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Livorno: Florence and Pisa Shore Tour

1. Livorno: Florence and Pisa Shore Tour

After disembarking from your cruise ship and being greeted at the pier by your guide, you will make your way to Pisa. Upon your arrival at Pisa, your first visit will be to the cathedral complex in the magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli. It is a large square which is home to the Leaning Tower, the Baptistery, and the beautiful Cathedral. There you can see with your own eyes the incredible tower that was designed as a bell tower for the neighboring cathedral, which would have stood 185 feet high. There are 297 spiral-staircase steps inside the tower leading to the top. If you wish to climb the tower, don't hesitate to ask your guides to reserve the skip-the-line admission. Your tour in Florence will begin as you visit the Piazzale Michelangelo terrace, which portrays a glorious panorama of the city. Once in the old-town pedestrian center, you will encounter the immense Cathedral of S. Maria del Fiore. This Cathedral is one the major attraction for tourists, and is one of the largest churches in Italy. Until the modern era, the dome was the largest in the world. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed, thanks to the genius of Brunelleschi who completed it in 1432. Moving on, you will see Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery, and the Piazza della Signoria. After viewing the scenic and iconic Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) on the Arno river, you'll continue to the enormous Piazza Santa Croce. In Roman times, this place was used to execute heretics, but the square now boasts numerous charming boutiques. The Galleria dell'Academia is one of the top museums in Florence mainly because it is the home to Michelangelo's David sculpture. Once having completed your tour of the Accademia, you will enjoy a relaxing drive across the Tuscan region on your way back to the Port of Livorno.

Florence: Renaissance City Walking Tour

2. Florence: Renaissance City Walking Tour

Begin in the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery and the Piazza della Signoria, home to the prestigious Palazzo Vecchio. Gazing up at the Loggia dei Lanzi, marvel at these admirable works of art while learning about their history. Follow narrow alleys to the renowned square of Santa Croce. The church here, a smaller version of Florence’s iconic Duomo, is the final resting place of many illustrious Italian historical figures like Dante Alighieri and Michelangelo. Traverse the external path of the Vasari Corridor to Ponte Vecchio, a picturesque bridge with charming goldsmith shops.  Then explore the most authentic districts of Florence: famous for their artisan shops and their ancient tower houses, the Oltrarno district and the neighborhoods of S. Frediano and Santo Spirito boast an international flair mixed with local traditions that provide insight into Florence’s vibrant local scene. From Ponte Santa Trinita, move on to Via Tornabuoni and stroll through the Piazza della Repubblica before coming face to face with Florence’s iconic Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

Florence: Walking Tour with Piazzale Michelangelo

3. Florence: Walking Tour with Piazzale Michelangelo

Meet your guide at Piazza Duomo to begin your walking tour. Hear about the Duomo, the icon of Florence. This is where the Baptistery of Saint John, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Giotto's Bell Tower are. Just next-door, your guide will show you Dante's House and the former prison turned art museum, the Bargello National Museum. Head to the Piazza Santa Croce, where you will find the Santa Croce Basilica, the resting place of geniuses. Then, try to swing fortune in your favor at Il Porcellino, the bronze boar statue that can bring you luck if you rub its nose. Continue to Piazza della Signoria and Loggia dei Lanzi to marvel at the beauty of the Palazzo Vecchio. Explore the history of the palace and admire the open-air museum at the Loggia. Then, pass through the Vasari Corridor to reach Ponte Vecchio. Cross this famous bridge to reach your last stop, the equally celebrated Piazzale Michelangelo. Delight in panoramic views of Florence city center from above, take amazing photos from the terrace and learn more about the iconic buildings.

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What people are saying about Piazza di Santa Croce

Exceptional guide Annalisa Menconi provide a perfect walk around a beautiful city. Customized to make the most of our time together including request places to eat.

Loved the visit, Camilla was so nice and told me so many things about Florence!