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La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa

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Florence, Italy

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

See Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa while in port in La Spezia on this full-day, independent excursion. Head first to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, with a private driver and explore the Boboli Gardens, Pitti Palace or other top attractions at your leisure. Afterward, travel to Pisa to see the Piazza dei Miracoli and snap some pictures with the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Upgrade your ticket to include guided tours in both cities, as well as skip-the-line tickets to the Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia in Florence.
  • Full-day shore excursion to Florence and Pisa from La Spezia with a private driver
  • See top Florence attractions like Pitti Palace or stroll through the magnificent Boboli Gardens
  • Visit attractions like the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Upgrade to include a guide and a skip-the-line ticket to either the Accademia or Uffizi galleries
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Begin your excursion with pickup from your cruise port in La Spezia, where you’ll meet your private driver and take off through the Tuscan countryside.

Arrive first in Florence, driving up the Viale dei Colli toward Piazzale Michelangelo, a stunning terrace featuring panoramic views over the Arno Valley.

From here, follow your own itinerary with the help of your personal driver. Take a scenic stroll through the Boboli Gardens or admire the art collection inside the Pitti Palace, once home to the powerful Medici family.

Head to the Piazza del Duomo for an up-close look at the city’s most iconic architecture. Gaze up at the Duomo, the accompanying Baptistery and Giotto's Bell Tower (admission fees at own expense). Consider walking over to the Piazza della Repubblica next, another bustling hub of shops and cafés. Admire the triumphal arch, or pause for an Italian espresso to relax and refuel.

Afterward, hop back in the car for the 40-minute ride to Pisa. Head to the Piazza dei Miracoli, home to the Cathedral, Baptistery and the renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa. Afterward, opt for a trip to Piazza dei Cavalieri to see the historic Scuola Normale, before concluding your trip with transportation back to La Spezia.

To upgrade your ticket to include guided tours in each city and skip-the-line museum tickets, see the Itinerary section below.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the La Spezia port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
It is famous worldwide for its outstanding collections of ancient sculptures and paintings (from the Middle Ages to the Modern period). The collections of paintings from the 14th-century and Renaissance period include some absolute masterpieces: Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo, Raffaello, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, in addition to many precious works by European painters (mainly German, Dutch and Flemish). Moreover, the Gallery boasts an invaluable collection of ancient statues and busts from the Medici family, which adorns the corridors and consists of ancient Roman copies of lost Greek sculptures.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Piazza della Repubblica
One of the most important squares of Florence
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Palazzo Vecchio
Florence Town Hall
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Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Torre pendente di Pisa) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt. The tower is situated behind the Pisa Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in the city's Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo), after the cathedral and the Pisa Baptistry. The tower's tilt began during construction in the 12th century, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure's weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed in the 14th century. It gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The height of the tower is 55.86 metres (183.27 feet) from the ground on the low side and 56.67 metres (185.93 feet) on the high side. The width of the walls at the base is 2.44 m (8 ft 0.06 in). Its weight is estimated at 14,500 tons. The tower has 296 or 294 steps; the seventh floor has two fewer steps on the north-facing staircase. In 1990 the tower leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees, but following remedial work between 1993 and 2001 this was reduced to 3.97 degrees, reducing the overhang by 45 cm. It lost a further 4 cm of tilt in the two decades to 2018.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Galleria dell'Accademia
The Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze, or "Gallery of the Academy of Florence", is an art museum in Florence, Italy. It is best known as the home of Michelangelo's sculpture David. It also has other sculptures by Michelangelo and a large collection of paintings by Florentine artists, mostly from the period 1300–1600, the Trecento to the Late Renaissance. It is smaller and more specialized than the Uffizi, the main art museum in Florence. It adjoins the Accademia di Belle Arti or academy of fine arts of Florence, but despite the name has no other connection with it.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Piazza del Duomo
Florence Cathedral, formally the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore; in English "Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower"), is the cathedral of Florence, Italy (Italian: Duomo di Firenze). It was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style to a design of Arnolfo di Cambio and was structurally completed by 1436, with the dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi.[1] The exterior of the basilica is faced with polychrome marble panels in various shades of green and pink, bordered by white, and has an elaborate 19th-century Gothic Revival façade by Emilio De Fabris. The cathedral complex, in Piazza del Duomo, includes the Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile. These three buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site covering the historic centre of Florence and are a major tourist attraction of Tuscany. The basilica is one of Italy's largest churches, and until the development of new structural materials in the modern era, the dome was the largest in the world. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed.
Pass By:  
Battistero di San Giovanni
Baptistery of Pisa
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Palazzo Pitti
This enormous palace is one of Florence's largest architectural monuments. The original palazzo was built for the Pitti family in 1457, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and built by his pupil Luca Fancelli. The original construction consisted of only the middle cube of the present building (the middle seven windows on the top floor). In 1549, the property was sold to the Medicis and became the primary residence of the grand ducal family.
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Campanile di Giotto
Giotto's Campanile is a free-standing campanile that is part of the complex of buildings that make up Florence Cathedral on the Piazza del Duomo in Florence, Italy. Standing adjacent to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Baptistry of St. John, the tower is one of the showpieces of Florentine Gothic architecture with its design by Giotto, its rich sculptural decorations and its polychrome marble encrustations. The slender structure is square in plan with 14.45 metre (47.41 ft) sides. It is 84.7 metres (277.9 ft) tall and has polygonal buttresses at each corner. The tower is divided into five stages.
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Baptistery of St. John
The Baptistery of Pisa
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Duomo di Pisa
The square of the Duomo of Pisa - dominated by the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Bell Tower and Graveyard (the Campo Santo) - represents an architectural whole characterized by a really surprising stylistic accordance, to the point of having been compared by Le Corbousier to the acropolis of Athens. The choice of materials, with an almost absolute supermacy of the white marble, and the constant presence of blind arches at the base and practicable small loggias in the upper orders lead to the thought of single project, almost the expression of the group of artists that works well together in the same building site in a relatively short lapse of time. Still, this is the result of long process that saw various architects, sculptors and painters taking turns, in the space of more than three centuries, and amongthem some leading personalities who have marked their epoch. Each visitor entering this space is rapt in the sudden vision of the four monuments, a vision that looks 'miraculous', quoting the fortunate definition coined by D'Annunzio. The buildings seem to spring up from a wide regular lawn, which however dates back to the XIX century, when th square was redesigned in neo-medieval slant, clearing it from many more or less poor buildings and from the vegetable gardens that were still tended there. Also because of these uses, the one of Pisa has no comparison with other medieval squares of the cathedral that, from Parma to Modena, from Siena to Perugia, see the structure of the city radiating from them. Nevertheless, this unusual decentred area has been the spiritual, and not only, heart of the city of Pisa.
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Piazza dei Miracoli
One of the most beautiful squares of Italy
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa.

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Great tour of Florence and Pisa!
Vacation15651437653
, Jun 2019
This was a great tour and our driver/guide Franchesco was amazing! 1 Day is not enough time to explore the city but they did everything they could to get us to more places and to see everything we could. Thanks so much!
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Hardly recommend it
Maria T
, Sep 2018
Good service Gianfranco the guide was very nice we love Florence and Pisa the city was pretty peoples friendly
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This tour was awesome. Our tour...
Julia B
, Oct 2017
This tour was awesome. Our tour guide and driver Antonio was very knowledgable and answered all of our questions about Florence and Pisa. Thouroughly recommend it
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Get a guide in order to have the...
charleshoag3
, Jun 2017
Get a guide in order to have the best experience. Also, note you must take the bus to meet the guide. We had no idea, so we lost some trip time.
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There is no better way to know and...
William V
, Jun 2017
There is no better way to know and explore the history and beauty of a city such as Florence than with a local and that was our experience with Luigi Valerio, our driver. He was extremely responsible, respectful and very committed to his work, making our day memorable. By knowing the most beautiful places like no one else, we were able to enjoy the city at its greatest splendor. My recommendation, stay away from those large buses tours and coordinate a private tour as we did, you'll never regret it.
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We had a very full, amazing day in...
David A
, May 2017
We had a very full, amazing day in Florence/ Pisa. Alessandro did a great job as our driver. He picked us up promptly at the cruise port and took us to Florence where we met with Marzia who gave us a fascinating walking tour of downtown Florence and the Accademia Gallery. She knew everything about the history of Florence and her knowledge of art was unbelievable. After our tour with Marzia, Alessandro picked us up again and took us to Pisa where we had time to walk and see the leaning tower and the surrounding buildings. He had us back to the cruise port perfectly on time! It was a great day!!
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Excellent driver, Luigi was...
Juan H
, Aug 2016
Excellent driver, Luigi was professional and extremely knowledgeable of Italy. He arrived on time, was very accomodating and the van was awesome. He truly made my families experience to Florence and Pisa amazing!!!
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We used several companies during our...
Elizabeth H
, Aug 2016
We used several companies during our 10 day trip to Europe and this was by far the nicest vehicle. Leonardo was our driver. He was so polite, very prompt, and his his knowledge of of the sights was astounding! He was great. This was a very long excursion and it was nice to have such a large vehicle for our party of 6. When we got to the Academia, our private guide was Rosanna. She was very good. She also took us to the best Gelato place. Our only suggestion is that while Leonardo was explaining the sites, he kept turning his head, and that made my mother, very nervous. So she complained. Otherwise, it was excellent. But Leonardo is a professional in every way and I felt safe the entire time and his knowledge of the sites was simply amazing.
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If you have 1 day in port to visit...
dgcarr
, Aug 2016
If you have 1 day in port to visit Florence, this is the way to go. Our driver, Carlo, was marvelous. Very knowledgeable and engaging. Showed us a lot of sites to and from Florence and gave us a tour around the city. Our guide was Bridgett. Wonderful lady, very gracious and enjoyable. Showed us through the museums, basilica's and walked the center of Florence. Well worth the money.
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This WAS actually a private tour...
Brandie M
, Aug 2016
This WAS actually a private tour which was not always the case for tours we had booked for other shore excursions - only our family of five. Our driver, Giovanni: was awesome professional and friendly happy to share his knowledge and experiences. Excellent tour guide with an immaculate Mercedes Benz minivan and WIFI - which was great during the 2 hour drive to Florence! Once we arrived in Florence, he connected us directly to our walking tour guide, Gabriela, who was amazing. She shared her vast knowledge of art and history in a way that was interesting, even for our 16 and 13 year-old sons! We would not have seen a fraction of the treasures in Florence in the short time available without a guide and skip-the-line tickets. Excellent shore excursion - worth the expense - highly recommend!!

Product code: 5292PRTPSAFLORENCE

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