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The above itinerary is just an example and includes the highlights; please feel free to customize it to suit your travel needs, directly with your driver on the day. Being a private tour you will have the complete control of the day with the freedom to choose exactly what to do and see.
What To Expect
Departing from the cruiser terminal in La Spezia it takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to Florence. First of all your driver will take you along the Viale dei Colli, we reach the marvelous terrace called Piazzale Michelangelo named after the artist who sculpted the original David statue. Here you get one of the most impressive views of the city. Nearby you can also see the white and green marble façade of the S. Miniato al Monte church - an example of the Florentine Romanesque style
Departing from the cruiser terminal in La Spezia it takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to Florence. First of all your driver will take you along the Viale dei Colli, we reach the marvelous terrace called Piazzale Michelangelo named after the artist who sculpted the original David statue. Here you get one of the most impressive views of the city. Nearby you can also see the white and green marble façade of the S. Miniato al Monte church - an example of the Florentine Romanesque style.
After leaving the church, we follow an uphill road, bordered by the ancient city walls, until we reach Forte Belvedere, built around 1590 by the Grand-duke Ferdinand to protect the Medici villas. From the Fort, passing the old gate to the city - Porta Romana, we come to the imposing Pitti Palace, which hosts many galleries and museums (Gallery of Modern Art, Costume Gallery, Palatine Gallery, Royal Apartments, Coach Museum, Silver and Porcelain museums, etc.) and a magnificent park called the Boboli Gardens. Next we head for the city center, to 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 (S. Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery, Giotto's Bell tower) to Piazza Signoria (Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi*, La Loggia dei Lanzi) 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 disposal, 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 afterwards you may take a must-deserved rest. For those who would like to shop or the hungry soul, there are also many shops and “trattoria” to dive into, so everyone in the group can satisfy their desires whether it be a leather jacket or a scrumptious plate of pasta! Shopping, can be a unique experience in Florence.
Walking through its ancient medieval streets, exploring the city's renowned tradition of crafts and family-run businesses. Few cities of comparable size can boast of 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.
At this point, you could choose to visit the Academy Museum* to take in the original David statue by Michelangelo (the David statues found at Piazzale Michelangelo and in Piazza Signoria are both copies and pale in comparison!), or ride up to visit the ancient Etruscan town of Fiesole above Florence to admire another view or explore the old Roman Amphitheatre.
Important!! If you are interested in the Accademia Museum (David) and/or the Uffizi Gallery, please advise us at the time of the booking so we can provide you the skip the line tickets in order to avoid waiting in lines and maximize your time.
- Prices below are per party (not per person), vary depending on your party size, and are valid with pick up/drop off at your ship in La Spezia Port
For parties of 9 or more people, or different port of call, please contact us
- Party of 1-2 people - Euro 690.00
- Party of 3-4 people - Euro 750.00
- Party of 5-6 people - Euro 800.00
- Party of 7-8 people - Euro 850.00
- Never miss the ship no worry refund/cancellation policy (read more)
- Pick up/drop off directly at your ship gangway
- A fun and informative private English speaking driver to lead you through the day.
- Private transportation by air-conditioned and fully equipped Mercedes Benz vehicle
- Free wi-fi and fresh bottled water on board
- All taxes, parking, tolls and gasoline
- No hidden costs
What's Not Included
- Entrance fees (unless specified on your confirmation voucher)
- Gratuities (entirely at the client's discretion)
Where And When
Pick up point:
Due to security reasons at La Spezia Port, all of the private drivers (not just ours) are not allowed to enter the restricted area, and meet you on the pier, close to your ship as we normally do, in the other Italian ports. As soon as you will disembark, you have to catch one of the free shuttle buses, waiting for cruisers, right in front of the ship. The ride is very short approx. 2 minutes (this is just to bring cruisers outside of the restricted area).
Your driver will be waiting for you where the shuttle will drop you off, holding a sign with your name on it.
This private shore excursion from La Spezia Port, is available 365 days a year, (according to our availability).
Our suggested pick up time is 8:00am (or earlier to avoid most of the crowds) but can be customized to suit your needs