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About Florence / Pisa

Founded in the 16th century by the Grand Dukes of Tuscany - the Medici Family, Livorno remains a busy port and town. Its centre, which is walkable from the port, has some pretty bars, cafés and chic shops but most of Livornos cruise visitors head straight for Pisa, Florence, or the Tuscan towns of Lucca and Siena.

You may be surprised to find that the recently restored Leaning Tower is just one of many towers in Pisa and that elegant Florence is compact enough to be walkable. With the Arno river running through it, you should be able to keep your bearings fairly easily as you visit the Uffizi Gallery and cross the gold and silver merchants-lined Ponte Vecchio on your way round the many attractions of this startlingly beautiful Renaissance city.

 

Shore excursions in Florence / Pisa

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Beautiful Cinque Terre

Activity highShopping

Duration: 9 hours

Discover the breathtaking Cinque Terre, a national park of five dramatically situated villages clinging to the cliffs.

The name Cinque Terre, ‘Five Lands’ was once only accessible by sea and even today there are no proper roads linking the villages you visit on this unique tour.

Travelling on the motorway to Manarola, you’ll capture the delightful coastal landscape along the way, and see the steep rugged and often vertical cliffs down to the sea below.

You’ll arrive into Manarola, where you’ll enjoy the beautiful surroundings before re-boarding the boat and heading to the charming village of Vernazza. Some free time will be given for you to explore this picturesque fishing village at leisure.

Afterwards, you’ll continue by boat to Monterosso, the most famous of the five lands and enjoy a guided introduction of the village. Some free time will be given for you to purchase your own lunch from one of the local cafés or restaurants and to browse the local shops. You’ll rejoin your guide for a short walk to the train station, where you will take the local train to Levanto to meet your coach for the journey back to Livorno.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat, train, bus and on foot. Journey time to the Cinque Terre from Livorno is approximately 1½ hours each way. The itinerary may run in reverse order. This tour involves extensive walking, which includes some uneven ground. There are around 100 steps to negotiate throughout the tour. Flat, non-slip walking shoes are essential. Passengers are advised to take sun protection, a bottle of water and Euros for purchases. The boat ride to Monterosso will be replaced by train in the event of poor sea conditions. The train is a local service and is not exclusive to P&O Cruise passengers.

Bocelli Essence of Wine

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 5 hours

Enjoy an unforgettable tour exploring the hometown of Maestro Andrea Bocelli. Visit his vineyards and museum and mingle with his family over lunch.

Catch a glimpse into the life of famous Italian tenor, Maestro Andrea Bocelli by spending your day in the heart of the rolling hills of Tuscany in his hometown of Lajatico; Explore the Bocelli family vineyards under the Tuscan sun before indulging in an exquisite wine tasting at the Officine Bocelli, the newest restaurant owned by the Bocelli family.

Leaving the pier, you’ll take a scenic drive through the Tuscan countryside to the Theatro di Silencio where the Maestro holds his annual concert.

Your next stop is the Bocelli family vineyards, where you’ll learn about the wine making process and indulge in a fine wine tasting, accompanied by delicious local cheese meats and bread. Mingle alongside the nephew of Andrea Bocelli, who will explain in depth the history of their family, their wines and their legacy.

While waiting for a divine Tuscan lunch to be served, browse the Andrea Bocelli museum, dedicated to all the achievements in the life of the Maestro.

After your truly stunning experience, you’ll be the envy of your friends and return to the ship with wonderful memories.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by car or minivan and on foot. Journey time to Lajactico is approximately 1½ hours each way. This tour has limited capacity, therefore we recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Pisa by Trolley Train

Activity lowShoppingFamily

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the delights of Pisa with less walking. Trundle through this famous little town taking in the sights from the trolley train.

On arrival at the Pisa coach parking area, you’ll be met by your very own Trolley Train. Take a guided tour of the Pisa Medicea. See the interesting buildings along the River Arno, and pass through the lovely little Piazza dei Cavalieri, where the University and Conte Ugolino Tower are located.

The Trolley Train then takes you to the famous Field of Miracles. Here, your guide will introduce you to the delights of the Cathedral and the Baptistery.

You’ll have around 30 minutes of free time to enjoy Miracle Square. Take some photos of the incredible Leaning Tower, do a spot of souvenir shopping, enjoy an ice cream or relax in a nearby café.

Take note of the meeting point for your Trolley Train transfer back to the parking area, where you’ll rejoin the coach for the return drive.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and trolley train. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps on and off the coach as well as the Trolley Train. The Trolley has only limited storage for wheelchairs. The amount of walking during the free time is at passengers’ discretion; the terrain here is flat. Comfortable, flat shoes are recommended.

Florence and Pisa

Activity high

Duration: 9½ hours

Wander amidst the treasures of Florence and Pisa, absorb the artistic history and admire the timeless architecture and monuments.

Rising above the heart of the city is the richly decorated Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo). Standing in its shadow, you won’t be surprised to learn that this is the fourth largest church in the world.

See the most striking square in Florence, Signoria Square. The massive Palazzo Vecchio with its high fortress-like walls dominates the Piazza. Here, you can see a copy of Michelangelo’s famous statue ‘David’.

Santa Croce Square is one of Florence’s most pleasant squares. See the lovely church, surrounded by numerous shops and quaint cafés. (church exterior only).

Photograph the famous 14th century bridge over the River Arno, the serene Ponte Vecchio.

Enjoy some free time for a quick spot of lunch before heading off for a brief visit to Pisa. Once in the famous and surprisingly small town of Pisa, view the ‘Field of Miracles’, site of the Cathedral and, of course, the Leaning Tower.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The transfer to Florence takes around 1½ hours. Florence is pedestrianised with cobbled streets. Traffic is not permitted and the coach drop-off point is a 15 minute walk to and from the city centre. The majority of this tour is conducted on foot and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. There is a 15 minute walk to and from the parking area to the Field of Miracles. Time spent at Pisa is un-guided and may be limited. Passengers should dress appropriately when entering churches.Lunch and entrance fees are not included. The order of this tour may vary.

Florence and Pisa On Your Own

Activity mediumShoppingFamily

Duration: 9½ hours

An ideal option for those wishing to discover Pisa and Florence independently.

Discover Italy’s most iconic landmark at your own leisure. Upon arrival, take the short walk to Field of Miracles and enjoy around 1 hour to explore Pisa and to browse the many souvenir stalls.

Florence is a delightful city to discover. Upon arrival you’ll head to Santa Croce Square, where you’ll have around 4 hours to explore independently. Sightsee at leisure or relax at one of the cafés in the Piazza della Signoria. See some of the many wonderful monuments, browse in the elegant boutiques or head to the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge over the River Arno.

Your Escort will arrange specified meeting times and places in both Pisa and Florence.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a 15 minute walk to and from the parking area to the Field of Miracles. An inside visit to the tower is not possible due to time restraints. The transfer to Florence takes around 1½ hours. Florence is pedestrianised with cobbled streets. Traffic is not permitted and the coach drop-off point is a 15 minute walk to and from the city centre. The level of walking is at passengers’ discretion. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please dress appropriately when entering churches. The coaches cannot be held for latecomers and a return taxi to Livorno costs around £130. The order of this tour may vary. This excursion is non-guided and exclusive of lunch and entrance fees. Some shops may be closed on Sundays and passengers are asked to bear in mind the general shop opening times in Italy.

 

A selection of cruises to Florence / Pisa

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