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Summary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 9 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. If you plan to enter a religious or memorial site, shoulders and knees must be covered. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also recommended.
Restrictions Participants must be able to walk throughout the duration of the tour in Florence. Guests must be able to walk (with stops at points of interest) over paved and cobblestone surfaces for up to 2 hours and 30 minutes in Florence, and 50 minutes in Pisa. Many of the surfaces are uneven. There are steps at all locations visited on the tour, as well as many steep curbs. Guests with walking disabilities or who cannot keep up with their group should NOT participate in this tour. Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated. The minimum age to participate is 5 years of age.

Experience the Best of Florence and Pisa

Escape the crowded 50-person cruise line tours on this exclusive Best of Florence and Pisa tour. With a group size maximum of only 30 guests (and often less) you will enjoy a very personalized excursion experience.

At the beginning of your excursion leaving from Livorno, 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 Gonfaloniere 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 Florence and Pisa tour, 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.

4.5 Stars4.7 / 5  |  146 ReviewsReview This Tour
Excursion in Florence and Pisa
November 08, 2022
A great day and very well organized! I always recommend Shore Excursion Group to people looking for a more intimate experience when travelling on cruises!
Reviewer: Terrance Declare
5 Stars
Fabulous Guide
October 29, 2022
I don't remember her name but she was fabulous. She worked with the group really well and she was a wealth of knowledge of the area and very personable. Spoken English well also for us English speakers highly recommend both of these cities and the experience we had
Reviewer: Gina Monique Birkholz
5 Stars
Exclusive best of Florence & Pisa
October 22, 2022
Very fun tour, great tourist spot and happy going tour guide.
Reviewer: Merlita del Valle
5 Stars
AMAZING TOUR AND tour guide
October 07, 2022
Our tour guide was a super lady named Stephania. Her knowledge and passion of the area resonated thru the entire tour and had us all eager to hear every detail. She spoke clearly and loud enough to hear. She made sure we were together. Her pride in Italian history and ability to keep a pace that we could all keep up with made the excursion the best of the cruise.
Reviewer: Ken Seneschal
5 Stars
Great Tour, small group.
October 04, 2022
Our tour guide was knowledgeable, articulate, and fun.
Reviewer: Mario
5 Stars
Excellent! Excellent Excellent
August 11, 2022
First time “EVER” using this company!! Would HIGHLY recommend them! VERY PROFESSIONAL and so easy to use!! You can even call me or email me about my experience!! USA 307-630-7596 rodger.harder@laramie1.org
Reviewer: Rodger
5 Stars