Pisa and Florence

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

PISA AND FLORENCE   (Estimated arrival in Florence: 9:00 am)

HIGHLIGHTS

From Livorno, you will travel in a luxury minibus, with an English speaking driver, through the magnificent landscape of Tuscany to Florence.  Very near Ponte Vecchio, at the Gallery Hotel Art, you will meet your licensed professional guide and start to travel through time from the Middle Ages thru the Renaissance. After a very brief walk, you will enter the Piazza della Signoria, the center of Florentine civic life.  Without question, this is one of the most elegant and culturally rich places in all of Italy, if not the world.

The architecture in this open-air museum spans the ages from Medieval to Renaissance, anchored by the Palazzo Vecchio (the seat of Republican government) and including the Loggia de Lanzi (which offers its protection to 15 historical statues, Perseus with the Head of Medusa among them), the Palazzo degli Uguccione and the Tribunale della Mercanzia (merchant court of Florence).  The Uffizi, one of the worlds most famous art galleries, stands to the southeast of the piazza, and the most prominent copy of the David by Michelangelo occupies the same space as the original (now in the Accedemia).

Next, after a brief walk, is a visit to the Florence Cathedral Complex to explore the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (with Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome), Giotto’s Bell Tower and, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, the Baptistery of St. John. The UNESCO World Heritage recognizes over 500 years of contribution from Italy’s greatest artists and architects in these sites.

After lunch (12:00), some may wish to complete their experience of the David with a short walk to the Accademia for a skip the line viewing of the original masterpiece.  Another alternative, with an optional guide, is to visit the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, world leader in art restoration and conservation and home to a museum displaying examples of pietre dure, the art of inlaid semi-precious stone.

Leaving Florence (2:30), the tour continues with a stop in Pisa to see another UNESCO World Heritage site, the Piazza dei Miracoli, consisting of the Duomo(1064), the Baptistery (1153), the Camposanto (regarded as the worlds most beautiful cemetery) and, of course, the famous leaning Bell Tower of Pisa(1173-1372). Many enjoy climbing to the top of the tower for a wonderful view of the city.

At 5:30 we return you to your dock in Livorno.

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