Depending on the number of travellers
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
English-speaking Driver & Air-conditioned Mercedes Car at your disposal for 11 hours
English-speaking Guide for the 3-hour visit of Florence
THE ENTRANCE FEES ARE NOT INCLUDED
SCHEDULE OF FLORENCE AND PISA TOUR
|Meeting with our English-speaking driver and his Mercedes Car (full optional) by your cruise ship at Livorno port.|
|Arrival in Florence and meeting with our Expert English-speaking guide for the visit of Florence|
|3-hour guided tour of the historical of Florence’s centre|
|Free time also for lunch – 2 hours (not included in the price)|
|Arrival in Pisa|
|1 hour free time for the visit of Piazza dei Miracoli di Pisa by yourself (Entrance fees for the tower are optional and aren’t included )|
|Back to the port of Livorno|
Explore the beautiful city centre:
You'll start Your tour from the Santa Maria Novella Square, then right to the famous Duomo (internal visit), whose marvellous red-tiled dome is the worldwide largest and symbol of Florence. Under the Duomo are the remains of Santa Reparata the former Duomo, torn town in 1375 to build the new cathedral. Excavations, begun in 1966, uncovered a rich trove of material dating back over centuries, including walls of Roman houses and Roman ceramic, glass, and metalwork, as well as paleo-Christian and medieval objects (Brunelleschi’s tombstone was also discovered here). Close to the cathedral, You'll find the Campanile di Giotto and Baptistery (external visits). Next stop will be to Piazza della Signoria with its Fountain of Neptune (Fiorentines mocked it as The big whitey).
By walking through the arcades of the Uffizi Gallery You can admire Ponte Vecchio. Indeed, in that area, you will find one jewellery shop after the next, but all with pretty much the same merchandise.At the end of this tour You'll visit inside the Basilica of Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross)
At Pisa you will discover the Field of Miracles, where are concentrated all top attractions of Pisa. Another unusual feature is that the piazza is covered with shining green grass – a perfect background for the carved marble masterpieces in the monumental compound.
Behind the Duomo is the famous leaning Tower, the Duomo’s Campanile (Bell Tower). Started in 1173 by the architect Bonnanno, this beautiful eight-story carved masterpiece, with open-air arches matching those on the Duomo, was finally finished in 1360. It took so long to built because it started leaning almost from the beginning, so the Pisans stopped construction in 1185. In 1275, they started again and built up to the belfry, cleverly curving the structure as they went to compensate for the lean. The construction stopped again, until 1360, when the belfry was added. Later architects and engineers studied the problem – the shifting alluvial subsoil, saturated with water – but couldn’t devise a solution (one attempt to fix it made it lean more). In 1990, the lean became so bad – 4.5 m out of plumb – that the tower was closed to the public. Two years later, a belt of steel cables was placed around the base, and in 1993, it was decided to stop ringing the bells to prevent vibrations from shaking the tower, and visits to the tower had to be stopped. But after a $ 24-million restoration, engineers succeeded in reducing the tower’s lean by 15 inches. It reopened in December 2001.
Take water, camera & sun cream; wear comfortable shoes. In low season warmer clothing may be required!