Shore Excursion to Florence & Tuscany, Wine Tasting Private Tour

Combine the beauty of Florence and the charm (and taste!) of the Tuscany countryside

This private tour in Florence harmoniously combines the beauty of Florence and the charm (and taste!) of the Tuscany countryside. If you are a cruise passenger arriving in Livorno with only a single day to visit Florence and you are interested in a Super Tuscan Wine tasting experience this is your tour.

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. You will have a three hours guided tour of Florence, including a visit to the original Michelangelo’s David in the Galleria dell’Accademia (All entrance fees are included in the price). The guided tour is three hours long. After a quick lunch you will go with your private car to a selected wine farm in the country side outside Florence, for a visit of the Cantina and the tasting of four Super Tuscan wines accompanied with appetizers.

FLORENCE

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
• Gallery of the Academy of Florence (Michelangelo’s David) (inside)
• Baptistery of St John (ouside)
• Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Giotto’s tower (outdoor)
• Piazza della Signoria
• Loggia dei Lanzi
• Palazzo Vecchio (cortile interno)
• Piazza della Repubblica
• Santa Croce.

THE GALLERY OF THE ACADEMY OF FLORENCE

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

The Gallery of the Academy in Florence is one of the two most popular museums 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.