Shore Excursion to Florence

A Full-Day Tour of the Treasures of Florence with a Private Guide and Private Driver from and to the Port

If you are a cruise passenger arriving in Livorno with only a single day to visit Florence, this private guided tour is what you are looking for. Your private air-conditioned vehicle will meet you at the port of Livorno to drive you directly to Florence city center where you’ll meet your private guide. She will show all of Florence’s highlights before you return to to the cruise ship at the end of the day. All entrance fees are included in the price. The guided tour is 6 hours long without considering transportation.

DISCOVER FLORENCE, THE CRADLE OF RENAISSANCE

A UNESCO World-Heritage site, the city of Florence was founded in 59 BC as a settlement of former soldiers who had served in Julius Caesar’s military campaigns. This must be way the chosen patron of the city was Mars, the god of war, who presided over its fortunes at least until St John the Baptist replaced him with the advent of Christianity. The city was conveniently situated on the Via Cassia, one of the many roads that the Romans built to connect the provinces to the pumping heart of their growing empire. This lucky position enabled Florence to expand as a commercial center to the point that Emperor Diocletian made it the capital of the Province of Tuscia.

In the 13th century Florence became one of the main commercial and financial centers of Europe. Its economic and urban expansion was fast and unrestrained and was mainly based on the wool trade started by the so-called Arte della Lana, a guild importing raw wool from England and skillfully refining, dying and reselling it. The huge profits coming from this activity provided the initial capitals for the innovative banking industry of Florence that soon started lending money to popes and kings all over Europe. This was the time when Florence started to mint its prestigious gold coin: the Fiorino.

The economic growth created the conditions for the city to become a cultural center of major importance whose preeminence lasted for centuries ahead and it still is highly influential. Florence is the very places where Italian culture, including visual arts, architecture, literature and even Italian language was born. A city of extraordinary charm, history and beauty, flourishing Florence is a repository of invaluable artistic treasures from the ancient time to the modern day, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and beyond. This shore excursion tour of Florence will make you drop jaws at every corner.

Main highlights:
• Ponte Vecchio
• Uffizi Gallery
• Baptistery of St John (ouside)
• Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Giotto’s tower (outdoor)
• Piazza della Signoria
• Gallery of the Academy (with the original David by Michelangelo)
• Loggia dei Lanzi
• Palazzo Vecchio (cortile interno)
• Piazza della Repubblica
• Mercato Nuovo
• Chiesa di Orsanmichele
• Il Porcellino

UFFIZI GALLERY – THE ART COLLECTION OF THE MEDICI FAMILY

Originally intended as an administrative office, the Uffizi Gallery was turned into an astonishing art collection by the powerful family of the Medici. With its inestimable treasure of paintings, jewelery, sculptures, weaponry, and scientific instruments, it is still one of the most visited and beautiful museums of the world. As paintings are displayed in chronological order, it is possible to fully appreciated all the innovations occurred in the visual arts throughout the centuries.

Main works at the Uffizi Gallery:
• Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” and “The Primavera.”
• Giotto’s “Ognissanti Madonna.”
• Piero della Francesca’s double portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino.
• Paolo Uccello’s “Battle of San Romano”
• Titian’s “Venus of Urbino.”
• Michelangelo’s “Tondo Doni.”
• Raphael’s “Madonna of the Goldfinch.”
• Artemisia Gentileschi’s “Judith and Holofernes.”
• Caravaggio’s “Bacchus.”
• Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Annunciation.”
• Agnolo Bronzino’s portrait of Lucrezia Panciatichi.
• Works of Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Simone Martini, and more.

THE GALLERY OF THE ACADEMY OF FLORENCE

The Gallery of the Academy in Florence is the second most popular museum in the city. The highlight of this site is certainly the giant marble sculptures created by Michelangelo, and above all, the magnificent David, but also the Prisoners and the statue of St. Matthew. The Accademia welcomes the visitor in the Hall of the Colossus that now hosts the plaster model for the stunning sculpture of Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabine Women that Giambologna prepared as an exercise in creating a tightly-knit group of three figures from just one block of stone. The main rooms of the Accademia offer visitors works by unparalleled Italian masters such
as Sandro Botticelli, Pontormo, Andrea del Sarto, Orcagna and many more. The recently opened section of musical instruments displays ancient and unique masterpieces by Stradivari and Bartolomeo Cristofori,
the clavichord maker who invented the piano without having, in his life, the success that the history of music then granted to his invention.

Michelangelo’s David and Prisoners
Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabines
Botticelli’s Madonna and Child and Madonna of the Sea