The Tuscan Coast, Lucca & Florence

8 Days from £839 | September

The Versilia Coast is a favourite holiday destination of Italy’s rich and famous. Your holiday base, Marina di Pietrasanta, has excellent beaches and a backdrop of the Apuan Alps. Your holiday includes three contrasting excursions: to the mighty Florence of Dante, Boccaccio and Machiavelli; to the stunningly beautiful ‘Gulf of Poets’ of Byron and Shelley; and a circular trip by coach and rail through the Apuan Alps and Serchio valley, with an afternoon in the wonderful walled city of Lucca.

The Tuscan Coast, Lucca & Florence

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 84%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 7 nights hb Marina di Pietrasanta, on the Versilian coast
  • Excursions to Florence, and to the scenic Gulf of Poets
  • Train trip through the Apuan Alps with a visit to Lucca

Day One: Flight to Pisa and a short transfer to your hotel for seven nights half board accommodation in Marina di Pietrasanta.

Marina di Pietrasanta: the more modern beach resort is 3km from the old town of Pietrasanta, and has shops, bars, restaurants and pier. The resort centre is 700m from your hotel, and there is a regular bus service which stops near the hotel to Viareggio and beyond.

Days Two to Seven: At leisure on the coast, with three included excursions. You have an included full day trip to Florence where your guide will show you some of the masterpieces including the Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria, and Santa Croce – where Galileo insisted to the end that the earth moved around the sun, rather than vice-versa. You will also have free time for shopping and sightseeing. Florence is 68 miles away: you will cover the last few miles by local train to get right into the city centre.

The second trip takes you into the nearby Apuan Alps – the ‘marble mountains’ – and Lucca. You take the motorway to Aulla (32 miles), where there is time to explore, before catching the train down the valley to the exquisite walled town of Lucca (journey time 2 hours). In Lucca there is free time for lunch, and then a guided walking tour of the main sights. In the late afternoon, you travel back to your hotel by coach (25 minutes). Please note that if for any reason the train is not operating, the excursion will concentrate on Lucca rather than the valley.

The other included excursion takes you 40 minutes north to the azure ‘Gulf of Poets’, a glorious bay of verdant hills and colourful coastal villages, of ancient towns huddled around and beneath their castle. It is a coast rich in history, art, wildlife: the ‘Gulf of Poets’ so named because so many writers came and sang its praises – Dante and Petrarch, George Sand and D. H. Lawrence, Byron and Shelley (who died while sailing from Livorno to the Gulf). You travel by coach to Lerici, on the east side of the Gulf (23 miles), but return boat tickets will be provided for the crossing to Portovenere, the ‘Port of Venus’ on the other side (weather permitting).

There is also the chance to join an optional excursion to Torre del Lago Puccini, just half an hour south of your resort. Puccini called this area “paradise” – he converted an old watchtower by the lake to a villa, now a museum: the town has added ‘Puccini’ to its name in his honour.

Day Eight: Transfer to Pisa airport and your flight home.

A Walking Holiday in this area is also available. Details elsewhere on our website and in our Walking Holidays brochure.

The Tuscan Coast, Lucca & Florence

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 84%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

HOTEL JOSEPH ***, Marina di Pietrasanta. (seven nights)
The Hotel Joseph, recently-refurbished, offers spacious lounge areas, lift, bar, restaurant, terraces, and outdoor pool area with terrace and fine views of the Versilia Coast. There is a wellness centre, with treatments available (charges apply). Bedrooms are in two adjacent buildings, and have shower, wc, safety deposit box and wifi. Twin rooms also have balcony.  (
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 78%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
The Tuscan Coast, Lucca & Florence
Holiday Code: 7TUF
Supplements per person:
Single room £100

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BristolTue 12/09/20178Easyjet14251930Fully Booked859Pisa100 (on request)

BristolTue 19/09/20178Easyjet14251930Places Available839Pisa100 (on request)

DublinTue 12/09/20178Ryanair09450920Fully Booked859Pisa100 (on request)

DublinTue 19/09/20178Ryanair09450920Places Available839Pisa100 (on request)

East MidlandsWed 13/09/20178Ryanair11201625Fully Booked859Pisa100 (on request)

East MidlandsWed 20/09/20178Ryanair11201625Places Available839Pisa100 (on request)

EdinburghTue 12/09/20178Ryanair15152130Fully Booked859Pisa100 (on request)

EdinburghTue 19/09/20178Ryanair15152130Places Available839Pisa100 (on request)

HeathrowWed 13/09/20178BA08501430Fully Booked899Pisa100 (on request)

HeathrowWed 20/09/20178BA08501430Places Available879Pisa100 (on request)

London GatwickWed 13/09/20178Easyjet14201925Fully Booked859Pisa100 (on request)

London GatwickWed 20/09/20178Easyjet14201925Places Available839Pisa100 (on request)

LutonWed 13/09/20178Easyjet12351740Fully Booked859Pisa100 (on request)

LutonWed 20/09/20178Easyjet12351740Places Available839Pisa100 (on request)

ManchesterTue 12/09/20178Easyjet18450015Fully Booked859Pisa100 (on request)

ManchesterTue 19/09/20178Easyjet18450015Places Available839Pisa100 (on request)

NewcastleTue 12/09/20178Jet216052215Fully Booked899Pisa100 (on request)

NewcastleTue 19/09/20178Jet216052215Places Available879Pisa100 (on request)

PrestwickWed 13/09/20178Ryanair13401315Fully Booked859Pisa100 (on request)

PrestwickWed 20/09/20178Ryanair13401315Places Available839Pisa100 (on request)

StanstedWed 13/09/20178Ryanair14451420Fully Booked859Pisa100 (on request)

StanstedWed 20/09/20178Ryanair14451420Places Available839Pisa100 (on request)

Prices shown are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms, and are subject to availability. Please refer to ‘Accommodation’ for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 23/08/2017 at 8:47:05

A delightful holiday! The organisation of the trip was excellent and I was impressed by the accommodation offered to single travellers. We had a very good local guide in Florence, which was a lovely day trip, as was the included trip to Lucca. I’m sure I will be continuing to travel with you, and will recommend you to friends.

Ms P, Edinburgh

All staff really helpful and caring. Very good value for money. Well planned and organised holiday. Train journey to Lucca a delight. Will recommend and certainly use Preferred Travel again.

Mr & Mrs K, Essex

Reception and Dining Staff at the hotel have been extremely helpful and very obliging. We cannot praise them enough.

Mr & Mrs D, W. Sussex

Hotel - staff helpful, pleasant, polite.

Mrs G, Staffs.

Will book again soon. Maybe without the need for single supplement.

Mr S, Wiltshire

A most enjoyable holiday in every way. With special thanks to Spanish Carlos and Italian Anna - both very caring people.

Mrs M, Tyne & Wear

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