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.
• 7 nights hb Marina di Pietrasanta, on the Versilian coast
• Excursion to Florence
• Excursion 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.
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.
The second trip takes you into the nearby Apuan Alps – the ‘marble mountains’ – and Lucca.
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.
Day Eight: Transfer to Pisa airport and your flight home.
Hotel Joseph 3*, Marina di Pietrasanta
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, fridge, and wifi. Twin rooms also have balcony.
Subject to availability. Single supplements may apply