Days Out: Lucca, Massa-Carrara & Pistoia

Botanical Gardens of Lucca
From November to the end of March the park is only open for bookings. From April to the end of Oct the park is open every day from 10 a.m. Closing times vary. Phone for confirmation.
Nature excurisions to Lucca shore and Massaciuccoli Lake, the Penna Mountain, Botanical gardens and Serchio River Park. Courses of environmental awareness for children and adults in Italian, English and French.
Antro Del Corchia
Corchias cavern. Marble caves on the southern slope of the Corchia Mountain (1678 ms). Guided tours available in July, August and first half of September from 10:00 - 17:00. At Via IV Novembre 70, Levigliani di Stazzema (LU).
Torture Museum
The Museo della Tortura in Volterra. Open daily from 10:00 to 19:00. At 5 Piazza XX Settembre, Volterra (PI).
Cava 177
Tours of a working quarry in the Carrara Marble area. Monday to Friday from 14:00 - 18:30. Weekends from 10:00 - 18:30. Contact Marco for more information.
Fosdinovo Adventure Park
Adventure park with more than 50 different obstacles and 200 meters of zip-wires. Mountain biking and Bungee Trampolining also available. At Via Cucco, Fosdinovo, 54035 (MS). Open March to October.
Kayak Trips on Massaciuccoli
Courses and excursions in kayaks on Lake Massaciuccoli with Circolo Kayak Airone. 10 single kayaks and 1 Canadian kayak available for use. Maximum of 20 people. Trips last 3-4 hours. At Via di Montramito San Rocchino, Viareggio (LU).
The Grotte di Equi Natural Park
Caves of natural and prehistoric interest. Open from July to September 10:30 to 19:00. Open at night around the 15th August. Visits on request from October to April.
Lucca Quad
Morning and afternoon trekking tours. Drive your own quad or be driven through the Apennine mountains. Minimum 3 quads per trek. Call or email to book. At San Cassiani do Controne, Bagni di Lucca (LU).
Canalini Marble Laboratory
A marble laboratory where it is possible to take a tour and watch the rock being treated and sculpted. There is also a shop with the finished products for sale. Groups welcome. Via Carriona 228, (MS)
Fucecchio Natural Reserve
One of the biggest inland marshes in Italy. Saturday morning guided visits in English in July. Also evening visit on a full moon. Booking is required.
Viareggio a Forte dei Marmi
Natural areas on the coast protected by the World Wildlife Fund organisation around the Viareggio region.
Summer trips from Versilia to Cinque Terre
A trip by boat to the Cinque Terre (La Spezia) from Versilia. Leaves from the tourist port daily. Places must be booked 24 hours in advance. Large number accommodated.
Parco delle Alpi Apuane
Natural park of the Alpi Apuane mountain area. Guided visits, walking tours and bike trails. At via del Greco 11, Seravezza.
Oasi L.I.P.U
Visits and bird watching on the lake. Workshops for children at Massaciuccoli, Massarosa. Via del Porto 6,
Doganaccia 2000
Adventure park offering horse-riding, paragliding, mountain-biking, orienteering, fishing and suspended forest adventure. Open 10:00 to 18:00 May to Sept. At: 6 Via dei Cacciatori, 51024, Loc. Doganaccia, Cutigliano (PT)
Personal shopper, wedding planner and personal concierge. Customized services to clients on holiday or on business in Versilia. At 372 Via Maroncelli, 55049 Viareggio (LU).
The Old Mill at Arlia
Exhibition on the mills of Lunigiana. A tourist-educational structure, managed by Legambiente and Cooperativa lOspitale including an exhibition on the mills of Lungiana and a chance to see to the water-driven production of meal. Guided Tours for grou
Garfagnana Adventures
A company specialising in Mountain Bike, Cycling and Trekking tours in Garfagnana and Tuscany for individuals, families or groups. Loc. Ca dei Grisanti, Pontecosi, Pieve Fosciana, (LU)
Massaciuccoli Trips
Boat excursions on the lake Massaciuccoli. Bird watching tours at Torre del lago Puccini.
CETUS Viareggio
Day long whale and dolphin watching trips in the Pelagos sanctuary with the only Tuscan licenced guide. From 6 to 20 in boat with lunch provided. From Piazza Palombari dellArtiglio, Viareggio (LU).
Grotta del Vento
One, two or three hour tours to discover stalactites and stalagmites, polychrome flowstone, alabaster curtains and crystal-brimmed lakes at Grotta del Vento, 55020 Vergemoli.
Villa Puccini
Tours of the residence and final resting place of composer Giacomo Puccini. Open year round. See website for times. At 266 Viale Puccini, Torre del Lago Puccini (LU).
Pistoia Zoological Gardens
Home of over 600 animals including about 65 species of mammals, 40 species of birds and 30 of reptiles. Open every day - Monday to Saturday 9:00-18:00 Sunday until 19:00 at 160 Via Pieve a Celle, 51030 Pistoia (PT).
Parco della Versiliana
The park half water, half land, covers 80 hectares and is one of the last remnants of the ancient costal forest. Guided tours available.
Parco Pitatgora
Play park for children. Open all year. Oct to May from 10:30 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 19:00 and June to August from 10:00 to midnight. At: Via Aurelia corner of Via Pitagora, Lido di Camaiore (LU).