Exclusive Best of Florence and Pisa
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Experience the Best of Florence and Pisa
Escape the crowded 50-person cruise line tours on this exclusive Best of Florence and Pisa shore excursion. With a group size maximum of only 30 guests (and often less) you will enjoy a very personalized Livorno excursion experience.
At the beginning of your Livorno excursion, you will be met by your driver after a short shuttle ride from the pier, and then climb aboard your air-conditioned vehicle for the 30-minute drive to Pisa.
Upon arrival in Pisa, you will walk from the parking area to the Field of Miracles, where you will have free time for photos. The walk is approximately 15-20 minutes each way. You will have approximately 1 hour in Pisa to see sites like the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral, and the Baptistery on your own. Admission to the sites is not included in the price of your tour.
Your guide will then lead you to your transportation and bid you farewell before you and your driver depart to Florence. As you leave the flat plains near the sea, you will start to drive through the rolling hills of Tuscany.
Upon arrival in Florence, you will drive to the city's historical area, which is predominately pedestrian. During your first stop on your walking tour, you will be able to view the Piazza del Duomo. The Florence Duomo is dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore and is typical of Italian Gothic architecture. Arnolfo di Cambio designed the present building. The Cupola remained unfinished, and was finally completed in 1436. It is the most characteristic feature of the Florentine skyline, symbolizing a great cultural tradition and the city's civic awareness. You will also see the outside of the Baptistery adjacent to the Duomo.
You will continue your walking tour at the Piazza della Signoria, which has been the political heart of the city from the Middle Ages to the present day. The piazza is named after the most important monument there, Palazzo della Signoria, designed in 1298-99 for the seat of the Republican government and which was later to host the Gonfalonier of Justice and the Priors of the Arts.
Close by the Piazza della Signoria you will visit the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge, which crosses the Arno at its widest point. It dates back to Roman times and has been re-built on several occasions. After the flooding of 1333, it was re-constructed with a double row of shops, passing from a defensive type of architecture to the current public one. In 1565, the east-facing Vasariano Corridor above the shops was built and the back-shops were added in the 17th century, giving the bridge its modern-day structure.
You will then have approximately 45 minutes to have a quick lunch on your own or do a little shopping.
After the break, you will have a quick visit to the Square of Santa Croce (Holy Cross), one of Florence's largest squares, and traditionally one of the city's main arenas for ceremonials and festivities. At the far end, you will be able to see the exterior of the Basilica of Santa Croce, one of the largest churches in the city, and the burial place of many of Florence's most illustrious citizens including Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Vittorio Alfieri, and Gioacchino Rossini.
Please Note: If fewer than nine people are on your Livorno excursion, you will travel in a small vehicle and your tour will be led by a guide who is also your driver. If more than nine people are on your tour, you will travel in a van or minibus that will include a separate driver and a guide for the Florence touring portion. Crowds are to be expected at all sites.
Reviewer: Sue Williams
Katia was by far our most fantastic tour guide!!! We were on tours in different countries every day and while all the tours were great we didn’t realize until the end how magnificent she was! I wish we had tipped her more!!! The entire experience was for sure better because of her and her commentary ! Thank you Katia!!!
Reviewer: Cesario Huerta
We were able to visit the major landmarks in Rome with ease without feeling rushed. The tour guides took care of us to ensure we heard their every word and were able to locate them in case we lost the group. All of our needs were met and it was very educational. There is so much to see in Rome and i felt like we saw it all and then some.
Reviewer: Cesario Huerta
Florence is a beautiful city and never ceases to amaze each time I visit. Our tour guide Stefania was amazing and went above and beyond when my daughter left her cell phone on the tour bus. She was able to communicate with us and ship the phone to our home address which was a major relief aside from being an amazing tour guide to Pisa and Florence
We had a chance to go to Florence and Pisa and be driven by Antonio, he decided to the side roads instead of expressway. he was very friendly.
Reviewer: Eva Gompers
We had a rainy day for our tour to Pisa and Florence but it was still beautiful. We were met by our tour guide, Kathia, at the port and we left on time. First stop, Pisa. Its a 20 minute walk from the parking lot to the actual tower, several people were unable to do so and waited at a cafe. The tower does lean and the church next door is beautiful, we never went inside because you had to pay for it. It was a beautiful hour drive to Florence. Amazing city. Wish we had more time there but we got to see alot. Had time for lunch in a small restaurant recommended by our tour guide. It was wonderful! Kathia was a knowledgeable and fun tour guide. I highly recommend taking this tour. We had a great day, only wish we had more time in Florence.