Driving along the road leading from Lucca to Pisa you will notice a beautiful landscape covered with fields and olive groves and the rocky line of hills in the background.
Just outside of Lucca, traversing the bridge over river Serchio, you will arrive in the village of S. Alessio in the midst of the “Lucchesi campagna”. S. Alessio is surrounded by maize fields, vineyards and in the background there is a gentle line of rolling hills, an ideal location for a tranquil, relaxing holiday in contact with nature. While driving through the middle part of the Serchio Valley you will discover the hills of the “Brancoleria” with its scattered antique Roman churches.
Coming from Lucca, after 10 km you will reach the village of Ponte a Moriano, which lies in the middle of the Serchio valley. It is a picturesque landscape, surrounded by bare mountains, smooth hills covered with silver shining olive groves, wine yards and dense woods. There are many little lakes and rivers to be discovered by them who love to go fishing - nature freaks could go for a walk or make trekking tours
The Garfagnana and the wonderful valley of Pescaglia are repudiated to be one of the most beautiful areas of the Lucchesia considering the panoramic position. Here you will find many little hamlets such as Piegaio Alto, Colognora or Vetriano, the latter has a medieval tower and the smallest theatre of the world, only 55 sqm, named by the musician Alfredo Catalani.
Chiatri is a very charming, small village set in the gentle green hills separating Lucca and the Mediterranean Sea. Chiatri was the summer residence of the famous composer Giacomo Puccini. The musician fell in love with this unique setting and wrote: “The panorama of Chiatri is truly enchanting offering views down the hillside to the coast from Livorno to La Spezia, from Arno river to Serchio river, on clear days you can get a glimpse of Corsica, the islands of Gorgona and Capraia, the Park of San Rossore and Migliarino”. From Chiatri it is only a 20 min. drive to Lucca, and the beautiful Versilia beaches with the famous holiday resorts and the attractive nightlife are within an easy reach.
The village of Valpromaro lies on the road which is connecting Lucca with the beautiful beaches of the Versilia coast. At this coast you will discover the famous shopping mile and the mondaine clubs.
The beautiful sea- side is only 20 minutes by car from Lucca. The little town of Viareggio was founded in the year 1200 as a fishing village and today it is considered to be the pearl of the Versilia with its long established bathing beaches, the famous promenade which runs alongside the sea alternating modern shops with liberty style villas, bars and boutiques.
Forte dei Marmi
Situated between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Alpuane Alps making its climate particularly mild, Forte dei Marmi has a smooth beach with a long length of soft sand gently sloping down into the blue Versilian sea making it particularly suitable for children.
Clean and un-polluted sea water and well equipped beach clubs make it one of the most refined beaches in Europe. Forte dei Marmi is situated close to many places of interest, such as Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pisa, the Cinque Terre, Carrara marble quarries, and many others, otherwise through breathtaking routes of the alpine paths discovering the suggestive Tyrrhenian coastline and the Alpuan mountains. When you are in Forte dei Marmi you can shop in high class boutiques opened by the most famous designers, or you can go to its traditional open air markets, you can play golf, tennis, football, horse riding, or simply the ideal place for cycling through the green landscape or in the town centre enjoying the tranquillity of Versilia, or visit Art exhibitions, or the Versiliana Festival and theatre or dine in one of the charming maze of restaurants and trattorie which offer you typical sea and Tuscan food, your evenings can be elighten by a visit to the "La Capannina" to the more modern, from piano bars to pubs or coffee shops where illustrious characters enlighten their day. Forte dei Marmi also provides great entertainment for the youngest holiday makers, with puppet shows, play parks, pony rides, merry go rounds and also driving small electric cars in the towns pine woods making their holidays really unforgettable.
The little town of Viareggio was founded in the year 1200 as a fisher village – today it is considered to be the pearl of the Versilia – with its historical baths, the long sandy beaches. Itis the most famous of the holiday resorts in the Versilia, prestigious and very chic. The beach of fine golden sand is very wide. The attractive strand promenade with the exclusive designer shops, sophisticated cafés, restaurants, bars and night clubs offers everything for the most discerning of guests.
Many characteristics villages such as Pieve a Elici, Gualdo or Montigiano are situated in the municipality of Massarosa, which lies in the North of Tuscany – on the hills between Lucca and the sea. You have stunning views from these villages onto the wonderful landscape and in the same time you may discover a nature of breathtaking beauty.
Pieve a Elici is famous for its concerts which take place in the church during summer. There is an open-air opera festival which is held during July and August at the lake Massaciuccoli
The park of Migliarino, extends on 24’000 hectares with views onto the sea; the park offers a lot of history, antique dunes and wonderful pine woods reaching the lake of Massaciuccoli, the latter has a faun and flora of a special beauty. Lovers of the opera have the possibility to visit the Puccini festival which is held in a magnificent amphitheatre with the lake of Massaciuccoli as a background. The most important operas of the “maestro” are performed during this event. Guests may do a trip by boat on the lake to discover the archaeological area where there are still remains of a villa and a Roman spring. The beaches of the Versilia are within an easy reach.
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