- 09:00 meet the driver and move to Lucca
- 10:00 Lucca Napoleon Square (meet the guide)
- 12:00 Departing to Florence
- 13:15 Florence time for lunch (meet the guide - Accademia or Uffizi)
- 16:00 departing to La Spezia
- 17:15 arrive at the ship
This private shore excursion offers an opportunity to combine Florence, the capital city of Tuscany, with the charms of Lucca.
Leaving directly from your cruise ship in the port of La Spezia, the drive to Lucca takes just over an hour. The medieval treasure of Tuscany, Lucca is entirely enclosed within its sturdy city walls. Elegant and immaculately-kept, the city possesses an endless number of striking churches including the Cathedral of San Martino and the dazzling San Michele. Its many piazzas include the delightful square once the site of a Roman Amphitheatre, and the wider Piazza Napoleone opened up by Napoleon’s sister, Elisa. You will also have a chance to see the charming tree-lined avenue along the top of the city walls, and the Fillungo, Lucca’s main shopping street with its cobbles and carefully-preserved old shopfronts.
After a couple of hours in Lucca, you will proceed to Florence, a drive of about 1h 15m. Capital of the region of Tuscany, Florence is a treasure trove of art and architecture. Once in the heart of the city, top of the list for first-time visitors to Florence will no doubt include the Ponte Vecchio – the bridge over the Arno fortunately spared by the WWII bombings and famous for its traditional jewellery stores -, and the marble-clad Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence’s cathedral (known simply as the “Duomo”) with its astonishing gravity-defying Cupola.
In the same square stand two other masterpieces – the recently-restored octagonal Baptistry, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, and the soaring 14th-century Bell Tower designed by the celebrated painter and architect Giotto di Bondone, one of the founders of Italian Renaissance architecture. Another must-see is Michelangelo’s sculpture of David, the giant white marble statue of the biblical hero which the artist began when he was only 26. The original stands in the Accademia gallery (ask us to make a reservation for you), but you can also see a copy of Michelangelo’s masterpiece in Piazza della Signoria, another landmark stop on your visit to Florence.
Of course, no excursion to Tuscany would be complete without a taste of local Tuscan cuisine and your private driver will be happy to recommend a local Florentine restaurant to suit your tastes and budget. Food-enthusiasts might also like to visit the Mercato Centrale, the fascinating indoor food market of Florence.
As you leave Florence for La Spezia, you will make a short stop at Piazzale Michelangelo where you can enjoy the fabulous view of the city. Don’t forget to look for the beautiful Romanesque church of San Miniato a Monte which stands above the square, overlooking Florence.
Your drive back to the port of La Spezia will take about 1h 50m
Our private shore excursion to Lucca and Florence is designed to help you to experience the best-known and most significant sights, but we are happy to tailor-make your itinerary to suit your own tastes and interests (within the limits of the time available, of course!). The excursion can also be combined with a private guided walking tour of Florence with a licensed guide.
- Duration: 10 hours
- Max pax: 8
- smart driver+full comforts vehicle
- Sedan Price: 510,00
- Mini van Price: 570,00
- Van Price: 600,00
- smart driver / qualified guide + full comforts vehicle + 3 hours guided tour of Florence
- Sedan Price: 630,00
- Mini van Price: 690,00
- Van Price: 720,00