Mini tour of the Uffizi or visit to the Academy (to see Michelangelo’s David)
A walk into the historical heart of Florence
SOUVENIRS OF FLORENCE
‘Souvenirs of Florence’ is a cruisers’ excursion – You’ll be greeted and picked up directly at your ship’s dock in Livorno. A car or a minivan and an English speaking professional driver will transfer you to Florence in about an hour.
Along the road you’ll start to familiarize with the Tuscan landscape, made of hills, vineyards, olive groves, Mediterranean scrub and Medieval hamlets.
Once in Florence you’ll meet your city guide who, like a good Florentine friend, rather than showing you too many things in a hurry, will try to give you a general idea of the city and a good historical background, with enough time to take pictures and ask questions!Of course will shall see Piazza del Duomo, and architectural jewel made of powerful architectures clad in marvelous colored marbles and topped by Brunelleschi’s famous Dome!
And naturally we’ll tell you about the Duomo itself – and about Giotto’s Bell Tower and the old noble Baptistery.
During ‘Souvenirs of Florence’ the history of Florence and the Renaissance will start unfolding in front of your eyes!
We’ll stroll to Piazza della Signoria and stop by Palazzo Vecchio, the civic heart of Florence, and by the always busy Loggia dei Lanzi, with its great statues and its stories.In no time we’ll reach Ponte Vecchio, enjoy the jewelers’ shops and…
…the timeless atmosphere and, across the river, slow down a moment for a drink or a good gelato.
Along narrow medieval streets we head to San Lorenzo neighborhood, with its Renaissance monumental complex, sponsored by the Medici family, who lived here for many generations.
San Lorenzo is also world known for its fantastic food market: wine, cheese, meats, olive oil and much more !
At this point, cherry on the cake, we round up our tour with a visit to the Accademia Gallery, where Michelangelo’s David is waiting for you !
At this point your guide will say goodbye, not without having provided you with lunch and shopping tips plus instructions about your trip back to the ship.
After the David you will still have some time for eating, shopping, browsing around.
You will meet your driver around 3:45 pm and, exhausted but full of good memories, you’ll relax on the way back.
As an alternative, instead of the David, we could include a mini visit to the Uffizi Galleries, just to see the Birth of Venus by Botticelli and a restricted number of other masterpieces.
In this case the guided tour will be designed to end here.
Souvenirs of Florence can be customized according to your time and interests.
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