Meet a driver at the exit from La Spezia cruise port for an 8am departure, then begin the one-hour, 45-minute drive to Florence in a comfortable, climate-controlled vehicle. As you enter the historic center of the city, the guide will share a bit about Florence’s grand past and vibrant culture, then lead you on a “best-of” tour through Florence highlights.
See the Gothic Basilica di Santa Croce where Michelangelo, Galileo, and Dante are buried, and soak up the atmosphere on the Piazza del Duomo. Other favorite stops include the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Tower, and the Piazza della Repubblica, and you’ll have the option to visit the Accademia Gallery, which houses Michelangelo’s David, as well as a remarkable collection of Renaissance paintings.
After a break for lunch, leave the city on the road to Pisa, an 11th-century port city with beautifully-preserved architecture. Learn about the city as you take in Pisa landmarks, from the Piazza dei Miracoli to the Campo Santo cemetery and Pisa’s leaning tower.
Following the guided tour of Pisa, enjoy time on your own to keep exploring the city on foot, then meet back up with the driver for the return trip to La Spezia, where this full-day tour concludes.