The Tuscan Coast, Lucca & Florence

8 Days from £859 | September, May 859

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* - 92%
* 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 Portovenere, the ‘Port of Venus’, on the west side of the Gulf (40 miles). Ferry timetable and weather permitting, you cross back to the east side of the Gulf by boat to meet your coach and continue to the hotel.

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.

Please note: there is a local tourist tax of 1.50 euros per person per day. It is not included in the price of the holiday and will be payable by hotel guests directly to the hotel.

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* - 92%
* 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* - 86%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Escorted Holiday - The Tuscan Coast, Lucca & Florence
Holiday code: 7TUF
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £100
Sea View Twin/Double Room: £70
Travel Insurance: £59.95
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

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Prices shown include carriage of one piece of hold luggage per person (maximum size and weights vary). Prices include return transfers between airport and hotel and are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms. Please refer to 'Accommodation' for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. All flight details are provisional and subject to confirmation when known. All holidays are subject to minimum numbers and are subject to availability. Further details in our FAQ.

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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

We had a wonderful holiday. The area was lovely, people and staff were friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed it!! Thank you.

Mrs M, Derbyshire

We really enjoyed our holiday in Tuscany at “The Hotel Joseph”/. The food was excellent, especially the home-baked desserts. Delicious! Florence was amazing as usual! The Gulf of Poets was very pretty and a lovely day out. All in all, a super holiday. Many thanks, this was our 5th holiday with your company.

Mrs W, W. Yorks

Excellent holiday in a lovely seaside town, close to very interesting towns. An excellent holiday with Preferred Travel Services for the second time.

Mr and Mrs T, Edinburgh

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