Florence for Families

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel by luxury minibus with private driver and private guides (in Florence)
  • Visit Piazza della Santissima Annunziatta, the Basilica and the Ospedale degli Innocenti
  • Visit the David at the Accademia Gallery with skip-the-line tickets
  • Visit the Palazzo Davantzi
  • Leisurely afternoon to shop, take an optional guided tour of the Florence Cathedral Complex
  • Climb to the top of the Cupola of the Cathedral

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This unique tour offers highlights of Florence meant to inspire both adults and their families.  You will be transported from Livorno in a luxury minibus, with an English speaking driver, through the enchanting landscape of Tuscany to the Piazza della Santissima  Annunziatta, one of the most beautiful piazzas in Florence. Here, at Bar due Fontane, you will meet our licensed, professional guide. Piazza SS Annunziata represents the stylistic harmony of the greatest architects of the Renaissance. Dominated by the Basilica della SS Annunziata (1250), known for the painting Annunciation (begun by 14th century artist Friar Bartolomeo with the face divinely finished by an angel while he slept) and its many frescoes.  The portico fronting the church (1601) imitates the style of Brunelleschi’s Ospedale degli Innocenti (1419-24) which defines the eastern side of the piazza. The use of round columns and symmetry of design formed the foundation of Renaissance architecture as well as the first orphanage, reflecting the highest social and humanistic views of Florence at that time. Devoted to the care and training of abandoned children (Innocents), the hospital operated until 1875 and now houses a museum.

Next, skip the line to visit the Michelangelo masterpiece, the David at the Accademia Gallery to discover the social, artistic and political significance of this magnificent statue in the history of Florence. A short drive will bring us to the Palazzo Davantzi, recently restored and opened to the public in 2005. This home represents the architectural transition of style from 13th century medieval tower house to Renaissance palace.  The residence offers a remarkably accurate portrayal of the intimate domestic life of that time. After lunch, you may enjoy the afternoon, at your leisure, to explore the boutiques of many of Italy’s famous designers or take a short walk for an optional guided tour (1:00 pm) of the Florence Cathedral Complex. Visit the famous Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (with Brunelleschi’s remarkable Dome), Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery of St. John (one of the oldest buildings in Florence).  Most children and adults really enjoy a climb up to the Cupola of the Cathedral to see close-up the frescoes begun by Giorgio Vasari (1568) and finished by Federico Zuccari (1579).

The departure from Florence to Livorno at 4:00 pm leaves plenty of time to return to your ship.

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Designed for ships arriving in Livorno at 6:00 or 7:00 am and departing at 7:00 pm.

 

FLORENCE FOR FAMILIES (estimated arrival in Florence: 9:00 am)