FLORENCE VISITS FOR SHORE EXCURSION TRAVELERS
Florence is only 1.5 hours from Livorno (aprox. 93 km, 57 miles) and 1.45 hours from La Spezia (aprox. 150 km, 93 miles). These are the main ports for cruise ships near Florence. What cruise ship guests usually look for is to maximise the time of each excursion with a quick and reliable transfer service from the port to the city and an expert guide who shows them the most interesting places in a reasonable amount of time. Everything works well if you choose an expert!
I can provide you a transfer service from the port to Florence and back, and you will find me right there, ready to start your personal tour of Florence.
TO GIVE THE BEST VALUE TO YOUR TIME
After a photo stop at the nicest panoramic terrace in the city (Piazzale Michelangelo) we will take our walk to see the must-see highlights: Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, Signoria Square, Pitti Palace, the medieval district and the Piglet market. We will decide together what to see, the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s David, Santa Croce basilica to see Michelangelo’s and Galileo’s tombs or the Uffizi Gallery to admire the Renaissance paintings. If you like, you can even decide to spend some time in Pisa on the way back to the port.
Your day in Florence, with the tranquillity of being in the hands of experts, no unpleasant surprises, and without having to worry about the time. You only have to relax and enjoy your shore excursion to Florence!
A COUPLE OF USEFUL TIPS
First thing: consider the distances. Livorno is about 1.15 hours from Florence, but La Spezia is 2 hours driving. It means that taking a tour from La Spezia port you’ll be in the car for approximately 4 hours, without considering possible traffic. You must be aware of this. For this reason, from La Spezia you should come to Florence only, with no extra stops. Actually, it’s very common to join Florence and Pisa. If you come from Livorno there’s no problem, but from La Spezia I warmly suggest not to do it. Second thing, if you’d like to spend a more relaxed day, I suggest you to do only Florence, even if your ship docks in Livorno. You can decide to have only a morning tour and enjoy the rest of the day on your own strolling around and doing some shopping, or just having a wonderful lunch at some typical trattoria. Otherwise, you can take a longer tour if you wish to have a deepest focus of the city. But still plan to have at least a couple of hours of free time to savor a gelato, enjoy a glass of Chianti wine and do some people watching from one of the cafes overlooking the main squares.
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