If you do not find hier your favourite itinerary or activity, please contact us! We have many more ideas for particular experiences and would be happy to share them with you and design a special day program, tailored to your needs.
“The perfect holiday would give you relaxation, action, culture and nature – but only a few destinations offer the lot. Wouldn’t it be brilliant if there was a destination with a bit of everything. Sun and sand for those lazy days, sensational scenery for strolling through, a spot of serious culture and history to marvel at and the occasional change to get out there and play daredevil. Lucca and its surroundings is such a destination …this was once in The Sunday Times Travel Supplement..
We offer you a selection of daily itineraries s so that you can make the most of your stay in this beautiful part of Italy. Book your special day in Versilia, sit back, relax & leave the organising to us … safe in the knowledge you are in good hands!
We recognise that our clients are individuals who prefer a personalised service so our itineraries are exclusively tailored for small groups. Do not miss to have a look at our special services too!.
City / Coast / Nature
HIKE IN PORTOFINO NATURAL PARK &TASTE PESTO
A wonderful walk in one of the most famous natural area all around Italy, namely the Italian Park of Portofino. On shadowed paths along the sea in the midst of olive trees, Mediterranean Shrubs and age-old pine tree, you have a breathtaking view over the Ligurian coast and the Gulf of Tigullio.
In approx.. 40 minutes we reach an old watermill where you can see the old tools used in ancient times for pressing olives and taste the most famous dish of Liguria: the pesto (a sauce made with basil, peanuts, oil and cheese), and other agricultural products of the inland.
After lunch the walk will end at the Abbey of San Fruttuoso, which is located in a small bay beneath a steep wooded hill. It can only be reached by sea or by hiking trails, there is no road access – it’s just amazing to see and go swimming in the crystal-clear sea.
A line boat will bring you back after a stop in one of the most famous spots of Italy: Portofino!
Transport on request. Just ask for a personalized quotation.
Lunch with local products: vegetable quiches, Bruschetta and Trofie al pesto -drinks excluded.
Line boat from San Fruttuoso to Santa Margherita Ligure.
A short journey around fairytale hamlets in the foothills below the Apuan Alps against the backdrop of the striking Monte Forato – a unique mountain with a large hole below its peak. You will walk through thick, age-old chestnut orchards and along century old watermills used for the production of sweet chestnut flour and other traditional crafts, rediscovering the enchantment of water and the wheel. In a hamlet you will enjoy a big variety of local delicacies.
This trekking excursion is a magnificent opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful rides through the Apuan Alps in one of Italy’s most famous natural parks. Here you can be at one with nature high up in the fresh air! On reaching the guide’s house set at the top of the hills above Versilia, you will be met by our fully qualified trekking guide internationally known for his long distance trekking adventures. You will enjoy a warm welcome in the farmhouse with a drink and short briefing on riding in the Alps. Then you will be shown your horse and taught to saddle up. You will begin if necessary with a short riding lesson in the paddocks before you ride off over mountain paths to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. For lunch you will go back to the guide’s house, gather round the fire and enjoy some genuine Italian home cooking….
Discover the Apuan Alps and their breathtaking scenery and panoramic views down to the sea with a ride on a mountain-bike.
What better way to enjoy the beauty of the Apuan Alps and learn about their historical and cultural past and present.
The itinerary (approx. 14 km uphill – maximum height above sea level 452 m.), includes a mixture of road and off the road riding along the old “marble road” opened by Michelangelo to carry the precious marble from the mountains to the sea and load it onto the ships at the docks in Forte dei Marmi. We shall take you into the heart of Versilia, along the river that gave its name to the land that has become so popular all over the world, and across the hills dominated by the marble quarries, featuring picturesque villages, Medici palaces and Roman churches. We will stop off at a local farm where you can sample their organic wine and products.
*And for those of you who prefer not to pedal the same excursion is available on a quad.
Techn. assistence with recovery of bike and people
Massacciuccoli Lake, famous for its opera house and Puccini, also offers a wide variety of flora and fauna peculiar to the setting. After a short walk up to the top of the hill where the Roman Venulei villa once stood to admire the panorama, we will walk back down and along the shore of the lake, stopping at the various hidden observation points to see the inhabitants: skimmers, waders, birds of prey … and with a bit of luck some of the newcomers to this freshwater lake such as Garganeys and Black-winged stilts. Then, on board your canoe you will experience the real feeling of the lake.
Professional environmental guide and expert canoeist
Lucca is one of the prettiest fortified cities in Italy, one of the very few walled towns that is still intact today. After a walk with our assistant in this fascinating town and a little free time in Fillungo, the main shopping street in the hearth of the town, we reach in the city centre of Lucca an amazing underground cellar with ancient stone vaults. With more than 4500 different labels this is one of the best Italian stocked wine cellars and one of the oldest ones too. This make it a fantastic backdrop for wine tasting and a great lecture about vines by the head sommelier. Let’s taste one local wine and the 3 best Tuscan wines: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Bolgheri, together with Italian cheeses, from Mozzarella to the spicy Gorgonzola.
Wine tasting are possible in every wine district – just ask us for tailor-made visits!
Private transport from Versilia and English speaking assistant
Tasting of typical wines & products in old cellars
Make your trip be unforgettable, for your palate too and focus on the marriage of food and wine.
The art of enjoying life may be not an Italian invention, but we Italians are definitely qualified masters in it. Relax, savour and enjoy: these words have a special meaning in this country. Taste fine wines with our sommelier, experience local dishes cooked by our chef specially for you.
Watch and learn or simply sip on your “aperitivo” before sitting at our table.
We come to your residence or we offer you our best locations.
You select the ingredients of your Italian taste experience, we carry out the complete organization with attention to the last detail and… Buon Appetito!
Contact us for custom tailored dinners and we will make your desires reality
Tuscany is not just about important brand-name wines, there are also many small winemakers with small estates who produce excellent, genuine wines with full earthy flavors as well as tasty oils.
These winemakers often grow vines to produce their own organic wine according to methods based on the natural potential of the plants, the soil and the cycle of the moon, without the use of chemical fertilizers. The result is “healthy”, “sturdy” wines that are a true expression of the land.
Your host will take you around the vineyards and the cellars and tell you all you want to know about organic farming. To finish you will enter the manor house - an 18th century, baroque style mansion and of course taste the wines, oil and selected local products.
The selected vineyard is on the way from Lucca down to the coast, offers a beautiful view of the walled town and can be combined with a visit to the city centre.
* Just contact us if you need a personal quotation for transport
** We can also arrange for you to take part in the wine or oil harvests
guided vineyard and cellars tour in English language, wine, oil and local products tasting
Is there any specialty of our Regional cuisine you fancy learning? Fish or meat? Our entertaining cookery lesson will teach you how to make the dough and the stuffing for the real “tordelli”. Hands on, roll out the pastry, cut them out and fill them up and they’re ready to cook..... Bruschetta with extra virgin olive oil, pizza, the real Sugo Bolognese or Tiramisù... This is of course a challenge, and not without risks! However, our cook will always save the day and anyway complete your full 3-course lunch or dinner for the evening with other local specialties.
*Please contact us for special childrens’ menus rates.
Ingredients for the menu to be refunded by the guests
The given rate is for 2 hrs employment. For each hour more please calculate 100 Euro.
You will visit one of the most amazing natural, hidden spots in Versilia. In the hearth of the Serra Valley we will bring you to the path which leads to the most famous natural pools, called Polle di Malbacco and Pozzo Della Madonna. Free time for you to relax, bath and swim into the fresh, clear water. At the agreed time we will pick you up. At the end of the visit you will enjoy a free walk in the historical village centre and an ice-cream in the local, appreciated Gelateria Mikos.
transport from/to railways station Forte Dei Marmi, assistance, ice-cream
Experience the Cinque Terre from the sea on a high performance regatta sailing boat equipped with all mod cons.
From the sea you get a unique view of how these charming villages perch literally on the edge of the coastal hills with all their beautiful colours which is why they are so famous. You will also be able to see how the coastline is terraced with vines as they have been for hundreds of years and the fishing villages such as Tellaro, Fiascherino and Le Grazie. The beautiful historical boats are still there as is the Roman villa at Varignano; the Portoro marble quarries; the WW2 canons and the convent at San Venerio which is the protector of the lighthouses as well as the hidden castles in the area known as Lunigiana.
Lunch on board with local products, focacce, oil, Luni wine and aniseed biscuits from Lerici.
High performance regatta sailing boat with professional skipper from Marina di Carrara
UP, UP AND AWAY! FLY OVER THE MOUNTAINS DOWN TO THE SEA
The Tuscan region can be enjoyed in many different ways - a very novel way is to see it from above by paraflying. This is not an “extreme” sport and anyone can enjoy this unique experience in total safety with an expert flyer. You will in fact be flying together with an instructor in a two-seater paraglider and you can even video your experience. After an initial briefing with your instructor including a short lesson on use, the wind and equipment you will take off on your flight. This will be 20-30 minute glide down to the valley to witness the changing vegetation, small mountain villages, the sea and, according to the weather conditions, even the leaning tower of Pisa from above. On completion of your first flight you will also receive a certificate and some pictures.
Canyoning is the only way to discover the hidden corners of paradise in rivers. It’s a mix of walking in water, sliding down natural water slides, jumping in clear springs, lowering yourself down waterfalls on a rope, catching a glimpse of unique species of animals and plants;
It’s also a mixture of lights, shapes, sounds and colours which are continuously changing due to the slow and relentless movement of water.
Modern materials and equipment, specific techniques and the watchful eyes of our guides enable us to say that today Canyoning is poetry and pure fun.
Average-high although no experience is required,
Also suitable for children from age 9.
Equipment supplied (Wetsuit, Helmet,Harness, Carabineers, Ropes - all equipment is certified for canyoning according to Italian law)
What you need to bring/know:
Running or trekking shoes (you have to walk in the water with them)
Take off all hand and arm jewerly
If you wear glasses, use a head band/string so you do not lose them (or bring an extra pair of contact lenses)
If you have long hair (past your shoulders), use a hair band to tie it back.
You will visit one of the oldest existing quarries with spectacular, breath-taking views. You will meet the quarrymen who will talk to you about the history of their work from the oldest quarrying techniques to the most modern and you will enjoy a test of the traditional specialties: Lardo di Colonnata, Candia wine and lots of quarry tales.
Visit the workshops where the artists create their works of art and watch the artists at work
We will take you to Pietrasanta, a charming medieval town where Michelangelo once sculpted, much loved by many international artists since such as Henry Moore, Mitoraj and Botero. Today the town, also known as the little Athens, is the centre for contemporary art. You will visit the workshops and see the process involved in making a piece of sculpture in stone or a mosaic in marble. You will also see the various stages in making a piece of sculpture including clay modeling, the preparation of plaster and wax moulds and the final bronze-making at the foundry.
To finish we will sip on an aperitif with local snacks in the cathedral square.
Guided visit to sculpture workshop and to bronze foundry
Since the earliest times Italian light and landscape have strongly attracted painters, poets and artists from all over the world. Even today many world-famous artists live and work in Italy, even today this country abounds in opportunities for cultural enhancement. Besides visiting Italian masterpieces in many Churches and Museums, we offer a choice of various activities, which enable the visitor to develop their own artistic skills while learning from specialized craftsmen or artists.
Learn the basics in antique furniture restoration, glass-making, mosaics, stone carving, mould-making, bronze casting and ceramics.
Refine your written expression in the stone carving diary course, by learning how to keep a journal of your experiences in Italy while carving marble.
Enjoy a guided visit of historical frescoes with an expert in the field and afterwards, in an artisan’s studio, learn the art of their creation. Before marvelling at Michelangelos’ David or Moses, make a guided visit to a marble quarry and learn how marble is extracted. A skilled craftsman will afterwards teach you the artistic working of marble, and let you better understand its qualities