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Livorno is Italy's second largest port and serves as the gateway to the Tuscany region.
This comprehensive excursion begins with a scenic drive through the Tuscan countryside from Livorno to the historic town of Pisa.
Here, you'll make a brief photo stop by Campo dei Miracoli, or Miracle Square. Marvel at the exterior of the Campanile, better known as the Leaning Tower. This remarkable structure is Pisa's greatest attraction. It was built as the cathedral's campanile, or bell tower and began to tilt because of the marshy ground beneath its foundation. It has continued to lean at a rate of 1-2 millimeters every year.
Re-board your motorcoach and continue on to the fascinating city of Florence. Surrounded by the Appennine Hills and situated on both banks of the Arno River, Florence had a significant impact on the culture of Italy and all of Europe. Florence acquired its wealth from wool and banking and from the 13th - 16th century when its poets, painters, sculptors and architects produced a stream of exquisite works of art.
See the Piazza del Duomo, the religious center of Florence in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Called "il duomo," it is the fourth largest church in the world and was begun in 1296 and took 173 years to complete. The side of the Baptistery facing the Duomo has gilded bronze doors declared by Michelangelo as worthy of being the "gates of paradise." Sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti labored more than 50 years on this incredible project. In the Piazza della Signoria view a copy of the "David" and the Loggia dei Lanzi, along with original sculptures.
Then enjoy a photo opportunity at Ponte Vecchio before lunch at a local restaurant. (meal cost not included)
After lunch, you will visit Santa Croce, one of the most beautiful Gothic churches in Italy. See Donatello's Annunciation, Giotto's Death of St. Francis and the tomb of Michelangelo. Enjoy some free time for shopping before your return to Livorno.
Departures (Local Time)
8:00 AM (Hours: 9.5)
Cost Per Person (Adult)
Tour Cost: $975.00
Tax/Other Fees: $120.00
Total Cost: $1,095.00
Dress for comfort so you can walk the town. You will be provided with an orientation on your way to Florence and then will have time to explore Florence on your own. On the way back to the ship you will be taken to Pisa for a photo stop.
At the cruise ship pier. The specific meeting location at the pier will be listed in your confirmation email and voucher for this shore excursion. See the 'Redemption and Voucher Details' section below.