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  • Location:La Spezia, Italy
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa

Head out on an independent shore excursion from the La Spezia port to the towns of Florence and Pisa, breathing in the magical atmosphere that only Tuscany can offer. Your private driver will take you first to the historic center of Florence, where you can explore and appreciate its artistic and cultural treasures at your leisure. Then head to Pisa to see the Field of Miracles and be enchanted by its world-famous landmark, the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Prefer to see Florence and Pisa with a guide? Upgrade to include a guide in addition to the driver, and receive a skip-the-line ticket to either the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery or the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence!


  • Full-day independent shore excursion to Florence and Pisa from La Spezia with a private driver
  • See top Florence attractions like Pitti Palace or stroll through the magnificent Boboli Gardens
  • Visit attractions like the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Upgrade to include a guide and a skip-the-line ticket to either the Accademia or Uffizi galleries
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa

La Spezia Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa Day Trip

After meeting your driver at the port in La Spezia, sit back and enjoy your drive into the Tuscan countryside toward Florence. Driving up Florence’s beautiful Viale dei Colli, you'll reach the marvelous terrace called Piazzale Michelangelo, named after the artist who sculpted one of the city’s most famous pieces of art – the original David statue. From the terrace, enjoy panoramic views of Florence and the Arno Valley.

Follow an uphill road until you reach Forte Belvedere, built around 1590 to control the Florentine population in case of internal riots. Then visit Pitti Palace, home to many galleries, or stroll through the magnificent Boboli Gardens – with this independent tour, the choice is yours!

Next head off to Piazza della Repubblica and admire its triumphal arch, known as the Arcone. During this time in Florence, you decide what to do next. Perhaps walk through the Piazza del Duomo to see its magnificent Baptistery and Giotto's Bell Tower (any entrance fees at own expense).

Your shore excursion then continues to Pisa, roughly 40 minutes away. Stop by the Field of Miracles and marvel at Pisa's famous landmark, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Although it was designed to be perfectly vertical, it started to lean during construction. Your itinerary in Pisa is also flexible, so perhaps take a walk to Piazza dei Cavalieri, where you can admire the historic Scuola Normale, one of the most famous universities in Italy. After a wonderful day full of sightseeing, your driver will take you back to your ship in the La Spezia port.

Upgrade Options with Guide
To make the most out of your time in Tuscany, upgrade your tour to include a guide (in addition to your private driver). A guide can offer insight to the places that you visit and tell you more about the history Florence and Pisa. This option comes with a skip-the-line ticket to your choice of Florence’s world-famous art galleries – either the Uffizi or Accademia. On Mondays, the Accademia and the Uffizi are closed, but you can upgrade to include admission to the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio instead.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the La Spezia port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.


Customer Reviews

Barbara S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Leonardo did a superb job on our tour to Pisa and Florence. He drives a really nice MB Luxury van. Safe driver and very professional. Nice guy.

Donald N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Judy was a wonderful tour guide. We did the half day tour and were very pleased with the content. Pick up and drop off from the port was convenient and comfortable. Highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

One of our best tours! We only had 1 day from our ship and we received the best! The company, Prestige Rent provides superb service. Our driver, Francesco, was excellent. He gave us great information as we rode through the countryside! It made our ride very enjoyable. We then met our walking tour guide, Emilio. WOW! He was an impressive young man and we learned so much about Florence in a short period of time! We definitely saw the best of Florence. His knowledge and communication was great! We went right past the lines into the Accademia Museum. Francesco met us promptly after our tour and took us to Michelangelo Square for the views of the city and then on to Pisa. An excellent driver and guide! We were back to our ship in plenty of time. Highly recommend!

Barbara W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent experience


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had an amazing experience with this tour. Our driver Leonardo is local and very knowledgeable about the place. He was like a tour guide to us too, very informative . He showed us around the beautiful and popular places of Florence . We had lunch in Florence and did a little of shopping. Then headed to Pisa. He dropped us close to the tower. We are very thankful to Leonardo because he was able to fit a lot of sights in a short amount of time. I definitely recommend this tour and request for Leonardo as a tour driver.

Shauna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Our guide was awesome! He was very friendly and knowledgeable!

Bruce Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Everything was top rate 1st class! Both our driver and guide were extremely knowledgeable and professional! We saw many highlights, had great food and a fantastic time! Both the guide and driver were flexible and got us back to the ship on time. I will use Viator for all future excursions! Fantastic company !

Karen G

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

This was the third tour on our trip. How convenient it is to be picked up at your port and taken privately to the placed you want to see. Our guide was very friendly and was informative.

Martie E

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2013

Our tour guide was great - we did not go to pisa, but drove by and walked the streets. There were 9
of us in a private tour and we felt the day was very informative and special.

Penny H

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2014

This tour is too short to accomplish if you are coming into port from La Spezia. The drive is beautiful but takes to long to leave any time to enjoy Florence. Our driver did his best to keep us moving and out of traffic so we didn't loose any time in traffic. He was very friendly and arrived on time

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