Not a lot of time on shore? Not sure what to see and do or how to get there? Let Miles&Miles assist you in creating an unforgettable and stress-free journey! Our La Spezia Shore Excursion to Florence gives you a chance to visit this amazing city so important to Italian culture. The tours are led by expert English speaking guides who will help to create a personalized experience while taking into account your specific interests. These incredible services enable you to tour with a native Italian guide showing you the real face of the city you are visiting. The tours are available in English or Italian, and are delivered with an insight and style that keeps our tours entertaining, fun, and informative.
PORT OF CALL: LA SPEZIA
If your port of call is Livorno please let us know as we have different itineraries from Livorno and will need accurate information in order to arrange your shore excursion properly.
At 8.30AM your day starts from the drop off point after you are shuttled by the cruise line to the shuttle terminal in La Spezia where your driver escort will be waiting with a sign bearing your name. We will be waiting for you with a comfortable, air conditioned, late model Mercedes van to start out a day of amazing sightseeing.
You will set out for the incredible city of Firenze, as we Italians call it. The drive is approximately 2 hours until you reach your first stop at Piazzale Michelangelo for a panoramic view of the city. Here you will see some of the main sites of the city with a little introduction to Firenze. Before heading into the center you will make a quick stop for a cappuccino just to be sure that you are awake and ready for the day.
Florence is world renowned as the birthplace of Renaissance art, history, and architecture, and thanks to Dante, also the Italian language. You will see some of the major highlights of Florence including the main square of Piazza della Signoria, the main cathedral (known as the Duomo), and the church of Santa Croce which is the burial place of Michelangelo, Galileo and a host of other famous Florentines. There is also time for the Leather School of Florence started by the Franciscan monks, jewelry shopping on the Ponte Vecchio, and a visit to the Accademia Museum. We will be sure to make an advance reservation for you so that you can skip the cue to see Michelangelo's David. There will be time for a break and depending on your tastes and budget your driver guide will be happy to suggest the best-hidden local establishments for lunch at a local trattoria with authentic cuisine. In Florence you will thoroughly enjoy exploring the city highlights on this overview day and if you are not doing the optional walking tour, there is time to enjoy the wonderful shopping that Florence has to offer. At about 3:30 you will take in the beautiful countryside as you drive back to the port of La Spezia and will set sail with a day full of wonderful memories of this part of Italy.
Additional Information To Note:
Accademia Ticket Information:
We do not stop recommend in PISA on this trip...why?:
Due to the extra distance involved in driving from the port of La Spezia it is not recommended to stop in Pisa as it adds in additional drive time. Therefore, it is not offered so that you can have enough time to fully enjoy Florence and not break up the day.
*The order of this tour will be decided by the driver guide and may be reversed depending on your date