- 08:00 Meet the driver and move to Pisa
- 08:45 Pisa and Miracoli court
- 09:30 Departing to Florence
- 10:45 Florence view from Michelangelo square
- 11:00 Accademia Gallery with your reserved admission tickets
- 12:15 Central Piazza della Repubblica and time for lunch
- 15:45 Departing to Livorno port
- 17:00 Arrive at the ship
Probably Tuscany’s most famous cities, Florence and Pisa can be visited in one day on our carefully designed chauffeur-driven private shore excursion, by luxury minivan, available from the ports of Livorno and La Spezia, during which you will experience some of the most awe-inspiring landmarks in Italy.
To get the most from your shore excursion, an early start is recommended. Leaving directly from your cruise ship, you will soon be in the heart of Pisa, driving along its stunning river bank, catching glimpses of ancient churches and medieval tower houses, winding through the city’s narrow cobbled streets, before arriving at what is probably the most famous square in the world, Piazza dei Miracoli, the site of the Leaning Tower, the 12th-century bell tower for which Pisa is so renowned. A short stop here will also allow you to take in the incredible Pisan-Romanesque architecture of the Cathedral, and the circular Baptistry, all standing proudly together in this historic World Heritage site. The more energetic may want to take the challenge of climbing the 296 steps to the top of the Tower of Pisa for an original view of the surrounding Piazza (advance reservation necessary).
From Pisa, your excursion continues to Florence, capital of the region of Tuscany and a treasure trove of art and architecture whose wonders you will admire for the first time from the glorious viewpoint at Piazzale Michelangelo. Don’t forget to look for the beautiful Romanesque church of San Miniato a Monte which stands above the square, overlooking Florence.
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 without a doubt 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.
Your driver will make a first stop in Piazza Santa Croce where you can spend a short time browsing the leather stores or exploring Santa Croce church, where Michelangelo, Galileo and other illustrious Italian figures are buried. Then drive further into the very heart of Florence where you will be dropped to explore the Tuscan capital further on your own. If you wish, you may choose to stay with your private van to drive between your chosen sites around 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, while shopping fans will find plenty of tempting stores, from designer labels to local crafts – just let your driver know what you are looking for.
Our private shore excursion to Pisa 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.
Your drive back to the port of Livorno will take about 1h 30m (about 2h to La Spezia)
- Duration: 9 hours
- Max pax: 8
- smart driver+full comforts vehicle
- Sedan Price: 480,00
- Mini van Price: 510,00
- Van Price: 560,00
- smart driver / qualified guide + full comforts vehicle + 3 hours guided tour of Florence
- Sedan Price: 610,00
- Mini van Price: 680,00
- Van Price: 700,00