This La Spezia shore trip is perfect for first time visitors to Florence and Pisa. You see the top monuments and site plus enjoy a flexible schedule to shop and enjoy lunch without too much hand holding. Your driver guide makes suggestions, but ultimately you decide how to spend your time.
Your driver driver will meet you at your cruise ship in La Spezia. Your exploration begins with a 2 hour drive through the lovely Tuscan countryside to Florence. As an introduction the Renaissance city, a stop at the Piazzale Michelangelo is your starting point. From this look out point there are beautiful panoramic views of the city.
Next you drive into the city center which has a very large pedestrian zone. All the city's top monuments are located in this area and you have approximately 3 hours to explore on foot. We suggest you visit the Cathedral complex in the heart of Florence which includes the Gothic Duomo whose dome was designed by Brunellesci and is a real marvel. Right nearby is Giotto's bell tower and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors commonly referred to as the Gates of Paradise.
Next walk to the Piazza della Signoria to see a copy of Michelangelo's David in the outdoor setting for which it was originally designed. In this same square you'll see the 14th-century Loggia, which houses several famous sculptures. Also on the square is the grand Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's most famous and imposing palazzo, once home to the reigning Medici family.
Nearby is the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge which was built in 1220. This bridge crossing the Arno River is lined with shops that traditionally sell gold and silver. There is a passageway above the shops that connected the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery to the Pitti Palace.
You might also choose to visit the 14th-century Santa Croce Church, which holds the tombs of great Florentines including Michelangelo, Machiavelli, the composer Rossini, as well as a memorial to Dante. If you are interested in shopping for leather on your trip, Florence is the ideal city for it, and there are many quality leather shops near Santa Croce.
Also located in the pedestrian zone are hundreds of cafes, restaurants and shops for you to choose from.
Later this afternoon you drive to Pisa to visit the Piazza dei Miracoli or Field of Miracles. This is pedestrian area is one of the finest architectural ensembles in the world, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo (cathedral), a Romanesque masterpiece dating back to the 11th century. If you are looking for a last minute souvenir or an afternoon Italian ice cream, you can also find it here.
At the end of the day, you return to La Spezia.
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