Escape the crowded 50 person cruise line tours on this Shared Best of Florence shore excursion. With an average tour size of only 15 people ( and no more than 30 ) you will enjoy a very personalized experience that differs greatly from the 50 plus person tours offered by the cruise lines.
You will be met at the bus transportation hub where you will climb aboard your air conditioned vehicle for the 120 minute drive to Florence.
Upon arrival in Florence, you will drive to the city’s highlights. Your first stop will be Piazza del Duomo. The Florence Duomo is dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore and is typical of Italian Gothic architecture. The present building was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio.The Cupola remained unfinished, and in 1421 the polygonal base was erected. Two architects won the competition to design the dome, Lorenzo Ghiberti (1368-1445) and Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446), but it was Brunelleschi who actually built it using remarkable technical knowledge to achieve the uniquely beautiful results we see today. Completed in 1436, the Cupola is the most characteristic feature of the Florentine skyline, symbolizing a great cultural tradition and the city’s civic awareness.
You will continue to visit Piazza della Signoria, which has been the political heart of the city from the Middle Ages to the present day. The piazza is named after the most important monument there, Palazzo della Signoria, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio in 1298-99 for the seat of the Republican government and which was later to host the Gonfalonier of Justice and the Priors of the Arts (it was in fact first called Palazzo dei Priori).
Close by to the Piazza della Signoria you will visit the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge which crosses the Arno at its widest point. It dates back to Roman times and has been re-built on several occasions. The last stop will be in the Square of Santa Croce (Holy Cross), one of Florence’s largest squares, and traditionally one of the city’s main arenas for ceremonials and festivities. The Basilica of Santa Croce, one of the largest churches in the city, is attributed to the genius of Arnolfo di Cambio who seems to have begun work in 1294.
Admission fee is not included in the tour price.
Then depart to Pisa.Upon arrival in Pisa, you will have approximately 1 hour to walk from the parking area to the Field of Miracles where you will have free time for photos.
Please Note: If less than 9 people are on your tour you will travel in a small vehicle with excellent access to all sights and your tour will be led by a guide who is also your driver. If more than 9 people are on your tour, you will travel in a van or minibus that will include a separate driver and guide. Additional walking will be involved since buses have limited access to the city.
– Duomo of Florence
– Leaning Tower
– Ponte Vecchio
– Piazza della Signoria
Complete information including our phone numbers, meeting time and place are included in your confirmation voucher.
Please give your voucher to the driver at the end of the tour. We hand select our drivers and tour guides in order to give you the ultimate experience.
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– Please dress respectfully when visiting religious monuments; local custom requires covering knees and shoulders.
– Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
– The tour sequence may be altered to avoid congestions but always covering mentioned sights.
– Keep an eye on your wallet and purses at all times. Do not wear jewelry or carry large amount of cash.
– English speaking licensed guide
– Pick up and drop off at the port hub
– Guaranteed return to the pier on time
– Admission fees if not mentioned.
– Tips to driver and guide ( please read below for more information)
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