This Private Shore-Excursion will depart from Livorno Port. Your English speaking professional driver-guide will welcome you, as soon as you disembark, in the area where all private tours depart from. He will be holding a sign with your name on.
Leisure Italy recommends to enjoy Pisa first and then go to Florence to avoid Florence traffic jam in the morning rush-hour. However you can decide with your driver-guide, on tour, what do you prefer.
From Livorno to Pisa, the drive takes about half an hour: you shall enter the “Piazza dei Miracoli” before it gets crowded. It is a true “Miracle” with its four shining marble buildings dating back to the middle-ages: the Leaning Tower, the Baptistery, the Cathedral, and the Old Cemetery. If you like Leisure Italy can provide for a private Guide for an introduction to Pisa; if you would like to climb up the Leaning Tower it is certainly recommended a reservation. Don’t miss a visit to the Baptistery: be there on the half-hour, close your eyes and experience the amazing acoustics of the building…
Time for lunch will be decided according to your needs (however we suggest waiting to get to Florence, where you have lots of choices).
Florence – optional guided walking tour
The walking part of the itinerary in Florence you find below involves the optional Private Guided Tour. Therefore the following is just an example or a suggestion!
Starting from “Ponte Vecchio”, where jewelry stores are still shining since 1400, you will enter the town square, Piazza della Signoria. Here you can see Palazzo Vecchio, The Uffizi Gallery and the Loggia with all its antiques and renaissance statues. Hence you will go to Santa Croce Square, which is traditionally the area where you find all the leather production in Florence. Then you walk to Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, to admire one of the greatest achievements of the architecture of all time: this is Brunelleschi Dome. Opposite the Cathedral you shall not miss the Gate of Paradise (one of the Baptistery entrances) with Ghiberti masterpieces.
Free time in Florence
During your free time you could take a chance to go to the Central Market, where Florentines buy their groceries. This place also offers some simple but authentic lunch opportunities.
If you feel like bargaining for leather, San Lorenzo is your place. However to find genuine leather Leisure Italy recommends the area of Santa Croce.
Your driver will meet you to bring you back to Livorno’s harbor.