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Shore Tours - From Livorno (Dock) to Pisa or Lucca and Florence

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Itinerary: About the excursion from Livorno: This excursion combines a brief visit to Pisa to admire "Piazza dei Miracoli"and the famous "Leaning Tower", then via the modern highway to Florence. Your driver-guide will be pleased to meet you at the pier to start your tour. Upon reaching the city, you will pause at Piazzale Michelangelo for a spectacular view of Florence, the entire Arno Valley and the Ponte Vecchio crossing the Arno River. You'll visit the Church of Santa Croce where Michelangelo is buried. You will have some free time for shopping before continuing to "Accademia Museum" to visit the DAVID by Michelangelo and/or to the "Uffizi Gallery". (let me know if you want the reservation made so you won't have to wait in lines). On monday Accademia Museum and Uffizi Gallery are closed! After the Museum you continue to the main square of the city: S.Maria del Fiore: the Cathedral, the Giotto bell tower, the Baptistry and S. Lorenzo district famous for leathers market. You can stop for an optional lunch to enjoy the traditional Italian cuisine. In the first afternoon you continue by drive to Piazza Signoria, stroll along the narrows streets visiting Palazzo Vecchio (headquarter of the Medici family) and Ponte Vecchio famous for the "Gold market". Time permitting, your tour ends driving by the rolling hills of Chianti countryside along the way back to the port. Admission fee not included in my rates: Accademia: Euro 12 p.p. Uffizzi Gallery Euro 12 p.p.

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11 Shore Tours - From Livorno (Dock) to Pisa or Lucca and Florence (9 hours) Euro 500,00 Euro 540,00 Euro 580,00

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The best-known site and crowning architectural jewel of Florence is the domed cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore, known as The Duomo. The magnificent dome was built by Filippo Brunelleschi. The nearby Campanile tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery buildings are also highlights. Both the dome itself and the campanile are open to tourists and offer excellent views. At the heart of the city in Piazza della Signoria is Bartolomeo Ammanati's Fountain of Neptune, which is a masterpiece of marble sculpture at the terminus of a still functioning Roman aqueduct. The San Lorenzo contains the Medici Chapel, the mausoleum of the Medici family - the most powerful family in Florence from the 15th to the 18th century. Nearby is the Uffizi Gallery, one of the finest art galleries in the world - founded on a large bequest from the last member of the Medici family. Most important museums in Florence are the Uffizi (holding masterpieces from Michelangelo, Raffaello, Botticelli, Beato Angelico, Rubens, Rembrant..) and the Accademia, whose collection's highlights are Michelangelo's David and his unfinished Slaves. Across the Arno is the huge Pitti Palace containing part of the Medici family's former private collection. In addition to the Medici collection the palace's galleries contain a large number of Renaissance works, including several by Raphael and Titian as well as a large collection of modern art, costumes, cattiages, and porcerlain. Adjoining the Palace are the Boboli Gardens, elaborately landscaped and with many interesting sculptures. The Santa Croce basilica, originally a Franciscan foundation, contains the monumental tombs of Galileo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Dante (actually a cenotaph), and many other notables. Other important basilicas and churches in Florence include Santa Maria Novella, San Lorenzo, Santo Spirito and the Orsanmichele.


The origin of the town of Lucca are remembered in its name, which comes from a word "luk" meaning "maarshy place". It was colonized by Rome in the early 2C: b.C. and still has the layout of a Roman military encampment. It was a large town when Caesar, Pompeo and Crassus met there to form the First Triumvirate. The streets and squares of "Old Lucca" have lost nothing of their former distinctive character and harmonious medley of Gothic and Renaissance styles. They are steeped in charm through their palaces, nobleman's towers, old shops. The most famous place in Lucca is "Piazza dell'Anfiteatro". The houses lead into this unusual enclosed oval space, which occupies the site of an "anphitheatre built by the Romans in the 2C. The anphitheatre fell into ruin during Barbarian invasions and provided a large part of the building materials used during "Middle Ages " to reconstruct the town churchs. The site was later covered by houses.


The leaning tower, the belltower of the cathedral is the symbol of the city. Its famous angle has made it one of the most popular turist attraction in the world. There is no doubt that the architect did not intend the tower to lean. Its angle is causated by the alluvial soil, which is not compact enought to bear the weight of the building. The work begun by Bonanno Pisano in 1173 and reached the first floor when the first subsidence occurred. The architect ignored it and another two storeys were built. When the second subsidence occurred, work stopped and did not start abain until a century later when another architect tried to correct the angle of slope by ensuring that the side which was sinking into the ground carried less weight. He died before his work was comleted. The top of the bell tower was added in 1350. This prestigious square, which is also known as "Piazza dei Miracoli" contains four buildings which constitute an exeptionally beautiful sight- one of the most famous in the world.