home in Celle is
only a few minutes' drive
away, and you can see where he composed the aria "Nessun
Dorma" from the opera "Turandot" made
famous by Pavarotti and more recently by Paul Potts ...
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cosmopolitan city of Lucca with its
ancient oval amphitheatre, exquisite
architecture and fully intact 'Walls'
can be reached in
under 30 minutes.
This beautiful city may be easily explored on
foot, bicycle or even by hiring a tandem!
not climb the inspirational "Torre Guinigi"
- the tower with a tree on top - for fabulous
rooftop views over Lucca, or visit the
beautiful gardens of the "Palazzo Pfanner?
serene "Duomo San Michele" is also
worth a visit before stopping to relax and
enjoy a drink or a meal at one of the many
open-air cafés in the historic "Piazza
Pisa is less
than an hour
away. See the 'leaning tower' before it falls
- Now re-opened and with the scaffolding
removed at last, it makes an interesting climb,
and the panoramic view from the top is
Access to the tower is by 'timed tickets'.
- This keeps
groups small, avoids any queuing and gives you
a chance to try the excellent café opposite
whilst you are waiting for your turn!
miss the beautiful "Duomo di Pisa",
next door to the tower.
Fabulous Florence, one of the finest cultural centres in
only an hour and a half
away. Ranked 21st in 2011 and now rising to
12th in 2012 on Trip
Advisor's Travellers' Choice Top 25 Destinations in the
If it's your first visit to the city
don't miss the "Duomo di Santa Maria del
Fiore", the "Ponte Vecchio" and the "Galleria degli Uffizi",
home of "Michaelangelo's David",
amongst other famous works.
can also book a guided tour of the "Corridoio
Vasariano", a secret passage between the
Uffizi and "Palazzo Pitti" that runs
along the "Ponte Vecchio".
- Over a
kilometre long, and lined with paintings, this
was built so that the Medici family didn't have
to mingle with the 'common folk' in the street going
between their palaces!
may also wish to visit one of their many Villas
outside Florence at Castello - "Villa la
Petraia", has terraced gardens and a glass
covered courtyard with 17th century
you are tired of the usual tourist stops try
the Salvatore Ferragamo Shoe Museum above their
store in Via Tornabuoni, which has shoes and
lasts of Hollywood's most famous feet and the
story of Ferragamo.
- There are also several
other designer shops in the area.
nearby attraction, the "Ponte
della Maddalena" - better known as
"Ponte del Diavolo" or "Devil's
Bridge" - is
less than 20 minutes away.