Florence On Your Own from Livorno
- Ponte Vecchio: Explore the shops that line the famous "old bridge," the Ponte Vecchio, for many years the only route across the Arno River. Window shop (or shop for real) the boutiques that line this magnificent structure as you follow in the footsteps of Florence's greatest historical figures.
- Piazza della Signoria: Bask in the impressive art and public structures of the heart of old Florence. This square has been the political center of the city for centuries. Look for copies of masterworks like Michelangelo's David in the shadow of the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's 14th-century city hall.
- Cathedral Square: Let the architectural feat of the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral's dome amaze you. Maybe climb to top of the campanile for sweeping views of the city and admire the "gates of paradise" on the baptistery next door.
About this Livorno Tour
Tuscany is a region well known around the world for its peaceful vistas, gently rolling landscape, and incredible cuisine. The capital of this idyllic region, Florence, is only an hour away from your cruise ship aboard one of our comfortable coaches or vans. Join this GoBe tour for a journey into the heart of Tuscany as you experience the wonders of Florence.
From Livorno, you'll be taken to the center of Florence and dropped off near Santa Maria Novella Train Station, about 900 meters away from the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. Your escort will give you information about Florence during your journey and share tips for how to best use your time in the city. Once you disembark, you will step back in time as you walk the streets of the birthplace of the Renaissance.
View the vast dome of the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, an engineering marvel. Stroll through piazzas chock full of Renaissance art. In the Piazza della Signoria, meet Michelangelo's David and keep an eye out for other monumental works of art. Walk through the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery, the second-most visited art museum in Italy, and fall under the spell of the Palazzo Vecchio, once the seat of power of the intriguing Medici family.
Don't miss the enchanting Ponte Vecchio, a Florentine landmark almost as famous as the cathedral's massive dome. Follow the steps of geniuses like Dante and Leonardo da Vinci. Sample Tuscany's regional flavor with gelato, food, and wine. However you choose to spend your time, Florence and its many charms, are sure to capture your heart.
A tomb fit for a prince
The church of Santa Croce in Florence is the final resting place of many famous and infamous Italians. One man who fits both categories is Niccolo Machiavelli, author of the classic political treatise The Prince. Machiavelli's name has come to be associated with the ruthless political maxim "the ends justify the means." But some scholars have argued that The Prince, Machiavelli's handbook for getting and keeping power as a ruler, should be read as satire. Clearly the designers of Machiavelli's tomb decided not to choose sides: his Latin epitaph reads, "So great a name has no adequate praise."
Please meet your Representative within the Piazza del Municipio, in Livorno.
This tour operates on Thursdays. Exploration is on your own.. No entrance fees are included.
Whilst walking is at your leisure, plan to walk approximately 1.5 mile over paved sidewalks and cobblestones. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic, Full Day
English, Spanish, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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