Florence and Tuscany Private Shore Excursion from Livorno (Leghorn)
After having met your driver at the cruiser terminal in Livorno (welcome sign with your name), sit back and enjoy your drive through the Tuscan countryside towards Florence (approx 1 hr drive).
Driving up the beautiful Viale Galileo and Viale dei Colli, we reach the marvellous terrace calledPiazzale MichelangeloHere you get the most impressive view of the city.
Driving down from thePiazzale passing the old gate to the city, thePorta Romana, we comePitti Palace, which hosts many galleries and museums and a magnificent park called theBoboli Gardens.
Next we head for the city center, to thePiazza della Repubblica, surrounded by the historical literary cafs, where long ago important intellectuals gathered together.
Following the Via DeCalzaiuoli, which connectsPiazza del DuomotoPiazza Signoria(Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi , etc.) you will be able to admire the best masterpieces of Renaissance art, breathing in the magical atmosphere that only Florence can offer.
Our driver, completely at your disposition, will be more than happy to take you to Piazza Santa Croce to visit theSanta Croce church, where many famous Italians are buried, and then take a must-deserved rest, or to the elegantPonte Vecchio, meaning old bridge, dates back to 1345, when it was built to replace a bridge that was swept away by a horrible flood; today, the bridge is visited by many tourists, and is home to gold and jewellery vendors.
Few cities of comparable size can boast such a profusion and variety of high quality goods with Italian design. The most important street for shopping is Via De Tornabuoni with designer boutiques like Prada, Gucci, Armani, Ferragamo, Valentino, Vuitton, Damiani, Cartier, Trussardi, Eleuteri, Buccellati, Coveri, Versace, Tiffany, YSL, Zegna, Desmo, Chopard, Tods, Cavalli etc.
We can also see what the local craftsmen have to offer in the small local workshops in the Santa Croce or Santo Spirito neighborhoods, or practice your bargaining skills at the San Lorenzo outdoor market (famous for food & leather). Time to visit a Leather Factory
In the afternoon, you will leave Florenceand enjoy the 30 minutes drive to thefamous Chianti Wine Region where we stop and visit a Organic Wine Farm in Chiantiwhere you have time to have a great tasting experience (tuscany salami, wine tasting, underground wine cellars tour)
After your tour of Chianti Wine, relax on the60 minutes transfer back to your ship in Livorno.