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From Florence: Pisa, Lucca, Forte dei Marmi Full-Day Tour

1. From Florence: Pisa, Lucca, Forte dei Marmi Full-Day Tour

Dive into a "sea of beauty", and experience many of Italy’s splendid art masterpieces, enjoy spending time at a famous seaside resort and admire the breathtaking landscapes of Tuscany. The beautiful city of Lucca is along the picturesque road from Florence that leads towards the coast. It is a refined city of art, surrounded by renaissance style tree-lined walls which feature beautiful doors and impressive bastions. Begin your tour of the city with a relaxing walk along a stretch of the city walls and enjoy a wonderful overview of roofs, alleys, tower-houses, wonderful churches and aristocratic palaces of the old city, before moving onto the historical town center close by. Discover Piazza S. Michele in the heart of the city, which features a splendid Basilica in white limestone built between the 12th–14th century. Pass by traditional Italian shops overlooking the squares and narrow roads and reach Piazza del Mercato which was built on the tracks of a Roman amphitheatre dating back to the second century BC. Following this you will visit the famous Gothic Cathedral of San Martino built in the 11th century and featuring the tomb of Ilaria del Carretto, an artistic masterpiece. After a short journey, you reach the splendid and flat Versilian coast and the seaside town of Viareggio, famous for its beautiful beaches, the wonderful "Liberty" architecture that characterizes many of its buildings and the long and exciting walk along "Viale del Mare" with cafès–chantant, restaurants and shops that are among the most elegant of the coast. After a short journey, you will then reach the splendid and flat Versilia coast in one of the most famous tourist seaside resort of the Mediterranean sea, attended by aristocrats, celebrities and sports stars: the seaside town of Forte dei Marmi, which stretches along sandy beaches against the backdrop of the magnificent Apuan Alps. During your free time you can take the occasion to admire the old town, with many elegant shops, high fashion boutiques and outdoor cafes and to walk in the shade of the palm trees on the waterfront, to admire the villas sprouting from the pine forest and the most beautiful beach resorts in the world. Do not miss the opportunity to try the fragrant seafood in one of the many restaurants along the coast, and during the summer, you can take the occasion for an unforgettable swim in the warm waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea with the spectacular backdrop of the white marble of the Apuan Alps that sparkles in the sun. In the afternoon, you move inland and reach the famous city of Pisa, heralded by the glittering view of Piazza dei Miracoli, UNESCO heritage, where the peerless masterpieces in marble rise from the green lawn. The famous Leaning Tower, the magnificent Baptistery, the stunning Cathedral, and the Monumental Graveyard, are unforgettable examples of Romanesque architecture from the 12th and 13th centuries.

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Livorno: Private Shore Excursion to Pisa & Florence

2. Livorno: Private Shore Excursion to Pisa & Florence

At 08:00, your private driver will meet you beside your ship in the port of Livorno for the short drive to the 11th century powerful maritime republic of Pisa. Enjoy a short driving tour of the city which will lead you to the heart of one of the most important monuments in Italy... the breathtaking Piazza dei Miracoli with its Baptistry, cathedral, Campo Santo Cemetery and Leaning Tower of Pisa. Construction of the cathedral began in 1063 and the baptistery is the largest in Italy. The Leaning Tower of Pisa was begun in 1174, however when the tower reached its third story, work ceased as it started to sink into the ground and lean. It remained like this for 90 years before work commenced again in 1272 but was halted once more in 1284 when Pisa was defeated in battle. The 7th floor was completed in 1319 with the bell chamber finally being added in 1372. The top of the tower can be reached by climbing the 294 steps which rise in the form of a spiral on the inner side of the tower walls (pre-booked tickets recommended at EUR 18 per person). Journey on to Florence (an 1.5-hour drive) arriving into the city through vineyards on the outskirts of Chianti and arriving into Piazzale Michelangelo which offers Renaissance views across the Ponte Vecchio, Duomo and Giotto's Tower. Once in the city center, discover the city's prominent landmarks without too much walking as your driver gives you historic and cultural background information. Visit the splendid Gothic Church of Santa Croce with the tombs of famous artists and writers such as Michelangelo, Galileo and Dante as well as its renowned leather school. Enjoy a stroll around the lively and colorful market of San Lorenzo, where you will also find the Medici Chapels and the Loggia dei Mercanti. Discover splendid piazzas like Piazza del Duomo with the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Giotto's Tower, Piazza della Repubblica - a lively shopping area, beautiful Piazza della Signoria and the Palazzo Vecchio with a copy of Michelangelo's David. If you wish to visit the Accademia Museum to see the real Michelangelo's David, the tickets can be pre-booked for you (at around 16 EUR per person) so you won't have to waste any time standing in long lines. Wander past the huge Uffizi Gallery and across the Ponte Vecchio with its exquisite jewelry stores towards Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens. Break for lunch (at your own expense) - your driver will make suggestions and point you in the right direction or you may be tempted to taste your way around the authentic central food market overflowing with cheeses, salami,  prosciutto, bread, pasta, olive oil and wine. At around 15:30, your minivan will be waiting to take you on the relaxing and comfortable journey back to your ship in the port of Livorno with arrival at around 17:00.

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Pisa: Half-Day Private Discovery Tour

3. Pisa: Half-Day Private Discovery Tour

Stroll around Miracle Square and admire the unthinkable beauty of the baptistery, duomo, the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa, and more, all on this private tour of Pisa. Optionally, climb to the top of the Leaning Tower. Get picked up in an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz minivan and enjoy a relaxing ride on the highway along the Apuan Alps from where the famous Carrara marble is found. Reach Pisa in an hour and meet your local guide to start your discovery of Pisa from its very heart, Miracle Square. Surrounded by the oldest walls of Italy, the entire square was shaped mathematically to represent the constellation of Capricorn. Visit the duomo, cemetery, baptistery, Leaning Tower, and more. Choose the option to add on a climb on the Leaning Tower of Pisa to enrich your visit. As you explore, hear captivating stories about Pisa, including its time as a maritime republic that dominated the entire Mediterranean Sea during the 12th to 14th centuries. Visit Knights’ Square and the Church of Santo Stefano. Then, walk through the lungarno, streets of the city that pass beside Arno River. Enjoy beautiful views from Ponte di Mezzo, located in the very center of Pisa. Cross the river and experience the southern side of the historical center, which still conserves its typical neighborhoods with genuine food and artisanal shops. Finish off your experience by immersing yourself in the area’s authentic character and flavors.

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Livorno: Full-Day Private Shore Excursion to Pisa & Lucca

4. Livorno: Full-Day Private Shore Excursion to Pisa & Lucca

Meet your private driver/ guide at 08:00 as close as possible to your ship's arrival for the pleasant hour drive to the charming medieval city of Lucca. It is a city enclosed and protected through the centuries by an imposing 16th century wall, which is one of the best preserved Renaissance defenses in Europe. The wall has helped keep the city's original features and Roman street plan intact. You may enjoy starting off your day with a bike ride on top of the walls along the beautiful tree-lined promenade where you can peer down into the palazzi and piazzas of the old city or look up to views of the surrounding hills. Bike rental will be an additional (optional) cost paid on the day of your tour at 5 EUR per bike per hour. Discover the city's Roman features with the Church of San Michele in Foro standing on the site of the original Roman forum. It was here that Giacomo Puccini began his musical career as a choir boy. Strolling along the lively shopping street of Via Fillungo, you will arrive at the Church of San Frediano with its 6th century origins. See the tomb of Saint Zita (1278), mentioned by Dante in the Inferno, whose mummified body can be seen through glass. Discover the unique shaped arena, Piazza Anfiteatro, constructed in the 1st century A.D. under Emperor Claudius with 54 arches and a cave able to hold as many as ten thousand spectators in 18 rows of seats. The base of the original amphitheater is now some 3 meters below the center, which was reconstructed in the 1800s as the town's marketplace. The Cathedral of San Martino houses the precious holy relic, the Volto Santo, a cedar wood crucifix said to be a true portrait of Jesus sculpted by Nicodemus, an eyewitness to the crucifixion. Also see the remarkable marble tomb of Ilaria del Caretto and Tintoretto's infamous 'Last Supper.'  The city is filled with artisans and tempting delicatessens offering Tuscan specialties, and Lucca is particularly renowned for its olive oil. Not to be missed are the underground cellars of Enoteca Vanni, offering a tempting selection of wines from all over Italy. Lunch will be at your own cost, and your driver can make recommendations and point you in the right direction. You may even have time to enjoy lunch at a local vineyard on the outskirts of town before taking the short drive to the 11th century powerful maritime republic of Pisa. Enjoy a driving tour of the city, which will lead you to the heart of one of the most important monuments in Italy, the breathtaking Piazza dei Miracoli with its Baptistry, the cathedral, Campo Santo Cemetery and of course, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You will be free to explore some of the city on foot before meeting up with your driver for the return journey back to your ship in the port of Livorno with arrival at around 17:00.

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From Rome: Private Tour to Florence and Pisa with Lunch

5. From Rome: Private Tour to Florence and Pisa with Lunch

Visit two of Tuscany's most famous cities, Florence and Pisa, on a full-day guided tour. Start with pickup from your hotel in Rome and travel through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to Florence.  Upon arrival in Florence, start your tour of the city at Piazzale Michelangelo where you can enjoy the amazing view over all of the city center. Make your way to the iconic Ponte Vecchio for some of the best views in the city. Walk through the charming streets of the city and visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its beautiful dome designed by Brunelleschi. Before reaching Piazza della Signoria, admire the Baptistery and Giotto's Bell Tower.   Take a break for some lunch, followed by a visit to the San Lorenzo outdoor market where you can find high-quality leather goods very reasonable prices. Depart Florence at approximately 2:30 PM and head to Pisa. Once you arrive in Pisa, see the famous Leaning Tower, Piazza dei Miracoli, the Cathedral, and the Baptistery of Pisa. After exploring the highlights of the city with your guide, depart at 5:30 PM and return to Rome, with drop-off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Pisa

Stefano was amazing and the tour was our favorite of the trip!

Stefano contacted us before the trip to coordinate and was friendly. We asked if we could meet slightly later as our kids were tired from Rome and Stefano immediately responded and accommodated. Stefano was extremely knowledgeable about the area, buildings in Pisa, and Lucca and genuinely seemed to love the area. He helped us with tickets to Pisa and which route and how much time to take. He then took us to a leisurely day in Lucca. He knew the bike rental. shop and directed us to bike the wall which was great and easy. A highlight of the trip. He accommodated our requests to stop for liquor and wine/oil and took us to a great reserved restaurant and even recommended menu items. He gave us a map and directed us to explore at our own pace and coordinate to meet him. It was a great time and Stefano put us at east the entire time. Thank you!