Guide to: Pisa and Lucca
Going to Pisa and driving on the FI-PI-Li it’s possible to arrive to Collodi and visit the wonderful “Parco di Pinocchio”. Exit: Chiesina Uzzanese and follow direction to “Pescia – Collodi”.
It is possible visiting Pisa (141 km, 1h 54 minutes from Bucine) taking the Perugia-Siena-Florence, towards Siena and exit at Poggibonsi Nord. Then follow the signs for Empoli and just before taking the FI-PI-LI exit at Pisa. Pisa is rumored to have been founded by the Achaeans immediately after the "Trojan War". Closely linked to the image of the Madonna (present on medieval coins) is a beautiful city in which only the "Piazza dei Miracoli" would be enough but instead it's full of so many monuments and pieces of the history of a glorious past.
Leaving Pisa it's possible to go to Lucca (21 km) proceeding along the state road 12 (SS12 follow the signs to Lucca), no fee. Lucca was founded in 180 A.C., as a Romanesque town before becoming the capital of the Lombard Duchy of Tuscia. In the sixth century and then, in the eleventh century it’s been Municipality and then Republic. Intact are the "walls" that surround it. Just to mention some monument, remember the "Palazzo Ducale" (1370), the "Torre dell’Orologio" (XIII century) and the "Cattedrale di San Martino" (1070). For fans of comics, Lucca is home (at the end of October and beginning of November) of the famous "Lucca Comics". Event recognized worldwide.
For info: www.luccacomicsandgames.com
To return to Bucine taking the highway towards Florence and from Florence towards Rome and exit at Valdarno.