November Workshop Free Day Activities
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Fall is beautiful time of year to enjoy the harvest in Tuscany.
Here are some wonderful activities on your November workshop free day.
Option 1: Visit Lucca
There is a small train from Aulla to Lucca which takes anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours.
Keep in mind we will be in Lucca on Saturday for the Antiques Fair.
The first train from Aulla Lunigiana to Lucca departs at 06:23. The last train from Aulla Lunigiana to Lucca departs at 22:33. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services. Alternatively, some popular routes may run throughout the night at a reduced frequency. There may also be less services on weekends and holidays; use the journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
Where to eat in Lucca:
ANTICO CAFFE DELLA MURA, £££
Piazzale Vittorio Emanuele 2, Lucca (00 39 583 47962). Go because it is so beautiful, but also visit for the typical Lucchese cooking including a soup made with farro (sweet wheat or speck in English, the world’s oldest grain and a Lucca staple), perfumed risottos, rocket salads, guinea fowl, rabbit and wild boar. Closed Tuesdays.
DA LEO, ££
Via Tegrimi 1, Lucca (00 39 0583 492 236). This very reasonable and very cheerful restaurant within the walls is bustling, friendly and fun.
RISTORANTE GIGLIO, £££
Piazza del Giglio 2, Lucca (00 39 0583 495 058). This is a classic restaurant by the theatre serving pasta. It is closed Tuesday evenings and Wednesdays all day.
What to see:
Going at a smart clip, you could "do" the tourist sites of Lucca in a day:
The Duomo San Martino, which houses among its treasures the Volto Santo, a wooden crucifix said to have been carved by Nicodemus and to have floated across the Mediterranean from the Holy Land (commemorated by a night-time procession in mid-September), Jacopo della Quercia's Tomb of Ilaria del Carretto, and Tintoretto's Last Supper.
Also see the riotous church of San Michele with its 19th-century add-ons, the small museum at the 'casa natale di Giacomo Puccini', best known of the 11 celebrated composers who Lucca claims as its own, the oval anfiteatro on the site of a Roman arena, the baroque gardens of Palazzo Pfanner (don't pay to go in, just peer down from the walls) and the Palazzo Guinigi with a tree sprouting from its tower.
Hire a bike from the tourist office, and you can a ride leisurely around the 4km of walls that surround Lucca within an hour.
Option 2: Explore Parma
Train is 1.23 minutes
Where to eat:
Via Conservatorio 1 - 43121 Parma
tel. +39 0521/234426
Strada Garibaldi 42
Phone number +39 0521 235606
What to see:
Teatro Farnesse - Teatro Farnese came to life as a rich man’s plaything, but it is highly significant in theatrical and architectural history since it is the prototype of the contemporary playhouse. It has a rectangular stage designed to house props for special effects and scenery that creates a perspective, with side wings and a proscenium arch at the front. The auditorium is made of wood with rows of seating. The walls are peppered with recesses housing ornamental pillars, arches, carvings and stucco statuary.
Parma was bombed heavily during World War II, causing many of the theatre’s fragile statues to collapse. The building was refurbished in the 1950s and any wooden replacements were left plain to distinguish them from the original wooden features, which are heavily decorated. What remains is delightful, as both a heritage site and a testament to the wealth of one of Italy’s most influential noble families and their capacity to innovate.
Teatro Farnese is open from 8.30am to 2pm Tuesday to Sunday. Admission costs €2. The theatre is not used to stage concerts or plays on a regular basis, but during the summer is used for one-off shows and exhibitions.
Where: Teatro Farnese, Piazzale della Pilotta 15, Parma, Emilia Romagna
Shopping: Let's buy some Prosciutto and Parmesan Cheese!
Option 3: Take a Hike
The loveliest routes are in the parks of the Lunigiana area. From the Apuan Alps to the Tosco-Emilian Apennines, you can explore breath-taking scenery. For mountain lovers, there is a whole range of sport and nature to enjoy.
Option 4: Hot Soak at Equi Terme
Equi Terme is located in Lunigiana, under the province of Massa Carrara.
The town is situated close to one of the most majestic peaks of the Apuan Alps, the so called "Pizzo d'Uccello". Equi Terme has an ancient history - dated back Roman times check out the Apuan hot springs at a thermal pool.
Option 5: Truffle Hunting Excursion
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