Hotel Ristorante Le Rotonde

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Via Del Porto, Massaciuccoli, Lucca, Italy
Hotel Ristorante Le Rotonde
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Lucca to San Gimignano

by DianneTakahashi

I'm wondering: how would we get to San Gimignano by public transport from Lucca - and about how long would it take?

Re: Lucca to San Gimignano

by leics

You can take the train to Poggibonsi-S. Gimignano:

http://www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html

will give you times and fares in English. Journey takes around 2 hours, with one or two changes. Ordingary one-way fare 8.60 euros.

From Poggibonsi you need a bus to S. Gim (takes about 20 minutes). Timetable here:

http://www.sangimignano.net/bus/

Re: Lucca to San Gimignano

by cgf

Poggibonsi-S.Gimignano is not S.Gimignano's station (where there is no railways station and it's on top of a hill).
it's about 15 km far away, sure you could take a taxi and/or a bus, anyway [by public transport] it seems you have to go to Poggibonsi first.
Anyway *as a rule* if you had to take "not direct" public transport in Italy, you could waste your time waiting....

If I were you I would hire a car, from Lucca at early morning I'd go to S.Miniato (far 42km from Lucca) and then, about 35km, S.Giminiano. beatiful landscape.
if you will, from S.Giminiano you could go to Poggibonsi->Siena (46km) for the evening,maybe having dinner there, Siena is very beatiful at sunset/evening.
From Siena you'd better take the motorway to go back, with dark there is not much to see and in the evening and faster (not always during the day *in summer*)



p.s. I wrote that itinerary because I did it :-)

Re: Lucca to San Gimignano

by DianneTakahashi

Thank you, leics. We'll look forward to it.

Re: Lucca to San Gimignano

by DianneTakahashi

Thank you, cqf. I think this time we'll be doing it by public transport, but your itinerary sounds lovely, and I'll share it with a friend.

Travel Tips for Lucca

Piazza dell'Anfiteatro

by Helga67

A piazza not to be missed is the former Roman Amphitheater, which was built outside the walls in the 1st or 2nd century. On the remains of this Amphitheater houses were built.

Piazza dell'Anfiteatro is a lovely oval square with yellow houses. They mainly house cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating, and some shops. This square is off Via Fillungo and there are two or three gates to enter the square.

Old Villas around Lucca

by illudiumqh36

Near about Lucca there are several opened old villas. Those villas are usually open for wedding celebrations or other kind of important party. In spring and summer it's possible to visit the huge beautiful gardens and, in some of them, also the buldings.

The most famous are located a few kms North-East far from the centre (Villa Reale in Marlia, Villa Mansi in Segromigno and Villa Torrigiani in Camigliano).
You should ask the tourist office for opening time.

Have a picnic on the city wall

by Bigs

Lucca is surrounded by a complete city wall and you get some nice views over the city from there. On a sunny day it´s nice to have picnic there. Bring some Italian bread and some cheese....maybe a bottle of wine...and some time!! Perfect

Cathedral S Martino

by prleprle

This cathedral, Lucca's Duomo, founded in the 6th century by S. Frediano, has a 13th century façade decorated with sculpted pilasters of a variety of shapes and some very fine bas-reliefs. The entrance has beautiful carved arches and huge doors. Among the sights inside the dark cathedral, is the much valued Volto Santo (Holy Face), a crucifix that is believed to be an actual portrait of Jesus Christ and was said to have been carved by a friend of Jesus. Also here is the remarkable Tomb of Illaria del Carretto, a sculpture of the tomb of a young bride by Jacopo della Quercia. She was much loved, and when she died in childbirth, she was greatly mourned.

High Up

by BruceDunning

The two towers are a strong highlight of the city. From that vantage point, you can see all around and also see the impressive view of each of the other towers. Guinigi has trees grown on top, which apparently was a tradition in the old days. The tower is 140 feet high and 230 plus steps, but well worth it to see the 14th century masterpiece. Get in shape. The other tower is a bell tower as part of tower Del Ore, a clock tower. The clock works can be viewed on the way to the top. Great display of old time detail. It still works and the bells on top also make a lot of noise, especially when you are there. You can walk to the top of both. We did and it was well worth the steps for the view and awe. The original purposes of the towers was to keep watch on your neighbor so that he does not try anything sneaky, like overtake your place. That continued for 300 years until they had to band together to fight off other outsiders trying to take territory.
The price to go in to the top is 3.5 euro

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