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The Hotel Plaza e de Russie offers the opportunity for an exclusive visit of a winery located on the hills of Lucca. A sommelier will take you throughout the tour, showing the ancient cellars and the characteristic “barrel” room, telling you the history of the vineyard and the farm with the explanation of the winemaking process from the grape harvest to the bottling. The tour will end with a wine and olive oil tasting accompanied by a selection of cold cuts and typical Tuscan cheeses.
Sail the crystalline waters of the Ligurian Sea on board an authentic fishing boat. With the fishermen, you’ll learn how to hoist the nets before tasting the catch of the day. On the way back, treat yourself to a delightful swim at Gombo beach in front of the magnificent Migliarino-San Rossore Regional Park.
Visit the house where Giacomo Puccini lived and wrote some of the world's most famous operas, such as "La Bohème", "Madame Butterfly" and "Turandot". The veranda decorated by painters of the "Macchiaioli" artistic movement, with whom the opera composer maintained friendly relations, is remarkable, as is the living room, which contains an original Foster piano from 1911 used by the maestro to compose his unforgettable melodies. Concerts featuring some of the most popular arias from his famous operas are performed in this magnificent setting.
The world-famous Carnival of Viareggio is one of the most important carnivals in Europe. The museum in Viareggio traces the origin and history of the carnival, and has a splendid collection of giant papier-mâché puppets, including "La Ballerina", which stands more than fifteen meters high. You can participate in a workshop with a papier-mâché master, and create a figurine with your own hands.
Discover the truffle in all its forms. A unique experience to be relished in the company of a professional guide and his truffle dogs. You will learn to recognize the different species of trees in whose shade the precious black and white truffles hide.
Discover the famous marble quarries in which Michelangelo and Canova sculpted their works. In the Fantiscritti quarry, you will witness how blocks are cut from the pristine mountain. Continue your visit at the adjoining museum to discover the history of this rock used by the greatest Italian sculptors. You will have the opportunity to observe artists at work in the museum's studio. In a 4X4, a guide will take you to the top of one of the highest quarries, which culminates at 3,280 feet. A stop is planned to let you savor the famous Lardo di Colonnata, the result of slow-curing in a marble basin along with a mixture of salt, aromatic herbs and spices.
Soak up the old-fashioned atmosphere of Viareggio on a pleasant stroll through the city. The itinerary starts at the Plaza e de Russie, the first hotel built on the Viareggio waterfront in 1871, and continues along the promenade lined with Liberty-style buildings decorated with precious glazed ceramic tiles, magnificent examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Italy.
Embark on a catamaran and discover the cetacean sanctuary located in front of Viareggio. Under the watchful eye of a biologist, you can meet these magnificent mammals. You will get to know their habits while respecting the environment in which the dolphins thrive.