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Tour to Florence & Tuscany from La Spezia Port

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Itinerary

Start your adventure to Florence & Tuscany from La Spezia Port

Admire the magnificent beauty of Renaissance art and beauty in Florence, its imposing  Cathedral, Baptistry, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Old Bridge, Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Museum and so much more! Enjoy a ride through the world famous Tuscan countryside riding among rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves.

Piazzale Michelangelo

Relax and enjoy Viale dei Colli, a tree-lined street considered one of the most beautiful in the world. This avenue winds up and down the hill from east to west on the Southern side of the Arno river, reaching its peak at Piazzale Michelangelo before winding back down to Porta Romana.

Get your camera ready because this panoramic square is home to a bronze copy of Michelangelo’s David and has one of the best views of the entire city and its surroundings.

San Miniato chruch and  Belvedere Fortress

Close by Piazzale Michelangelo atop a hill admire the church of San Miniato al Monte, a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture.

Leaving San Miniato, continue downhill toward Forte Belvedere, a fortress high above the city built around 1590 by the Grand Duke Ferdinand de’ Medici to protect the Medici villas.

Down to the Roman gate and Pitti Palace

After Forte Belvedere pass through one of the old gates to the city center, once also part of the ring of walls – the Porta Romana. Following Via Romana reach the imposing Pitti Palace, a Medici Villa then the King’s up until the 1920s.

Today Pitti Palace encloses many of the city’s important museums such as the Gallery of Modern Art, the Costume Gallery and the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments, the Carriage Museum, the Silver Museum, the Porcelain Museum.

Don’t miss Medici private’s garden and world-famous Boboli Gardens right behind Pitti Palace.

Stare at the magnificence of the Duomo

Stop in Piazza della Repubblica. Just a short walk down Via de’ Calzaiuoli leads you to the magnificent Duomo. Facing the holy doors of the cathedral, admire the Baptistery. This Byzantine building was built on the site of an early Christian church. The exquisite Ghiberti’s ‘Doors of Paradise’ (copy) grace the side facing the cathedral.

Piazza della Signoria

Go to Piazza della Signoria to admire Palazzo Vecchio, one of Florence’s earliest seats of government and today town hall.

In this square is located the ‘Loggia dei Lanzi’, an open air terrace museum protecting many important Roman copies of Greek sculptures as well as the original ‘Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna and the ‘Perseus’ by Bernini.

Nearby, the world-famous Uffizi Gallery built to house the Medici’s incredibly vast and precious art collection.

Piazza Santa Croce

Your driver takes you to the Piazza Santa Croce to visit the church where many famous people were buried – Michelangelo and Galileo to name just two. After your visit here, have a break! This is an excellent area for all kinds of eateries. There are some good trattorias but also pizzeria and sandwich shops nearby.

Florentine leather shops and artwork

Your driver can give you suggestions during the day and help you maximize your time. Have a peek at the leather shops and the artwork being painted in the square by local artists. Santa Croce is one of the neighborhoods famed for its local craftsman. In many of the narrow side streets you can see them at work – with leather, iron, wood, paints – most of them using their own designs in a trade passed on from father to son. This is the area where leather goods are traditionally made and there are many stores here that can testify to this.

Luxury shopping

For high fashion and high-quality clothing, the most important shopping district is the area in and around Via de’ Tornabuoni. Here, the world’s most famous designers have their shops – Gucci, Armani, Ferragamo, Versace, Cavalli, Coveri, just to name a few. But if it’s local crafts you are seeking you will enjoy the Santa Croce and Santo Spirito areas.

San Lorenzo outdoor market

The large outdoor market of San Lorenzo and its numerous stalls selling souvenirs, leather goods, clothing and costume jewelry should be one of your destinations in Florence.

Tuscan countryside

After you visit Florence, get the chance to admire the Tuscan countryside with a relaxing drive through idyllic landscapes. Stop in Greve in Chianti, the most typical wine village of Chianti, birthplace of the Italian explorer Giovanni da Verazzano, the first European to reach the Bay of New York.

 

Admire postcard views with rolling hills, wide vineyards, olive and cypress trees – you will better understand why Tuscan beauty is so famous all over the world. Your private day concludes with a drive back to your ship in La Spezia Port.

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I’ve booked my private tour to Florence from La Spezia Port at 8:00am, can I change the pickup time on the same day of the tour?
Unfortunately no because for security reasons, the day before the tour we must send to the port authority the list of all our vehicles entering the port, specifying the entrance time to the restricted area close to the ship, etc. This cannot be modified on the day, at the last minute.

 

 

Can we reserve a local guide directly on-site, on the day?
Unfortunately, no! If you want to add this optional service you must book it at the time of reservation or at least a few days in advance.

 

 

Are the entrance fees for the attractions in Florence included in the price?
The price does not include any entrance fee. If you are interested, please tell us at the time of reservation or book them directly through the website.
Keep in mind that normally in Italy, it is mandatory to have shoulders and knees covered to enter religious sites.

 

 

I’d like to visit the Accademia Museum or the Uffizi Gallery, do I need to pre-purchase the entrance fees?
Absolutely yes! First, because it is the only way to be sure about the availability, and secondly, being timed entrance fees you can arrange your day to maximize your short time ashore.

 

 

Can you prepurchase the timed entrance fees for us?
Yes, we can! This is not our main business but we offer this service to our clients through our partners.
If you prefer, you can buy the tickets on your own: Uffizi GalleryAccademia Museum. Please pay attention to the time you choose and be sure it is feasible with the tour schedule. If you have a doubt, ask us.

 

 

May I visit both Accademia Museum and Uffizi Gallery in Florence?
Normally and especially for the first-time visitors, we recommend choosing one of the 2 attractions, so you can use the balance of the time to see other highlights of Florence.

However, if it is your main interest, surely you can visit both. Just to help you plan your day, from our experience people spend 45 mins/1 hour at Accademia Museum where the main attraction is the David by Michelangelo, and at least 2/3 hours at Uffizi Gallery.

 

 

Is the private tour to Florence from La Spezia Port, accessible for people with disability?
Yes, it is! We can accommodate people with reduced mobility and foldable wheelchair/scooters users.

Please note: it is mandatory to specify each specific need at the time of booking and in the case of wheelchair/scooters, the exact dimensions to be sure they can fit in the trunk of the vehicle.

 

 

How much walking is involved in the private tour to Florence from La Spezia Port?
It is totally up to you! Our vehicles have special permits/licenses to circulate almost everywhere (pedestrian areas included).
Therefore, for people with walking difficulties for example in Florence, we can drop you off right in front of the Cathedral or directly in Piazza della Repubblica.

 

 

Is a wine tour/tasting at a Tuscan winery, included in the price?
The price does not include any wine tour/tasting at a Tuscan winery as not all our guests are interested. If you are, please advise us at the time of reservation so we can confirm availability and price.

 

 

You may find additional info on our FAQs page, on the Private Cruise Port Tours section.

Free date changes

You can change your service date for free, as much as you want.

Credit for future tours

If you don’t know when you’ll be able to travel, you can convert your existing payments to credit, and use it whenever you want.

Gift or transfer

You can transfer your credit to a friend or family member, at no extra cost.

Free Cancellation

– Up to 24 hours in advance for Small Group Tours.
– Up to 72 hours in advance for for Private Tours & Transfers.

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