In Livorno port at disembark from your cruise ship meet our selected professional English speaking driver for your private shore excursion tour in Tuscany. At your arrival in Florence, the Tuscany art town considered the birthplace of Renaissance rich in art and architecture, you will have time to enjoy the highlights like: the Brunelleschi’s Duomo, the Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its famous bronze gates called “The Gates of Paradise”. A stop in Piazza della Signoria with Palazzo Vecchio and a walk to Ponte Vecchio, the famous Medieval bridge over the Arno River. You have free time for your shopping spree in the boutiques of the centre of Florence and for lunch on your own. A last breath taking view of the Renaissance town with a stop at Piazzale Michelangelo on the hills over Florence. On the way back to Livorno a stop in Chianti where you have time to visit a Organic Wine Farm (tuscany salami,wine tasting,tour)
Florence and Tuscany– Private Shore Excursion from Livorno (Leghorn)
After having met your driver at the cruiser terminal in Livorno (welcome sign with your name), sit back and enjoy your drive through the Tuscan countryside towards Florence (approx 1 hr drive).
Driving up the beautiful Viale Galileo and Viale dei Colli, we reach the marvellous terrace called Piazzale Michelangelo Here you get the most impressive view of the city.
Driving down from the Piazzale passing the old gate to the city, the Porta Romana, we come Pitti Palace, which hosts many galleries and museums and a magnificent park called the Boboli Gardens.
Next we head for the city center, to the Piazza della Repubblica, surrounded by the historical literary cafés, where long ago important intellectuals gathered together.
Following the Via De’Calzaiuoli, which connects Piazza del Duomo to Piazza Signoria (Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi , etc.) you will be able to admire the best masterpieces of Renaissance art, breathing in the magical atmosphere that only Florence can offer.
Our driver, completely at your disposition, will be more than happy to take you to Piazza Santa Croce to visit the Santa Croce church, where many famous Italians are buried, and then take a must-deserved rest, or to the elegant Ponte Vecchio, meaning “old bridge”, dates back to 1345, when it was built to replace a bridge that was swept away by a horrible flood; today, the bridge is visited by many tourists, and is home to gold and jewellery vendors.
Few cities of comparable size can boast such a profusion and variety of high quality goods with Italian design. The most important street for shopping is Via De’ Tornabuoni with designer boutiques like Prada, Gucci, Armani, Ferragamo, Valentino, Vuitton, Damiani, Cartier, Trussardi, Eleuteri, Buccellati, Coveri, Versace, Tiffany, YSL, Zegna, Desmo, Chopard, Tod’s, Cavalli etc.
We can also see what the local craftsmen have to offer in the small local workshops in the Santa Croce or Santo Spirito neighborhoods, or practice your bargaining skills at the San Lorenzo outdoor market (famous for food & leather). Time to visit a Leather Factory
In the afternoon, you will leave Florence and enjoy the 30 minutes drive to the famous Chianti Wine Region where we stop and visit a Organic Wine Farm in Chianti where you have time to have a great tasting experience (tuscany salami, wine tasting, underground wine cellars tour)
After your tour of Chianti Wine, relax on the 60 minutes transfer back to your ship in Livorno.