Lucca, Pistoia and Prato

All tours on this holiday have now departed. Future departure dates will be confirmed in due course.

  • The gorgeous walled city of Lucca

  • Prato – Florence’s overlooked near neighbour

  • Pistoia – named after a lethal dagger

  • Pisa – with its world-famous Leaning Tower and Campo dei Miracoli

  • Two talks from acclaimed art historian, Clare Ford-Wille

This superb tour in the company of popular and erudite art historian Clare Ford-Wille takes us to three relatively unknown Tuscan gems – Lucca, Prato and Pistoia – as well as a rather more famous one, Pisa. All have a wonderful collection of art, mainly housed in beautiful Renaissance churches. Clare will ensure you see and appreciate the best they have to offer.


Day 1: Pisa
Fly from London Heathrow to Pisa and transfer to the city centre to see the wondrous collection of buildings in the Campo dei Miracoli and the art contained therein – the magnificent Duomo, Baptistry and, of course, the Leaning Tower, originally intended as the bell tower to the Duomo. Remarkably the buildings date back to the 11th century. Transfer to Lucca for check in. Welcome drink, lecture from Clare and dinner with wine at the hotel.

Day 2: Lucca
The walled city of Lucca contains a host of treasures. Our itinerary today includes a wealth of churches, including the Duomo di San Martino, San Michele in Foro, San Frediano, the Palazzo Guinigi and Villa Guinigi which houses the Museo Nazionale. Evening lecture and dinner with wine at the hotel. Please note today's visits will all be undertaken on foot.

Day 3: Prato
Florence’s near neighbour is largely overlooked by tourists but is a hidden gem with plenty to see in its historic centre. We will visit the 14th century Palazzo Datini, the 13th century Duomo which contains works by Lippi and Donatello, Santa Maria della Carceri and the Castello dell’Imperatore fortress built by Emperor Frederick II in 1237.

Day 4: Pistoia and home
Another undiscovered gem, Pistoia’s medieval citizens were known for violence, whose favoured weapon was a tiny dagger called a “pistoia.” It is a more peaceful town today with lots to see including the Duomo, 13th century hospital and orphanage, Ospedale del Ceppo and the churches of Sant’Andrea and San Giovanni Fuorcivitas. Return to Pisa Airport for the return flight to London Heathrow.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.


  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Pisa
  • Three nights’ bed and breakfast at the four-star Albergo Celide, Lucca, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • Two dinners with wine at the hotel
  • Two lectures at the hotel
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees
  • Clare Ford-Wille and tour manager throughout


  • Single room or double for sole use room supplement
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities


Albergo Celide, Lucca

The four-star Celide is located on the edge of Lucca’s historic centre, just outside the city walls. Offering a high standard of comfort and service, facilities include a bar, restaurant with outside terrace, small spa and very comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities.

Hotel Website

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