A12 Genova-Roma, you will need to connect at Viareggio and then proceeding to Lucca Ovest (a toll must be paid on both highways).
Once in Lucca, please note that the old city center is closed to traffic and driving inside the city walls is mostly reserved to residents only. You will have to park outside the walls (there are several car parks outside the walls and a few parking areas inside the walls that can be accessed by non-residents: please be sure you are following the correct indications for non-restricted parking open to everyone).
By Taxi: a private transfer by taxi from your arrival airport can be arranged upon request.
Entrance fee to Villa Reale gardens
Transport to reach Lucca