- 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 Central Piazza della Repubblica
- 16:00 Departing to Livorno port
- 17:15 Arrive at the ship
Pisa and Florence explore Florence on your own
Probably Tuscany’s most famous cities, Florence and Pisa can be visited in one day on our carefully designed private shore excursion, 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 representation of the biblical hero in white marble 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 leave you in the most central square Piazza della Repubblica near the Savoy Hotel. You agree with him for the afternoon meeting point near the hotel at the suggested time of 4pm.
A relaxing drive back to the port let you arrive at the ship at 5.15pm
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.