If you would like to learn more about the life of Maestro Andrea Bocelli, visit his places of origin, and discover the hidden gems of Tuscany, the Bocelli Countryside Escape is the perfect shore excursion for you! You will visit the medieval village of Volterra, discover Lajatico, the hometown of the tenor, and stroll around Pisa and its magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli. But there is more: this shore excursion will allow you to enjoy a unique Tuscan gastronomic experience as you will participate in an exclusive wine tasting and a delicious typical lunch.
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As a first stop, your Bocelli Countryside Escape Tour will take you to Volterra, a little town famous for its well-preserved Roman Theater and its alabaster workshops. You will then move on to picturesque Lajatico, the village where Maestro Andrea Bocelli was born and where you will find the evocative Teatro del Silenzio, where the tenor holds his annual concert. You will visit the Bocelli family vineyards and participate in a tasting of their fine wines at Officine Bocelli. After a tour of the Bocelli Museum and an appetizing Tuscan lunch, you will depart for Pisa, where you will visit the beautiful Piazza dei Miracoli before returning to your drop-off location.
Step into a comfortable, air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz and be chauffeured to Volterra, the first destination of your Bocelli Countryside Escape Tour. Your private English-speaking driver will pick you up at the ports of Livorno or La Spezia and will be at your complete disposal for the entire duration of this amazing Tuscany Countryside Shore Excursion.
Your adventure begins in Volterra, a medieval town that offers breathtaking views. As you walk through its quaint streets, you will notice the many craft stores and alabaster workshops for which the town is so famous, and you will feel the charm of its past as you admire its buildings and one of the best-preserved Roman-era jewels in Italy: the Roman amphitheater.
Your Bocelli Countryside Escape Tour continues to Lajatico. Located in the province of Pisa and nestled on a hill, this small town is the birthplace of Maestro Bocelli and home to the striking Teatro del Silenzio. The natural open-air theater is embellished with works of art of international artists and every July hosts the annual concert of Andrea Bocelli, its honorary president, which attracts fans from all over the world. When you breathe in the atmosphere of this place, you will understand why Andrea Bocelli chose it for one of his most important events.
Lajatico is also home to the Bocelli family estate, which has been winemaking for nearly three centuries and producing goods such as olive oil and honey. You will have the opportunity to take a tour of their vineyards, discovering more about the winemaking process, and to taste their wines. In fact, a member of the Bocelli family will welcome you at Officine Bocelli and take you on a guided tasting of their whites and reds before leaving you to visit the Museum, located in the same building.
The Bocelli Museum is a magical place for the fans of the great tenor. Inside you can retrace the Maestro's successes, observe the photos of his most important events, and get excited by looking closely at the costumes used on stage, his musical instruments, and other objects capable of telling the story of the artist. Before leaving for Pisa, it is a good idea to refresh yourself: a delicious lunch of Tuscan flavors will be waiting for you at the Officine Bocelli Restaurant. Buon appetito!
After a delicious lunch, you will visit the beautiful city of Pisa. Although it is known worldwide for the Leaning Tower, the city offers many historical and artistic sights, and many of them are located right next to the tower. In fact, you will visit Piazza del Duomo, also known as the Square of Miracles, that will captivate you with its Baptistery, the Campo Santo, which is a monumental cemetery, the Cathedral, and its bell tower, which is the Leaning Tower itself!
Your extraordinary shore excursion across the Tuscany countryside concludes as your private English-speaking driver takes you back to your cruise ship departure point at the port of Livorno or La Spezia. You will bid farewell to your shore excursion glad to have had a unique experience among the art, culture, and gastronomy of Tuscany!