The discovery of our territory’s natural treasures, visits of Tuscany’s art towns, tastings of typical products and renowned wines in local cellars, boat trips to the Gulf of Poets’ islands, excursions to the marble quarries, trekking on the Apuan Alps, luxury shopping and many activities for the little ones. These are only some of the activities we have chosen for you! Contact our staff for more information, prices and reservations. All excursions and trips count on guides who speak English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Russian.

Boat trip to Portovenere, Lerici and the Poets’ Gulf

Whether you are a couple longing for romance, or a family searching for fun, this day boat trip will allow you to discover the Ligurian Riviera di Levante (East coast) with the Poets’ Gulf, Portovenere, Lerici and the poetic Cinque Terre. On a private boat, you will avoid the annoying crowd of tourists and the consequent long queues you always have when boarding on public ferries.

Excursions to marble quarries and visits to marble workshops

Try to discover the secrets of Carrara’s white marble, the stone Michelangelo used to sculpt his famous David. Following the road that once was the marble railway, among bridges on the Vara river and very narrow tunnels dug directly into the rock, you will explore some of the most beautiful quarries in the area, including Fantiscritti Cave Museum, a unique testimony of the hard work that allowed over the centuries the extraction of the most famous marble in the world. You can also visit a modern sculpture workshop to discover how a marble statue is made nowadays.

Discovering Lunigiana and its castles

Pontremoli and Ponticello, Gragnola and Castel dell'Aquila, Fivizzano and Equi Terme, Fosdinovo and the Malaspina Castle: a one-day trip, together with our guide, to discover Lunigiana’s rich cultural, natural and environmental patrimony. A territory that is not much touristic, but really fascinating and mysterious, where you can find thousand-year old testimonies, such as the statues of Luni, apotropaic figures of the Neolithic period. During your excursion, you can stop and taste some typical dishes such as torte d’erbi e funghi (chard and mushrooms pies), panigacci and testaroli that you can eat with local meat and cheese, drinking excellent regional wines.

The beauty of our cities of art

Thanks to its privileged position, less than an hour's drive from everything, Villa Gilda is the ideal starting point to visit some of the most prestigious art towns in Tuscany: Pietrasanta, Lucca, Florence, Pisa but also Sarzana in Liguria, are easy to reach from our Villa. Our van will drive you, and an expert guide will show you their architectural and artistic treasures, and will let you taste some exclusive recipes that belongs to that food tradition that the whole world envies us.

Tasting in a cellar

Here are two excursions we have organized for all those who love good wine. The first one lets you discover the village of Bolgheri in Maremma and its cellars that are renowned all over the world as the producers of Super Tuscan wines. There, you will have the chance to taste wines such as Vermentino di Bolgheri, Ornallaia and even the very famous Sassicaia. The second excursion will bring you closer, in Liguria, to Ca' Lunae winery, an estate just outside Sarzana that produces excellent white wines and also hosts a characteristic museum dedicated to wine material culture. After the visit to the winery, an aperitif will be served with tasting of some of the most important wine labels. From September on, you will also have the chance to visit the Guiccardini Strozzi Cellar in San Gemignano. This 530 hectares estate dates back to the year 994 and is one of the oldest abodes in Italy. In addition to wine tastings, according to the season, they also organize truffle hunting.

Cavern tour

Two excursions will let you discover the underground world hidden inside the Apuan Alps; together with an expert guide, you can admire two speleological complexes: Grotta del Vento, the first ever explored in high Versilia, and of the Antro del Corchia, the deepest cavern in Europe. Both excursions are ideal also for children, as in both caves you find comfortable cemented paths, lightened by spotlights.