Silversea Luxury Cruises A Livorno (Tuscany)

Livorno (Tuscany)
Livorno (Tuscany)

Livorno is a gritty city with a long and interesting history. In the early Middle Ages it alternately belonged to Pisa and Genoa. In 1421 Florence, seeking access to the sea, bought it. Cosimo I (1519–74) started construction of the harbor in 1571, putting Livorno on the map. After Ferdinando I de' Medici (1549–1609) proclaimed Livorno a free city, it became a haven for people suffering from religious persecution; Roman Catholics from England and Jews and Moors from Spain and Portugal, among others, settled here. View more

The Quattro Mori (Four Moors), also known as the Monument to Ferdinando I, commemorates this. (The statue of Ferdinando I dates from 1595, the bronze Moors by Pietro Tacca from the 1620s.) In the following centuries, and particularly in the 18th, Livorno boomed as a port. In the 19th century the town drew a host of famous Britons passing through on their grand tours. Its prominence continued up to World War II, when it was heavily bombed. Much of the town's architecture, therefore, postdates the war, and it's somewhat difficult to imagine what it might have looked like before. Livorno has recovered from the war, however, as it's become a huge point of departure for container ships, as well as the only spot in Tuscany for cruise ships to dock for the day. Most of Livorno's artistic treasures date from the 17th century and aren't all that interesting unless you dote on obscure baroque artists. Livorno's most famous native artist, Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920), was of much more recent vintage. Sadly, there's no notable work by him in his hometown. There may not be much in the way of art, but it's still worth strolling around the city. The Mercato Nuovo, which has been around since 1894, sells all sorts of fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, and fish. Outdoor markets nearby are also chock-full of local color. The presence of Camp Darby, an American military base just outside town, accounts for the availability of many American products. If you have time, Livorno is worth a stop for lunch or dinner at the very least.

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Excursões em Livorno (Tuscany)

Accademia delle Belle Arti Museum

In 1784, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo, converted the friary of San Matteo and the convent of San Niccolò di Cafaggio to house the Gallery so students in the adjoining Accademia delle Belle Arti (Fine Arts Academy) could study the greatest works of the past.

Today, it is visited mostly by people who want to see Michelangelo's David. Undoubtedly the world's most famous sculpture, the museum also houses five other Michelangelo sculptures - the four unfinished Prisoners and St. Matthew - and a collection of Gothic and Renaissance paintings that were once in the Medici collections.

Join the "Florence on Your Own" tour and depart the pier for the approximate 1.5-hour drive to Florence. En route, your guide provides you with historical and practical information about the city, along with a detailed map of the historical centre to make it easier to get around. This visit represents an ideal tour for visitors who have been to Florence before, or feel independent enough to explore the city without the help of a local guide.

Upon arrival in Florence, you are dropped off at Lungarno Pecori Giraldi. From here walk to Piazza Santa Croce which is a city of many layers, Florence is at once an overrun tourist magnet and a living, breathing Medieval city that is home to proud Florentines. The stomping ground of Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Dante and Machiavelli, among others, Florence and its cultural importance cannot be overstated. It is home to three of the world's most renowned museums, the Uffizi, Galleria dell'Accademia and the Bargello, and boasts an incredible number of important churches that house equally-important master works.

Tickets are pre-reserved for 12:00 (Noon) only. Guests touring independently and those on tour, please meet the Silversea representative at the entrance to the museum to obtain your pre-reserved tickets. The museum requires a moderate amount of walking. The museum portion of this excursion is recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Tickets are very limited; we suggest booking well in advance to avoid disappointment.

David

Michelangelo's David arrived in 1873, moved here from the Piazza della Signoria in order to better conserve it. A copy of the statue still stands in Piazza della Signoria where it formerly was displayed. Despite the familiarity of the statue's image, the sheer size of the marble statue comes as a surprise. Commissioned by the Opera del Duomo in 1501, the work was deliberately designed to symbolize the virtues of Republican Florence and freedom from foreign and papal domination. Recently, it has come to symbolize the ultimate symbol of the artistic and intellectual ambitions of the Renaissance.

The 16-foot high block of marble was transformed in 3 years into the work of art that was to establish, along with the Pietà displayed at the Vatican, Michelangelo's reputation as the foremost sculptor of his day. David was always intended as an outdoor sculpture which explains some of the extraordinary physical distortions evident in the statue, such as the overly large hands and head. Even the eyes are made to be looked at from below; when examined from statue eye level, in fact, the two eyes were found to be looking in different directions.

Accademia

Among the other works housed in the Galleria are Giambologna's original plaster copy of the Rape of the Sabines (original marble one located in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza della Signoria), Botticelli's Madonna and Child and Madonna of the Sea, and a few works by Perugino, Filippino Lippi, Pontormo, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Bronzino. There is also an extensive collection of plaster models from the 18th century as well as early 13th century religious works by Giovanni di Milano, the Orcagna brothers, Taddeo Gaddi and others that were followers of Giotto.

Recently, the treasured collection of musical instruments from the "Luigi Cherubini" Conservatory of Music has been added to the collection, enhancing the museum's holdings.

Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking and is not suitable for guest with limited mobility, if intended to explore Florence. The museum portion of this excursion is recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The coach is not permitted to drop guests into the city centre and a walk of about 15 minutes between the coach park and town is necessary. Guests must meet at the pre-arranged time and place advised by your escort for the return drive to Livorno and your awaiting ship. Guests failing to re-join their coach and escort as advised, will be responsible for returning to Livorno at their own expense. Bring local currency or credit cards for any purchases. Free time in Florence for independent exploration is approximately 6 hours. The tour inside the Accademia is not a guided tour. It offers entrance only with skip the line tickets.

Bocelli Essence of Wine with Lunch

Experience the essence and flavours of the Bocelli Estate and Vineyards during this picturesque, full-day sightseeing excursion with lunch.


Livorno, Lajatico, Theatre of Silence

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive through the panoramic Tuscany en route to Lajatico, the hometown of Maestro Andrea Bocelli. Upon arrival, a visit is made to the enormous Teatro del Silenzio Arena (Theatre of Silence), where the Maestro holds his annual concert each year. Following your visit, re-board your coach and head to the Bocelli Estate and Vineyards.


Bocelli Estate and Vineyards, Officine Bocelli, Wine Tasting, Museum, Tuscan Lunch

Upon arrival, lose yourself in the splendid Tuscan flavours and landscapes during a visit to the Bocelli Estate and Vineyards. Enjoy a delightful wine tasting accompanied by local specialities at the Officine Bocelli, where Alessio Bocelli, nephew of Andrea Bocelli, explains the history of his various wines. Following your wine tasting, explore the estate's museum, which is dedicated to the Maestro's achievements, then proceed for a four-course Tuscan lunch accompanied by Bocelli wine.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 328 yards (about 300 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and ten steps at the museum. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages.

Bocelli Seaside Experience

Indulge your senses with the scenic splendour, elegance and flavours of the Bocelli Alpemare Beach Club during this relaxing, full-day sightseeing excursion.


Livorno, Pietrasanta, Free Time, Tuscan Riviera, Apuan Alps, Alpemare Beach Club, Forte dei Marmi

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the historic town of Pietrasanta, nestled between the lively Tuscan Riviera and beautiful Apuan Alps. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to explore this lovely enclave at your leisure. Afterward, re-board your coach and head to the beautiful Bocelli Alpemare Beach Club. Its location in Forte dei Marmi, situated between the Ligurian Sea and gorgeous Alps in the background, makes the Bocelli Alpemare Beach Club a true paradise.


Bocelli Wine Tasting with Local Specialities, Four-Course Tuscan Lunch with Bocelli Wine

Whilst relaxing at the Bocelli Alpemare Beach Club, enjoy a tasting of Bocelli wines accompanied by fresh fish appetisers. Afterward, indulge in a delicious, four-course lunch prepared by Chef Dario Leonardi and accompanied by a select Bocelli wine. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 875 yards (about 800 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the churches in Pietrasanta. Walking in Pietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the churches; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Castagneto Carducci & Exclusive Visit of the Castle della Gherardesca

Castles and historic mansions in Italy have traditionally been family inheritances; Italy and France have a few notable examples of estates that survived their respective political upheavals. These are also notable because of their new found rarity. Make an exclusive visit to the Castle of Castagneto owned by the Della Gherardesca Counts.

Meet your English speaking guide and your driver at the port and drive towards Castagneto Carducci, approximately 1-hour away. This is one of the most popular villages on the Etruscan Coast of Tuscany.

Castagneto Carducci

Perched on a hillside less than 10km (6.2 miles) from the sea, the village centre of Castagneto has grown around the imposing medieval castle located on the hilltop. The city was called "Castagneto Marittima" until the beginning of 1900s when its name was changed to "Castagneto Carducci" in honour of Giosuè Carducci, one of the greatest Italian poets of the XIX century who spent part of his childhood here. Walking through the village you will come across the imposing Palazzo Comunale, with its dominant position at the beginning of Via Marconi, a long street that makes its way downhill towards the coast. It houses the city's Town Hall and its offices.

Castle Della Gherardesca

A very pretty lane leads you to the 10th century Castle where you will enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the period rooms and family portrait gallery. Enjoy the spectacular view from the original rampart walk running between two lovely enclosed gardens. Today, this is a lived-in castle and a private mansion, not normally open to the public. It has belonged to the same noble family of the Counts della Gherardesca for 32 generations, where the siblings of the current generation come to spend their summer holidays and reside during the year. You will experience the pleasure of walking through the gates of the castle to get into the small cobblestone streets of the picturesque village, having set off in a very unique and privileged way of discovering it. Take a glimpse of the local country lifestyle, with many wonderful, unique and exclusive photo opportunities. The modern use of the house hasn't erased its history which lives through the family portraits, the period furnishings, the maps and the family trees with the most pedigreed Italian lineages intertwined. The coat of arms itself embodies the major characteristics of the dynasty: Half Imperial Eagle, granted by Frederick I Holy Roman Emperor; red, evoking heraldic copper and the enemies' blood; gold symbolizing the land and fortified castles property of the family that allowed the defence of Tuscany from the costal invasions of Moors and Saracens. All of this speaks in the language of the eldest spirit of the Tuscan art of war.

The Gherardescas are without a doubt unyielding: they are probably the only Italian family inhabiting the same place for over 1200 years. They've always made it through the centuries, assail after assail, due to many different alliances and political skills, at times amongst Guelphs and Ghilbellines. After a visit of their wonderful and historic Castle, you will be served drinks and canapes in the garden or in one of the state rooms. After, enjoy some time to roam free in the village of Castagneto Carducci with is charming alleyways and shopping.

Re-board your coach for the approximate 1-hour drive back to Livorno.

Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately .62 miles (about one kilometres) over paved, gravel and cobblestone ground, with a few steps to negotiate at the castle. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Please note that due to the exclusivity of the location some dates may be cancelled at a later stage due to the specific request of the family.

Cooking class in Livorno

Discover the secrets to preparing authentic and delicious Italian cuisine during this interactive, half-day cooking excursion with lunch.


Livorno, Aragosta Restaurant and Chef Introductions

Depart the pier for the short guided stroll to the Aragosta restaurant. Upon arrival, meet the chef and receive a brief introduction to the restaurant and today's activities. Afterward, your chef escorts you on a guided walking tour through the centre of town en route to Livorno's Central Market.


Central Market Tour and Local Speciality Tasting

Situated near the main canal, this huge Neo-Classical building dates from the late-19th century, and is open every morning from Monday to Saturday. Five entrances lead into the main food hall, where several shops and stalls sell meat, eggs, poultry, ham, cheese, bread, wine, and a vast selection of interesting specialities. There are two adjoining smaller halls; one dedicated to fresh fish, and the other to fruit and vegetables. The aroma of freshly-ground coffee is often the first to reach you from one of the coffee stalls. Following your market visit and shopping, proceed for a tasting of a local speciality made from chick pea flour, 'torta di ceci', then walk back to the Aragosta restaurant with the chef.


Interactive Cooking Class with Lunch

Upon arrival, begin your interactive cooking class. Learn about and help make fresh pasta with a delicious and traditional tomato sauce. Some local dishes are also part of the class. Seafood 'panzanella' is a rich and delicious variation on the classic panzanella. The concept of poor cuisine, based only on ingredients that can be picked from the kitchen garden, is lost, but the result is a new interpretation full of flavour. Fish balls are a delicious and light dish, and a specialty of this restaurant. Dessert consists of 'tiramisu', which is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, and flavoured with cocoa. Following your cooking class, enjoy a lunch consisting of the dishes you've helped to prepare. At the conclusion of your visit, commence the short walk back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.24 miles (about two kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get enter the Central Market; a ramp is available. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Florence on your Own

Experience the spectacular medieval beauty, architecture and landmarks of Florence during this full-day tour of the city at your leisure. This is the perfect tour for all those who have been to Florence before or feel independent enough to explore it without the help of a local guide.


Depart the pier for the approximate 1.5-hour drive to Florence. En route, your guide provides you with historical and practical information about the city, along with a detailed map of the historical centre to make it easier to get around. This visit represents an ideal tour for visitors who have been to Florence before, or feel independent enough to explore the city without the help of a local guide.


Florence

Upon arrival in Florence, you are dropped off at Lungarno Pecori Giraldi. From here walk to Piazza Santa Croce which is a city of many layers, Florence is at once an overrun tourist magnet and a living, breathing Medieval city that is home to proud Florentines. The stomping ground of Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Dante and Machiavelli, among others, Florence and its cultural importance cannot be overstated. It is home to three of the world's most renowned museums, the Uffizi,


Galleria dell'Accademia and the Bargello, and boasts an incredible number of important churches that house equally-important master works.

A walker's city, the centre of Florence is a compact labyrinth of alleys and piazzas. During your visit, the Ponte Vecchio, Boboli Gardens, Pitti Palace and the Duomo are but a few of the many exquisite sights the city has to offer.


Following your day in Florence on your own please return to Piazza Santa Croce at the appointed time for the approximate 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking and is not suitable for guest with limited mobility. The coach is not permitted to drop guests into the city centre and a walk of about 15 minutes between the coach park and town is necessary. Guests must meet at the pre-arranged time and place advised by your escort for the return drive to Livorno and your awaiting ship. Guests failing to re-join their coach and escort as advised, will be responsible for returning to Livorno at their own expense. Bring local currency or credit cards for any purchases. Tickets for the Uffizi Gallery (not available on Mondays) and Accademia delle Belle Arti (not available on Mondays) should be reserved in advance, as they are optional add-ons for this tour and must be reserved separately. In order to have tickets for the Accademia delle Belle Arti, please reserve excursion (LIV-I). In order to have tickets for the Uffizi Gallery, please reserve excursion (LIV-J). By reserving one or the other of the excursions for museum tickets, you will join this excursion for transportation but will have tickets. Free time in Florence for independent exploration is approximately 6 hours.

Guided Tour of Florence

Discover the exquisite beauty, art and architecture of Florence during a full-day tour of this historic city, along with some time for independent shopping and exploration.


Florence is the Italian city most celebrated by artists and poets. Each street, palace and building is living evidence of its glorious past and proud people.


Depart the pier in Livorno via coach for the approximate two-hour drive to Florence, with a comfort stop made en route. Upon arrival, meet your guide and commence your walking tour of the city.


Piazza del Duomo

Your tour begins at the Piazza del Duomo, where an inside visit is made at the huge Cathedral, St. Mary of the Flower. The church is adorned with an impressive façade decorated in white, green and pink Tuscan marble. Highlights to be seen during your visit include the Bell Tower, designed in 1334 by Giotto, and the Baptistery. Its celebrated doors, known as the 'Gates of Paradise', were commissioned in 1401 and designed by Lorenzo Ghiberti.


Piazza della Signoria

Your next stop is the Piazza della Signoria. It is Florence's second major piazza, and the political centre of the city because of its Town Hall, or 'Palazzo Vecchio'. The Piazza della Signoria is also known as an open-air museum thanks to its many statues, which include Cellini's Perseus, Giambologna's The Rape of the Sabine Women, Ammannati's Neptune Fountain and a replica of Michelangelo's famous David.


Ponte Vecchio

Your tour continues on with a visit to Ponte Vecchio, also known as the 'Old Bridge'. Ponte Vecchio dates back to 1345, and is the only bridge in Florence to escape being blown up during World War II. It originally housed the workshops of the butchers before they were driven away by the Grand Duke, Ferdinando I, due to the terrible noise and stench they created. Ponte Vecchio was subsequently used as a workplace for goldsmiths and silversmiths; their shops still remain here to this day.


Piazza di Santa Croce

The final stop on your guided tour is the eastern quarter of Santa Croce, home of the Piazza di Santa Croce. Upon arrival, an outside visit is made to the Franciscan Basilica that dominates this large square. Over the years, the basilica's construction involved a renowned cast of Florentine architects and masters, including Brunelleschi, Vasari, Giotto and Donatello. Each summer, the Piazza Santa Croce plays host to the 'Calcio in Costume'. During this historical game, the hefty men of the four quarters of Florence battle it out in an ancient mix of wrestling and soccer, and are cheered on by residents and visitors alike. For most of the year, however, the square is a peaceful open space surrounded by stately palazzo, and intimate pizzerias and restaurants.


Following your guided tour, ample time is made available for lunch on your own and shopping. At the conclusion of your visit, walk from the Piazza Santa Croce to the pick-up point at Lungarno Pecori Giraldi, then re-board your coach for the 1.5-hour return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is over cobblestone streets. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. On Sundays and religious holidays, inside visits of cathedrals and churches are not possible due to religious services in progress. Headsets are provided during the guided tour of Florence. A minimum number of guests per guide are required to operate this programme.

Lucca and the Garden of Palazzo Pfanner

Indulge your senses with the splendid beauty of historic Lucca and the Garden of Palazzo Pfanner during this half-day sightseeing excursion. Lucca deserves to be seen and admired not only for the works of art it encloses, but also for being a rare and precious example of an almost intact historic centre.

Lucca and Church of San Frediano

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to medieval Lucca. The impressive walls surrounding the city date from the 16th century, and enclose and isolate Lucca in their green parks, gardens and promenade. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the town and its nearly-intact historic centre. Your first stop is at the Church of San Frediano (outside visit), popular for the large Byzantine mosaic inserted in its façade.


Roman Amphitheatre and Cathedral of San Martino

Next, proceed for a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre. Built outside the walls in the 1st or 2nd century, it is dotted with cafés and shops, and among the highlights of the town. Afterward, stop by the 6th-century Cathedral of San Martino for an outside view.


Piazza San Michele and Palazzo Pfanner Garden

Leaving the cathedral, continue on to the Piazza San Michele (outside visit only). Located near the ancient Roman Forum, it has remained the centre of town for centuries. Your last stop is at the lovely Palazzo Pfanner Garden, which abuts the city walls and is centred on a large fountain and pool. Upon arrival, you are served prosecco wine and snacks in the garden.


Your tour concludes with some free time for shopping before re-boarding your coach for the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.



Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing for approximately two miles (about 3.2 km) over some cobblestones, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 10 steps at the churches. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Explore the fascinating streets and squares of Lucca during a scenic and memorable half-day tour of this historic medieval city. Lucca endears itself to everyone who visits, hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls with cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades; it makes for a perfect destination to explore by foot.


Depart the pier for the approximate 45-minute drive to Lucca. Upon arrival, your tour begins inside the massive red bricks walls, which were built between 1504 and 1645, and are amongst the best-preserved Renaissance defenses in Europe.


Lucca

Lucca is enclosed by massive red brick walls, which help to give the city its special character by shutting out traffic and the modern world. Within these walls, Lucca is a peaceful city of narrow lanes, preserving intact its ancient Roman street plan. Unlike several other Tuscany's cities, Lucca is flat; many locals use bicycles, which impart an additional charm to the city. This memorable outing is ideal for those looking to experience a Tuscan city that is rich in history, art and architecture, but is hidden from the crowds of tourists.


Church of San Michele

Along the way, an outside visit is made to the Church of San Michele in Foro, which stands on the site of the ancient Roman Forum. It has a wonderfully-rich Pisan Romanesque façade that competes in splendour with that of St. Martin.


Guinigi Tower

Another outside visit is then made to the Guinigi Tower, one of many in Lucca that belonged to the Guinigi family, rulers of the city in the 15th century. The tower has a small roof garden, with some trees sprouting incongruously at the top.


Anfiteatro Romano

Next, proceed to the Anfiteatro Romano, formerly the ancient Roman Amphitheatre. Today, it is enclosed by medieval houses that were built up against the walls of the amphitheatre. It's perfectly-preserved shape reminds us that Lucca was founded by the Romans in 180 B.C.


Church of San Frediano

From here, continue on to the Church of San Frediano, which is adorned with a striking façade and a 13th-century mosaic (outside visit only). Inside, there is a splendid Romanesque font and beautiful frescoes. In the chapel dedicated to Santa Zita, her well-preserved body is interred.


Church of San Martino

Your next stop is the Church of San Martino (outside visit only). Lucca's extraordinary cathedral, its façade abuts incongruously on to the campanile. St. Martin is the Roman soldier depicted on the façade dividing his cloak with a sword to share with a needy beggar.


Via Fillungo

The guided portion of your visit concludes at Via Fillungo, Lucca's principal shopping street, which winds its way through the heart of the city towards the Roman Amphitheatre.


Following your walking tour, some free time is made available for exploring the area and browsing the shops at your leisure before re-boarding your coach for the return drive to the pier.



Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 3.5km (2.17 miles), some of which is over cobblestone surfaces, and there are steps to climb. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. There will be an exterior visit only should a mass be in progress at the church. Guests may be able to enter on an individual basis to view the interior. Tour sequence may vary.

Medieval Lucca Guided in Spanish

Explore the fascinating streets and squares of Lucca during a scenic and memorable half-day tour of this historic medieval city. Lucca endears itself to everyone who visits, hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls with cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades; it makes for a perfect destination to explore by foot.


Depart the pier for the approximate 45-minute drive to Lucca. Upon arrival, your tour begins inside the massive red bricks walls, which were built between 1504 and 1645, and are amongst the best-preserved Renaissance defenses in Europe.


Lucca

Lucca is enclosed by massive red brick walls, which help to give the city its special character by shutting out traffic and the modern world. Within these walls, Lucca is a peaceful city of narrow lanes, preserving intact its ancient Roman street plan. Unlike several other Tuscany's cities, Lucca is flat; many locals use bicycles, which impart an additional charm to the city. This memorable outing is ideal for those looking to experience a Tuscan city that is rich in history, art and architecture, but is hidden from the crowds of tourists.


Church of San Michele

Along the way, an outside visit is made to the Church of San Michele in Foro, which stands on the site of the ancient Roman Forum. It has a wonderfully-rich Pisan Romanesque façade that competes in splendour with that of St. Martin.


Guinigi Tower

Another outside visit is then made to the Guinigi Tower, one of many in Lucca that belonged to the Guinigi family, rulers of the city in the 15th century. The tower has a small roof garden, with some trees sprouting incongruously at the top.


Anfiteatro Romano

Next, proceed to the Anfiteatro Romano, formerly the ancient Roman Amphitheatre. Today, it is enclosed by medieval houses that were built up against the walls of the amphitheatre. It's perfectly-preserved shape reminds us that Lucca was founded by the Romans in 180 B.C.


Church of San Frediano

From here, continue on to the Church of San Frediano (outside visit only), which is adorned with a striking façade and a 13th-century mosaic. Inside, there is a splendid Romanesque font and beautiful frescoes. In the chapel dedicated to Santa Zita, her well-preserved body is interred.


Church of San Martino

Your next stop is the Church of San Martino (outside visit only). Lucca's extraordinary cathedral, its façade abuts incongruously on to the campanile. St. Martin is the Roman soldier depicted on the façade dividing his cloak with a sword to share with a needy beggar. I


Via Fillungo

The guided portion of your visit concludes at Via Fillungo, Lucca's principal shopping street, which winds its way through the heart of the city towards the Roman Amphitheatre.


Following your walking tour, some free time is made available for exploring the area and browsing the shops at your leisure before re-boarding your coach for the return drive to the pier.



Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 3.5km (2.17 miles), some of which is over cobblestone surfaces, and there are steps to climb. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. There will be an exterior visit only should a mass be in progress at the church. Guests may be able to enter on an individual basis to view the interior. Tour sequence may vary.

Monuments of Pisa

Discover the beauty of Pisa during this scenic, half-day tour of the city's historic landmarks, including the world-renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Since the beginning of the tourist brochure, Pisa has been known for just one thing, the Leaning Tower. However, this world-renowned landmark is but one component of the city's amazing religious core, the Campo dei Miracoli. Here, the Duomo, Baptistery and Camposanto complete an unrivalled quartet of medieval masterpieces. These and a dozen or so churches and palazzo scattered about the town belong to Pisa's 'Golden Age', which took place from the 11th to the 13th centuries when the city was still a port, and one of the maritime powers of the Mediterranean.

Pisa

Depart the pier for the approximate 45-minute drive to Pisa. Upon arrival at the parking area, walk to the Campo dei Miracoli and commence the guided portion of your tour.

Campo dei Miracoli

Since it was first laid out, Pisa's ecclesiastical centre has been known as the Campo dei Miracoli, or 'Field of Miracles'. The sight of it is as stunning today as it must have been to medieval travellers. Nowhere in Italy are the key buildings of a city arrayed with such precision, and nowhere else is there so beautiful a contrast of stonework and surrounding meadow.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Your next stop is the Leaning Tower of Pisa (outside visit only). Underneath the pavement and turf of the Campo dei Miracoli lies a platform of saturated sandy soil, whose instability accounts for the tilting of the Leaning Tower. Begun in 1173, construction of the tower subsided when it had reached just three storeys in height. Over the ensuing 180 years, a succession of architects continued to extend it upwards until it was finally completed and topped with a bell-chamber in 1350. Leaving the Leaning Tower, proceed to the Duomo.

The Duomo

The Duomo was built in 1064, a century before the Campanile. With its four levels of variegated colonnades and subtle interplay of dark grey marble and white stone, the Duomo is the archetype of the Pisan Romanesque style; a model often imitated but never surpassed.

The Baptistery

A visit is then made to the Baptistery. The third building of the Miracoli ensemble, the circular Baptistery is a bizarre mix; its three storeys of Romanesque arcades peak in a crest of Gothic pinnacles and its dome is shaped like the stalk of a lemon.

Piazza dei Cavalieri

Leaving the Campo dei Miracoli, visit the Piazza dei Cavalieri. One of Pisa's most interesting sites, the Piazza dei Cavalieri is a large square that opens unexpectedly from the narrow back streets, and includes the site of the Roman Forum. The central civic square of Medieval Pisa, the Roman Forum was subsequently remodelled by Vasari and became the headquarters of the Knights of St. Stephen.

Palazzo dell'Orologio

On the western side of the square is the Renaissance-adapted Palazzo dell'Orologio. In 1208, the military leader Ugolino della Gherardesca, along his sons and grandsons, was starved to death in its tower as punishment for his alleged duplicity with the Genoese enemy.

Following your guided walking tour, some free time is made available for independent exploration before walking back to the parking area and re-boarding the coach for the approximate 45-minute drive back to the pier.



Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 2.6km (1.62 miles) with some steps to climb. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Tour includes an exterior visit of the Leaning Tower only. Recently re-opened, admittance to the Tower is strictly limited and not possible on this excursion.

Monuments of Pisa Guided in Spanish

Discover the beauty of Pisa during this scenic, half-day tour of the city's historic landmarks, including the world-renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa.


Since the beginning of the tourist brochure, Pisa has been known for just one thing, the Leaning Tower. However, this world-renowned landmark is but one component of the city's amazing religious core, the Campo dei Miracoli. Here, the Duomo, Baptistery and Camposanto complete an unrivalled quartet of medieval masterpieces. These and a dozen or so churches and palazzo scattered about the town belong to Pisa's 'Golden Age', which took place from the 11th to the 13th centuries when the city was still a port, and one of the maritime powers of the Mediterranean.


Pisa

Depart the pier for the approximate 45-minute drive to Pisa. Upon arrival at the parking area, walk to the Campo dei Miracoli and commence the guided portion of your tour.


Campo dei Miracoli

Since it was first laid out, Pisa's ecclesiastical centre has been known as the Campo dei Miracoli, or 'Field of Miracles'. The sight of it is as stunning today as it must have been to medieval travellers. Nowhere in Italy are the key buildings of a city arrayed with such precision, and nowhere else is there so beautiful a contrast of stonework and surrounding meadow.


Leaning Tower of Pisa

Your next stop is the Leaning Tower of Pisa (outside visit only). Underneath the pavement and turf of the Campo dei Miracoli lies a platform of saturated sandy soil, whose instability accounts for the tilting of the Leaning Tower. Begun in 1173, construction of the tower subsided when it had reached just three storeys in height. Over the ensuing 180 years, a succession of architects continued to extend it upwards until it was finally completed and topped with a bell-chamber in 1350. Leaving the Leaning Tower, proceed to the Duomo.


The Duomo

The Duomo was built in 1064, a century before the Campanile. With its four levels of variegated colonnades and subtle interplay of dark grey marble and white stone, the Duomo is the archetype of the Pisan Romanesque style; a model often imitated but never surpassed.


The Baptistery

A visit is then made to the Baptistery. The third building of the Miracoli ensemble, the circular Baptistery is a bizarre mix; its three storeys of Romanesque arcades peak in a crest of Gothic pinnacles and its dome is shaped like the stalk of a lemon.


Piazza dei Cavalieri

Leaving the Campo dei Miracoli, visit the Piazza dei Cavalieri. One of Pisa's most interesting sites, the Piazza dei Cavalieri is a large square that opens unexpectedly from the narrow back streets, and includes the site of the Roman Forum. The central civic square of Medieval Pisa, the Roman Forum was subsequently remodelled by Vasari and became the headquarters of the Knights of St. Stephen.


Palazzo dell'Orologio

On the western side of the square is the Renaissance-adapted Palazzo dell'Orologio. In 1208, the military leader Ugolino della Gherardesca, along his sons and grandsons, was starved to death in its tower as punishment for his alleged duplicity with the Genoese enemy.


Following your guided walking tour, some free time is made available for independent exploration before walking back to the parking area and re-boarding the coach for the approximate 45-minute drive back to the pier.



Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 2.6km (1.62 miles) with some steps to climb. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Tour includes an exterior visit of the Leaning Tower only. Recently re-opened, admittance to the Tower is strictly limited and not possible on this excursion.

Silver Shore Privato: Florence by Private Car

Explore Livorno (and/or the following sites: Florence / Pisa and Lucca) at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Florence by Private Van

Explore Livorno (and/or the following sites: Florence / Pisa and Lucca) at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car or van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 4-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Livorno (and/or the following sites: Siena / Siena and Chianti / Volterra and San Gimignano / Portofino / Cinque Terre) at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Livorno, Lucca & Pisa at your leisure during this half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.



Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Livorno (and/or the following sites: Siena / Siena and Chianti / Volterra and San Gimignano / Portofino / Cinque Terre) at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car or van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.



Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 4-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Livorno, Lucca & Pisa at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car or van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.



Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Super Classe Tuscan Wines

Learn the secrets behind the cultivation, production and award-winning flavours of Super Tuscan wines during this half-day excursion to the Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci wine regions. Amongst the most enthralling and diversified wines in Italy, yet there is probably no term in Italian wine that is more slippery, vaporous and misunderstood than "super Tuscan".


Bolgheri

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate one-hour drive to Bolgheri. En route, listen to the guide's commentary as you pass through the countryside of the Maremma region and take in splendid vistas of the cypress trees, olive groves, vineyards, gently-rolling hills, and the Tirreno Sea. Next, see the ancient castles and watchtowers dotting the rocky cliffs of the Mediterranean coastline, then drive along the famous 'Viale del Cipressi' before reaching the village of Bolgheri.


Argentiera Estate

After some free time to explore Bolgheri at your leisure, re-board the coach and proceed to the Argentiera Estate. Located on the coast of Northern Maremma approximately 31 miles (about 50 kilometres) south of Livorno, Argentiera is both the closest estate to the sea and the highest in altitude. It stretches from the plains up to the hills, and offers splendid views from Baratti in the south to Castiglioncello in the north, along with the islands of the Tuscan archipelago.


Winery Tour and Tasting

Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the estate, learn about the growing and production processes, and visit the cellars for a tasting of their Super Tuscan wines. These wines are some of the most prized and expensive wines in the country; some Argentiera wines have won international awards and were featured in Wine Spectator. Following your tour and tasting, re-board your coach for the approximate one-hour return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking (for approximately 1 km / 0.6 miles), with approximately 20 steps to negotiate at the cellars. This programme is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests must be able to embark/disembark the coach via steps. If the Argentiera Winery is not available, a visit to the Azienda Agricola Le Macchiole, Michele Satta or Podere Guado al Melo is substituted in its place. Participation is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Minimum age to participate is 18 years old.

TICKET Accademia delle Belle Arti Museum

In 1784, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo, converted the friary of San Matteo and the convent of San Niccolò di Cafaggio to house the Gallery so students in the adjoining Accademia delle Belle Arti (Fine Arts Academy) could study the greatest works of the past.


Today, it is visited mostly by people who want to see Michelangelo's David. Undoubtedly the world's most famous sculpture, the museum also houses five other Michelangelo sculptures - the four unfinished Prisoners and St. Matthew - and a collection of Gothic and Renaissance paintings that were once in the Medici collections.


David

Michelangelo's David arrived in 1873, moved here from the Piazza della Signoria in order to better conserve it. A copy of the statue still stands in Piazza della Signoria where it formerly was displayed. Despite the familiarity of the statue's image, the sheer size of the marble statue comes as a surprise. Commissioned by the Opera del Duomo in 1501, the work was deliberately designed to symbolize the virtues of Republican Florence and freedom from foreign and papal domination. Recently, it has come to symbolize the ultimate symbol of the artistic and intellectual ambitions of the Renaissance.


The 16-foot high block of marble was transformed in 3 years into the work of art that was to establish, along with the Pietà displayed at the Vatican, Michelangelo's reputation as the foremost sculptor of his day. David was always intended as an outdoor sculpture which explains some of the extraordinary physical distortions evident in the statue, such as the overly large hands and head. Even the eyes are made to be looked at from below; when examined from statue eye level, in fact, the two eyes were found to be looking in different directions.


Accademia

Among the other works housed in the Galleria are Giambologna's original plaster copy of the Rape of the Sabines (original marble one located in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza della Signoria), Botticelli's Madonna and Child and Madonna of the Sea, and a few works by Perugino, Filippino Lippi, Pontormo, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Bronzino. There is also an extensive collection of plaster models from the 18th century as well as early 13th century religious works by Giovanni di Milano, the Orcagna brothers, Taddeo Gaddi and others that were followers of Giotto.


Please note: These tickets are pre-reserved for 12:00 (Noon) only. Guests touring independently and those on tour, please meet the Silversea representative at the entrance to the museum to obtain your pre-reserved tickets. The museum requires a moderate amount of walking. It is recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair.

TICKET Uffizi Gallery Museum

The Uffizi is the most important and visited museum in Florence. The Uffizi palace was designed and begun in 1560 by the architect Giorgio Vasari in the period when Cosimo de' Medici, first Grand Duke of Tuscany, was bureaucratically consolidating his recent takeover of power. Built in the shape of a horseshoe extending from Piazza della Signoria to the Arno River and linked by a bridge over the street with Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi were intended to house the administrative offices (uffizi) of the Grand Duchy. From the beginning, however, the Medici set aside a few rooms on the third floor to house the finest works of their collections. The Gallery was subsequently enriched by various members of the Medici family. Two centuries later, in 1737, the palace and their collection were left to the city by Anna Maria Luisa, the last Medici heir, and today houses one of the world's great art galleries.


Collection

In its 45 rooms, the Uffizi houses not only the best of Florentine paintings from the 14th and 15th centuries, but masterpieces from other parts of Italy as well as four centuries' worth of works from leading artists in Germany, Spain and Holland. Apart from paintings, the Uffizi exhibits ancient Roman and 16th century sculpture in its frescoed corridors.

Serious art lovers should visit the Uffizi at least twice. The museum is organized in chronological order from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Your first visit should cover Rooms 1-28, dedicated to the Florentine Renaissance (home to the most famous paintings). A second visit could deal with Rooms 29-45, devoted to the High Renaissance and Mannerism in Florence, with works that end in the 18th century.



Please note: These tickets are pre-reserved for 01:30pm (13:30) only. Guests touring independently and those on tour, please meet the Silversea representative at the entrance to the museum to obtain your pre-reserved tickets. The museum requires a moderate amount of walking. It is recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair.

Truffle Hunting in Tuscany

Learn all about the truffle from the forest to the kitchen during this memorable, full-day truffle-hunting excursion. Hunt for truffles in the woods of Tuscany and then enjoy your treasures in a delicious meal.


Savini Shop (or Nacci Shop) and Truffle Hunting

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Forcoli. Upon arrival, proceed to the Savini Shop (or either the Nacci Shop), a leading truffle producer for four generations. After being greeted by a family member, begin your guided tour through the stunning Tuscan countryside in search of the prestigious truffle.


Truffle Selection and Production

Along the way, the Savinis teach you how to recognise, select and cook truffles. In addition, learn all about the different varieties of truffles and the truffle-production cycle, including gathering, selection, cleaning, packaging, and more.


Lunch with Truffles

Following your truffle-hunting session, proceed for lunch back at the Savini Shop or Nacci Shop, then re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.



Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.2 miles (about two kilometres) over uneven ground, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfort able clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Uffizi Gallery Museum

The Uffizi is the most important and visited museum in Florence. The Uffizi palace was designed and begun in 1560 by the architect Giorgio Vasari in the period when Cosimo de' Medici, first Grand Duke of Tuscany, was bureaucratically consolidating his recent takeover of power. Built in the shape of a horseshoe extending from Piazza della Signoria to the Arno River and linked by a bridge over the street with Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi were intended to house the administrative offices (uffizi) of the Grand Duchy. From the beginning, however, the Medici set aside a few rooms on the third floor to house the finest works of their collections. The Gallery was subsequently enriched by various members of the Medici family. Two centuries later, in 1737, the palace and their collection were left to the city by Anna Maria Luisa, the last Medici heir, and today houses one of the world's great art galleries.


Join the "Florence on Your Own" tour and depart the pier for the approximate 1.5-hour drive to Florence. En route, your guide provides you with historical and practical information about the city, along with a detailed map of the historical centre to make it easier to get around. This visit represents an ideal tour for visitors who have been to Florence before, or feel independent enough to explore the city without the help of a local guide.

Upon arrival in Florence, you are dropped off at Lungarno Pecori Giraldi. From here walk to Piazza Santa Croce which is a city of many layers, Florence is at once an overrun tourist magnet and a living, breathing Medieval city that is home to proud Florentines. The stomping ground of Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Dante and Machiavelli, among others, Florence and its cultural importance cannot be overstated. It is home to three of the world's most renowned museums, the Uffizi, Galleria dell'Accademia and the Bargello, and boasts an incredible number of important churches that house equally-important master works.


Tickets are pre-reserved for 01:30pm (13:30) only. Guests touring independently and those on tour, please meet the Silversea representative at the entrance to the museum to obtain your pre-reserved tickets. The museum requires a moderate amount of walking. The museum portion of this excursion is recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Tickets are very limited; we suggest booking well in advance to avoid disappointment.


Collection

In its 45 rooms, the Uffizi houses not only the best of Florentine paintings from the 14th and 15th centuries, but masterpieces from other parts of Italy as well as four centuries' worth of works from leading artists in Germany, Spain and Holland. Apart from paintings, the Uffizi exhibits ancient Roman and 16th century sculpture in its frescoed corridors.


Serious art lovers should visit the Uffizi at least twice. The museum is organized in chronological order from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Your first visit should cover Rooms 1-28, dedicated to the Florentine Renaissance (home to the most famous paintings). A second visit could deal with Rooms 29-45, devoted to the High Renaissance and Mannerism in Florence, with works that end in the 18th century.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking and is not suitable for guest with limited mobility, if intended to explore Florence. The museum portion of this excursion is recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The coach is not permitted to drop guests into the city centre and a walk of about 15 minutes between the coach park and town is necessary. Guests must meet at the pre-arranged time and place advised by your escort for the return drive to Livorno and your awaiting ship. Guests failing to re-join their coach and escort as advised, will be responsible for returning to Livorno at their own expense. Bring local currency or credit cards for any purchases. Free time in Florence for independent exploration is approximately 6 hours.

Volterra and San Gimignano

Indulge your senses with the splendid Medieval beauty, history and architecture of Tuscany during this full-day excursion to Volterra and San Gimignano.


Volterra

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to Volterra, one of the most important historical Tuscan towns, first great Etruscan cities and Roman settlements. On the approach to Volterra, take in a stunning view of the town and its imposing fortress perched on an approximately 1,820-foot (about 555-metre) hill of yellow clay rocks.


Upon arrival in Volterra, take a guided walking tour through the streets of the town centre. Pass by the 4th-century A.D. Etruscan Arch, or 'Arco Etrusco', and the Duomo Cathedral, home of Guglielmo Pisano's The Last Supper and Fra Bartolomeo's The Annunciation. Additional sights to be seen include the Piazza dei Priori, a beautiful square dominated by the 13th-century Palazzo dei Priori, and the exterior of the Roman Theatre. Situated just outside the city walls, it is among the best-preserved ancient Roman theatres in Italy.


Following your walking tour Volterra's town centre, some free time is made available for lunch, shopping and independent exploration before re-boarding your coach for the drive to San Gimignano.


San Gimignano

The walled city of San Gimignano is renowned for its 14 Medieval towers, which once numbered in excess of 70 during the height of the Guelph-Ghibelline conflict. Despite the profusion of souvenir shops lining the main drag, San Gimignano is home to a wide array of spectacular Renaissance art. Upon arrival you will have some free time for shopping and independent exploration. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 2.2 miles (about 3.5 kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, steep alleys and approximately 20 steps at the sites visited. Walking in Volterra and San Gimignano is at the discretion of each guest. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.