Escorted group holiday departing 6th October 2019 including 6 nights Half Board in Pontremoli and four guided excursions. Accompanied by Tony our experienced in-house Italy specialist.
Your escorted tour to Lunigiana in Northern Tuscany includes:
- Home pick-up and drop-off;*
- Return flights by British Airways from London Heathrow to Pisa;
- 23 kg checked baggage allowance;
- Private resort transfers on arrival and departure;
- Return transport for all included excursions;
- 6 nights’ accommodation at Cà del Moro in Pontremoli;
- Half Board plus:
- 2 glasses of house wine and mineral water served with evening meals per person;
- Guided day tours of:
- Malaspina Castle and Sarzana; and
- ATOL Protection.
Here at Cà del Moro you are surrounded by peaceful meadows and native trees in the comfort of this 4 star country house resort.
You will see either the golf course or the riverside from the large French window in your room as you unwind after a day of exploring Northern Tuscany. Relax within country inspired décor complete with wooden furniture made by a local craftsman, oak parquet floors and floral fabrics. Facilities include an LCD TV, telephone line, free Wi-Fi, individually-controlled cooling and heating system, safety deposit box and mini-bar.
This fully escorted and ATOL protected 6 night holiday (06-12 October 2019) is available from £1369.00 per person (based on two sharing a room).
Double rooms for sole occupancy are also available for an additional £100.
Other UK departure airports available (excludes home pickup/drop-off). International customers may book their own arrival/departure for a reduced holiday price.
Telephone 01276 600101 (Tues-Thurs) for more information or email [email protected]
* Home pickup/drop-off is only available to customers living within the zone shown on our Escorted Small Group Tours to Italy page.
Get a feel for the itinerary before you go
Lunigiana: Towns and Castles
In the morning we visit Mulazzo village, an important hamlet – one of the capitals of the Malaspina family who reigned in Lunigiana during the 13th century. Mulazzo was also famous for Dante, considered the most important Italian poet, who lived by the Malaspina.
Then we will move towards Lusuolo castle – built along an important road and in a strategic position – it was the seat of the soldiers of Florence. The t terrace offerings breathtaking panoramic view. Furthermore you can observe the different periods of building, beginning from the 11th century until the 17th century.
Lunch (not included) will be taken in a typical restaurant. Later in the afternoon we visit Filetto, a splendid medieval village – square in shape – now famous for its antique markets and medieval festivals. Then we will visit the small but beautiful Bagnone village with its squares, bridges and waterfall. A private castle dominates the hamlet and remembers the history of the Malaspina family.
Our tour ends with the visit of the Romanesque church Pieve di Sorano, which is in a strategic position along Via Francigena, the pilgrims route.
Pontremoli: Food and History
We start our tour with a visit to the historic centre of the town of Pontremoli. We stop at the heart of the town in the renowned Caffè degli Svizzeri. This historical café has been open for two centuries and keeps the secrets of some traditional cake recipes. Indulge yourself with some Amor (a type of biscuit filled with custard cream) or Spongata made with cocoa, dried fruits and spices. We continue our visit of the historic centre which stretches along the medieval pilgrimage route Via Francigena – also frequented in the past by traders and armies. The two main squares, Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza del Duomo, were divided by a fortified wall in the 14th century named: Fortezza di Cacciaguerra. The imposing central tower is still standing today and is known as il Campanone. We walk along the small medieval lanes that take us up to the Piagnaro Castle.
Piagnaro Castle stands in the oldest part of the town commanding the historic centre. The Museo delle Statue Stele Lunigianesi, located within the castle walls, houses a collection of fascinating archaeological findings from Tuscany. Mysterious stone statues, found all over the Magra Valley, date back to the Prehistoric Era and today stand out inside the dark rooms of the castle.
It’s now time for a cooking show by Agriturismo Filippi, who will show us the traditional cooking in “testi” (cast iron pots used to cook various local recipes). You will be tasting typical products accompanied by fine local wines. After lunch we will continue our visit stepping ahead in time to the Baroque, with an exclusive visit to a finely frescoed church or a private palazzo.
Fosdinovo: The Malaspina Castle (Lunch included)
In the morning we visit the Malaspina Castle of Fosdinovo, which stands to the north of Tuscany between the Alps and the Tyrrhenian coast.
The Castle is of great historical importance. The construction of the massive fortress, which looks like it was carved in stone, began in the second half of the twelfth century. The basic design of the Castle of Fosdinovo consists of a square with four round towers, a semicircular rampart, two internal courtyards, a central courtyard , patrol trenches above the roof, hanging gardens, galleries and an ancient defensive wall. Once protected by a drawbridge, the main gateway enters into a thirteenth century Romanesque style courtyard, framed at the base by marble columns supporting overhead arcades. From this small courtyard, where guns were once kept at the ready to defend the castle, rises a broad flights of stairs leading to a large central courtyard. The courtyard boasts an elegant Renaissance porch with stone columns and a beautiful sixteenth-century marble portal leading to the interior rooms of the castle. Next we enter the entrance hall, the dining room with a large fireplace and pharmacy ceramics from the 1600s, the throne hall, the Dante’s Chamber, the great hall and the trabocchetto (the trap room) with a torture room lying below!
Visit to Sarzana (without guide) in the afternoon.
Parma: Capital of Art and Gastronomy
Awarded the title of Italian Culture Capital in 2020, our itinerary allows you to discover all the secrets of its success.
We begin with a guided tour of Parma old town. Garibaldi Square contains a thirteenth century Town Hall and Governor’s Palace. In line with the majority of the town, this was modified during the eighteenth century by the French architect Alexandre Petitot.
Our walk continues towards the Cathedral Square, where there is the precious octagonal Baptistery of Benedetto Antelami. Between the epochs of two masters, the Romanesque part of the Cathedral was embellished by a sculpture of the “Deposition” made by Antelami, and the Renaissance decorations culminate with the magnificent cupola frescoe by Antonio Allegri – known as Correggio.
Then we explore the ancient churches dedicated to Madonna della Steccata and San Giovanni Evangelista.