La Spezia, Italy
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See Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa while in port in La Spezia on this full-day, independent excursion. Head first to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, with a private driver and explore the Boboli Gardens, Pitti Palace or other top attractions at your leisure. Afterward, travel to Pisa to see the Piazza dei Miracoli and snap some pictures with the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Upgrade your ticket to include guided tours in both cities, as well as skip-the-line tickets to the Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia 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
Begin your excursion with pickup from your cruise port in La Spezia, where you’ll meet your private driver and take off through the Tuscan countryside.

Arrive first in Florence, driving up the Viale dei Colli toward Piazzale Michelangelo, a stunning terrace featuring panoramic views over the Arno Valley.

From here, follow your own itinerary with the help of your personal driver. Take a scenic stroll through the Boboli Gardens or admire the art collection inside the Pitti Palace, once home to the powerful Medici family.

Head to the Piazza del Duomo for an up-close look at the city’s most iconic architecture. Gaze up at the Duomo, the accompanying Baptistery and Giotto's Bell Tower (admission fees at own expense). Consider walking over to the Piazza della Repubblica next, another bustling hub of shops and cafés. Admire the triumphal arch, or pause for an Italian espresso to relax and refuel.

Afterward, hop back in the car for the 40-minute ride to Pisa. Head to the Piazza dei Miracoli, home to the Cathedral, Baptistery and the renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa. Afterward, opt for a trip to Piazza dei Cavalieri to see the historic Scuola Normale, before concluding your trip with transportation back to La Spezia.

To upgrade your ticket to include guided tours in each city and skip-the-line museum tickets, see the Itinerary section below.

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.


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.


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, Sep 2018

Good service Gianfranco the guide was very nice we love Florence and Pisa the city was pretty peoples friendly

, Oct 2017

This tour was awesome. Our tour guide and driver Antonio was very knowledgable and answered all of our questions about Florence and Pisa. Thouroughly recommend it

, Jun 2017

Get a guide in order to have the best experience. Also, note you must take the bus to meet the guide. We had no idea, so we lost some trip time.

, Jun 2017

There is no better way to know and explore the history and beauty of a city such as Florence than with a local and that was our experience with Luigi Valerio, our driver. He was extremely responsible, respectful and very committed to his work, making our day memorable. By knowing the most beautiful places like no one else, we were able to enjoy the city at its greatest splendor. My recommendation, stay away from those large buses tours and coordinate a private tour as we did, you'll never regret it.

, May 2017

We had a very full, amazing day in Florence/ Pisa. Alessandro did a great job as our driver. He picked us up promptly at the cruise port and took us to Florence where we met with Marzia who gave us a fascinating walking tour of downtown Florence and the Accademia Gallery. She knew everything about the history of Florence and her knowledge of art was unbelievable. After our tour with Marzia, Alessandro picked us up again and took us to Pisa where we had time to walk and see the leaning tower and the surrounding buildings. He had us back to the cruise port perfectly on time! It was a great day!!

, Aug 2016

Excellent driver, Luigi was professional and extremely knowledgeable of Italy. He arrived on time, was very accomodating and the van was awesome. He truly made my families experience to Florence and Pisa amazing!!!

, Aug 2016

If you have 1 day in port to visit Florence, this is the way to go. Our driver, Carlo, was marvelous. Very knowledgeable and engaging. Showed us a lot of sites to and from Florence and gave us a tour around the city. Our guide was Bridgett. Wonderful lady, very gracious and enjoyable. Showed us through the museums, basilica's and walked the center of Florence. Well worth the money.

, Aug 2016

We used several companies during our 10 day trip to Europe and this was by far the nicest vehicle. Leonardo was our driver. He was so polite, very prompt, and his his knowledge of of the sights was astounding! He was great. This was a very long excursion and it was nice to have such a large vehicle for our party of 6. When we got to the Academia, our private guide was Rosanna. She was very good. She also took us to the best Gelato place. Our only suggestion is that while Leonardo was explaining the sites, he kept turning his head, and that made my mother, very nervous. So she complained. Otherwise, it was excellent. But Leonardo is a professional in every way and I felt safe the entire time and his knowledge of the sites was simply amazing.

, Aug 2016

This WAS actually a private tour which was not always the case for tours we had booked for other shore excursions - only our family of five. Our driver, Giovanni: was awesome professional and friendly happy to share his knowledge and experiences. Excellent tour guide with an immaculate Mercedes Benz minivan and WIFI - which was great during the 2 hour drive to Florence! Once we arrived in Florence, he connected us directly to our walking tour guide, Gabriela, who was amazing. She shared her vast knowledge of art and history in a way that was interesting, even for our 16 and 13 year-old sons! We would not have seen a fraction of the treasures in Florence in the short time available without a guide and skip-the-line tickets. Excellent shore excursion - worth the expense - highly recommend!!

, Oct 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.

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