Ultimate Florence & Pisa - A Discovery Exclusive

11 hours | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | L I 1 - 1 5 5
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Points of Interest

  • Ponte Vecchio & Piazza Della Signoria
  • Church of Santa Croce
  • Duomo and Baptistery
  • Accademia (Academy of Fine Arts)
  • Uffizi Museum and Gallery
Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal, Strenuous activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you will visit:

Florence, Italy (walking tour)
Florence is one of Italy's most artistically significant cities and arguably the seat of the Renaissance. A walking tour includes all the major landmarks including Piazza Duomo Cathedral and Piazza Della Signoria as well the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge and the Santa Croce Church - the final resting place of such notables as Galileo, Machiavelli and Michelangelo.

Piazza Duomo Cathedral
Representing the wealth and power of the era, the Duomo, or "The Dome" took 14 years to build using a revolutionary method that was later copied for St. Peter's in Rome and St. Paul's in London. The fourth largest church in the world, the Duomo was consecrated in 1436. Fillipo Brunelleschi, master architect of the Italian Renaissance, designed the cathedral's green and white marble façade and magnificent dome. The doors on the east side were dubbed by Michelangelo as the "Gates of Paradise."

Piazza Della Signoria
The political heart of the city from the Middle Ages to the present day, this square, which sits in front of the Palazza Vecchio, or the "Old Palace" is in effect an open-air museum. Copies of some of the world's most renowned statues hold court in the Piazza Della Signoria, including Michelangelo's David.

Galleria dell'Accademia (Academy of Fine Arts)
One look at the crowd at the Accademia and you'll know there's something extremely special inside. What was once the world's first art school is now the home of one the greatest sculptures of all time - David by Michelangelo. While you'll see a replica of the statue in the Piazza della Signoia, the original is truly breathtaking. Sculpted between 1501 and 1504, it stands over 13 feet tall, and is spectacular in its the detail. Admiring the many works of Michelangelo, and other Renaissance masters.

Uffizi Museum and Gallery
As one of the oldest and most famous museums of the Western world, Uffizi Museum and Gallery is rivaled only by the Louvre in its collection of Renaissance masterworks. Originally, it was built to serve as administrative offices, but it now displays such notable works as Leonardo da Vinci's The Annunciation, Sandro Botticelli's The Birth of Venus and Rembrandt's self-portraits, to name just a few.

Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles)
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) is home of the famed Leaning Tower, which is actually the cathedral's bell tower, as well the duomo, the baptistery, the monumental cemetery and museums. Many people ask why it leans and what its original purpose was. The tower was meant to be the bell tower for the cathedral, but due to its faulty design and loose soil beneath it, it never fulfilled its purpose. The Leaning Tower of Pisa really is leaning! On the side where the tower is higher, it stands at 187.27 feet, and on the low side it stands at 186 feet.

What you will see along the way:
It's a scenic 90-minute drive from Livorno to Florence. Later, a relaxing ride through the countryside brings you to Pisa, one of Tuscany's most beautiful cities and the Leaning Tower.

Lunch:
Ride through the Tuscan countryside, stopping at a luxury restaurant to enjoy a delicious upgraded meal. A sample menu includes: A three-course meal of air dried salted beef carpaccio with rucola salad and parmesan cheese flakes, risotto with red chicory and smoked scamorza cheese, slices of beef with aromatic herbs and balsamic vinegar, golden potatoes and seasonal vegetables, fresh fruit tart, coffee.

Shopping:
A little time will be allotted for shopping in St. Croce Square.

Special Notes:

Please note, free time may be modified to adhere to local regulations and guidelines for COVID 19 protocols.

This tour will not operate on Mondays as the Accademia and Uffizi are closed.

This excursion is non-refundable and may not be exchanged once onboard ship. The tour may operate in reverse order.

The drive between Livorno and Florence is approximately 1.5 hours each way, subject to traffic conditions.

All sightseeing will be on foot, as motorcoaches are not allowed in the main center of Florence. Most of the sights are seen from the outside only. You may encounter considerable crowds and delays during peak season. This tour involves extensive walking over uneven surfaces. Not recommended for passengers in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

Please be aware that ongoing restoration work is often being carried out at the various venues.

Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for a guided tour of the Accademia

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
01:30
Time at site:
01:00
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
100
Restroom available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes

Guided walking tour of Piazza Del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. During the tour, you'll stop at a wholesale showroom specializing in discounted gold items.

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
01:45
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
1000
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Inside visit of the Uffizi museum and gallery

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
01:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Walking distance:
100
Restroom available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes

Gourmet lunch at a luxury venue in the Tuscan countryside

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
01:45
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
100
Restroom available:
Yes

Photo stop for the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
01:00
Time at site:
00:30
Inside visit:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Free time in Pisa

Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
00:45