- Visit to the Certosa di Calci and to Vicopisano near Pisa with tasting of extra virgin olive oil -
-CHARTERHOUSE OF CALCI, VILLAGE OF VICOPISANO & OIL MILL

Guided tour to the majestic charterhouse of Calci, the medieval village of Vicopisano and an olive grove with mill

Access to the complex of the Charterhouse of Pisa



Internal courtyard in the complex of Calci

 

Colonnato in the Charterhouse of Calci

The colonnato in an internal cloister of the charterhouse

 

Panoramic view of the Oil Farm near Vicopisano

A historical oil mill by Vicopisano

 

A view of the fortified village of Vicopisano

A fantastic day-tour to the rural attractions around Pisa

The rural area of the lower Valdarno, by Pisa, is full of unexpected art jewels like country churches, fortresses, castles and fortified villages, all streching along a chain of mountains called Monti Pisani. The most renowend product of this region is a delicious and unique extra virgin olive oil. Arianna & Friends arrange an exclusive full-day tour to the most beautiful attractions of the area.



THE CARTHUSIAN MONASTERY OF PISA

You meet our English speaking guide in Pisa or at an agreed meeting point and you get to the monumental monastery of Calci, just 10 kms from the town. The charterhouse was founded in 1366 by Carthusian monks and due to a Napoleonic Bill it was closed in 1808. Yet, monks lived there till 1972. Its central nave and its marble façade are marvellous examples of local 17th century Baroque. In the huge monumental building you will visit the sumptuous church, the internal cloisters and the gardens up to some cells where the monks used to live. The cells were very humble for regular monks and somehow "luxury" for monks of a higher rank. You will learn about the very severe habits of the daily lives of the monks and discover an unexpected jewel of rural art.

OLIVE OIL TASTING AT THE MILL

The tour goes on with the visit to a fascinating olive farm near the village of Vicopisano, just 20 minutes far from the monastery. The farm has got several acres of olive groves and produces some exquisite extra virgin olive oil. The production takes place directly here in a historical oil mill. On the farm we will visit all the premises, learn a lot about the olive oil production while walking along the groves and finally we will have a buffet lunch served during a guided tasting session of extra virgin olive oil. Lunch is made of all the products from the farm.

THE MEDIEVAL TOWN OF VICOPISANO

After lunch we will walk to Vicopisano, a spectacular medieval village, just 20 kms from Pisa, which is still surrounded by huge fortifications and many ancient towers dating back to the XII Century.
The use of building high towers was in fashion in the Middle Ages among wealthy families. The town is spotted with towers and crossed by little winding lanes leading up to an imposing fortress, built by Brunelleschi. The tour ends by the fortress, where you can admire a wonderful view over the valley.

Our day tour to the jewels around Pisa takes about 6 hours. Transportation to the locations is not included.

If you need collection with our chauffeured car, van or minibus, please specify this in the booking form.


 

One of the country churches in Vicopisano

Little lanes in Vicopisano


Vicopisano is surrounded by charming olive groves


The monumental façade of the Charterhouse of Pisa


Internal courtyard in the certosa

 

The main gates of the charterhouse complex

One of the medieval towers of Vicopisano.
Building high Towers was a sign of power in medieval Tuscany

 

 

The frontyard of the charterhouse





Rates and enquiries



PRIVATE TOUR TO THE CHARTERHOUSE OF PISA,
THE MEDIEVAL VILLAGE OF VICOPISANO
AND THE OIL MILL


- Rates 2014 -

Number of people
in your party
Total rate
1 person
€ 280
2 persons
€ 300
3 persons
€ 330
4 persons
€ 360
5 persons
€ 390
6 persons
€ 420
7 persons
€ 450
8 persons
€ 480
9 persons
€ 510
10 persons
€ 540
extra person
€ 30
child 4-12 y.o.
€ 10
DURATION OF THIS TOUR: 6 HOURS


RATES INCLUDE:


+ an English speaking tour leader for the whole tour
+ a visit to the Carthusian Monastery in Calci for about 1.5 hours
+ a visit to olive grove and the historical mill
+ a walking tour of Vicopisano
+ buffet lunch and guided tasting of extra virgin olive oil and other specialities from the farm
+ tax


RATES DO NOT INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION
For more info on transportation, please see the box below.


The tour leader is available also in German, Spanish, French, Russian or Italian
with no surcharge.

 

 


Transportation

Rates do not include transportation.

MORE ABOUT TRANSPORTATION FOR THIS TOUR
This tour takes place in the area of Calci, a rural context between Pisa and Lucca where little public transport is offered.
Here are the transportation options for you to reach the destinations of the tour.
1.
- CAR RENTAL
We can help you find the best car rental solution from your hotel, agriturismo or private villa. We will book your car and give you detailled road instructions to meet us for the tour. If you rented your car on your own we will give you just any necessary road instruction.
2.
- VESPA SCOOTER RENTAL
You can add some action to this tour! Rent a Vespa scooter from our garage in Pontedera and ride it throughout the tour. Our guide will meet you in Pontedera and you will follow him/her to the several destinations.
3.
- CHAUFFEURED CAR RENTAL
Enjoy all the comfort of a private driver collecting you at your location on a luxury van! We will arrange a chauffeured car service from any location in Tuscany for the whole day of the tour.





 




CARTHUSIAN MONASTERY OF CALCI, VICOPISANO AND OIL MILL TOUR IN TUSCANY

 

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