Lucca and Florence – Private Shore Excursion from Livorno
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 .
Driving up the beautiful Viale Galileo and Viale dei Colli, we reach the marvellous terrace called Piazzale Michelangelo Here you get the most impressive view of the city.
Driving down from the Piazzale passing the old gate to the city, the Porta Romana, we come Pitti Palace, which hosts many galleries and museums and a magnificent park called the Boboli Gardens.
Next we head for the city center, to the Piazza della Repubblica, surrounded by the historical literary cafés, where long ago important intellectuals gathered together.
Following the Via De’Calzaiuoli, which connects Piazza del Duomo to Piazza 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 the Santa Croce church, where many famous Italians are buried, and then take a must-deserved rest, or to the elegant Ponte 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, Tod’s, 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.
In the afternoon, you will leave Florence and enjoy the 50 minute drive to the university town of Lucca where you will have time for photographs and to marvel at the exterior of the Duomo andNapoleon Square. If you are bike lovers you can enjoy a beaitiful bike tour
After your tour of Lucca, relax on the 45 minutes transfer back to your ship in Livorno.