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From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

1. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

Begin your journey of Tuscany at Florence’s central train station, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Siena, Italy’s most picturesque medieval city, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Look up to admire the lovely terracotta roofs adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the main cathedral.   Next, head to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for the tower houses built in the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time here to see its splendid squares, palaces, churches, and magnificent towers. The last stop on your Tuscan excursion is a visit to Pisa and its iconic leaning tower. Take a stroll through the Piazza dei Miracoli and see other marvelous monuments, before driving back to Florence. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a homemade lunch paired with an informal wine tasting at a traditional wine estate in the Chianti wine region. Savor 4 regional wines at lunch and learn about their unique production techniques. Feast on an organic, farmhouse meal while you overlook the rolling vineyards under the Tuscan sun.

Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

2. Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

Climb up the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa with this convenient timed entrance ticket. Skip the long lines at the ticket office and go directly to the tower at your reserved time slot for a stress-free visit to the Leaning Tower, located in Piazza del Duomo next to the 11th-century Cathedral and the Baptistery. Walk past the notoriously long queues and admire both the tower and the cathedral at your own pace. The Tower is the third oldest structure in Piazza del Duomo after the cathedral and the baptistery. The construction of the tower started in 1172 and took place in three stages over a span of 199 years. In 1987, the tower was declared part of the Piazza del Duomo UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the neighboring cathedral, baptistery, and cemetery.

Pisa: All-Inclusive Guided Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

3. Pisa: All-Inclusive Guided Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

Embark on a guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli and enter into the iconic Pisa Cathedral. Go inside the cathedral's baptistery and enjoy the option of climbing the Leaning Tower for unparalleled views of the city. Learn about the tower's history from your local guide. Start your tour by discovering all the monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Be dazzled by this marvelous square, which the Cathedral dominates. Follow your tour guide inside the Cathedral and admire its decorations and gaze at this example of Pisa Romanesque architecture. Also enter the baptistery, the biggest in the Catholic world and famous for its echo (replaced with the cemetery if inaccessible that day). Focus on the Leaning Tower, one of the wonders of the world, which you will have the opportunity to climb (if the option is selected).

From Livorno: Shore Excursion to Florence & Pisa

4. From Livorno: Shore Excursion to Florence & Pisa

Discover the "Cradle of the Renaissance" and the beautiful miracle square at your own pace with a round-trip transfer service from Livorno. Your journey will be in a comfortable GT coach with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi, driven by a multilingual assistant for your convenience. You'll receive a free map of Florence and Pisa, as well as receive an emergency number so that everything goes smoothly. Your first destination will be Florence - you will be dropped off at the Piazzale Montelungo next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station, enjoy your free time to explore the sites that interest you the most at your own pace. Leave Florence and travel to Pisa in the afternoon, where you will have at least 70 minutes to visit the famous Piazza dei Miracoli, one of Italy's most famous monuments. After, enjoy a scenic transfer back to Livorno.

From La Spezia: Round-Trip to Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

5. From La Spezia: Round-Trip to Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

Visit Pisa with this shore excursion from La Spezia. Upon debarking, you will take one of the free shuttle buses from the pier to the terminal to travel to the local partner's bus. Once having boarded, it will be time to begin your tour of Pisa. You will walk through Piazza Dei Miracoli to admire its monuments, including the Leaning Tower, the cathedral, the baptistery, and much more. After a short walk you will have free time to enjoy an ice cream tasting before relaxing by the central square. You'll also be welcome to visit inside the Leaning Tower with the purchase of a ticket. At the conclusion of your experience, you'll return to La Spezia to re-board your ship.

From La Spezia: Florence & Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

6. From La Spezia: Florence & Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

Discover the "Cradle of the Renaissance" and the beautiful miracle square at your own pace with a round-trip transfer service from La Spezia Port. Your journey will be in a comfortable GT coach with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi, driven by a multilingual assistant for your convenience. You'll receive a free map of Florence and Pisa, as well as receive an emergency number so that everything goes smoothly. Your first destination will be Florence - you'll be dropped off at the Piazzale Montelungo next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station. Then, enjoy approximately 3.5 hours to explore the sites that interest you the most at your own pace. At 2:30 PM, you'll leave Florence and travel to Pisa where you'll have at least 70 minutes to visit the famous Piazza dei Miracoli, one of Italy's most famous monuments. Then, the bus leaves Pisa to come back to La Spezia. With this transfer service, focus on enjoying these two beautiful cities instead of worrying about transportation.

Livorno: Florence & Pisa Shore Excursion with Food Tasting

7. Livorno: Florence & Pisa Shore Excursion with Food Tasting

See the iconic Leaning Tower and the Duomo on this day trip to Pisa and Florence from Livorno. Travel via an air-conditioned bus end savor a tasting of local products. Follow your guide to the city’s main attractions and get free time to explore both cities at your own pace. After meeting your tour guide, begin your trip to Florence in a fully equipped and comfortable bus. Step into Florence, home to several masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. Walk down its winding alleys and explore the city's iconic monuments and art galleries. Start your tour in Piazza Repubblica and follow in the footsteps of Dante Alighieri. Listen to insightful commentary as you visit the Piazza della Signoria and cross the arch bridge of Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River. Enjoy free time to explore the city on your own with plenty to see, including the Accademia Gallery Museum where you can admire Michelangelo's David, or see the Florence Cathedral in Piazza del Duomo. Next, make your way to Pisa. Pass through the Santa Maria gate to Piazza dei Miracoli. Marvel at the impressive marble monuments and the green grass where you can relax or take photos of the famous Leaning Tower. Climb the Leaning Tower or go to the medieval Roman Catholic Cathedral of Pisa. Right next to the Leaning Tower, admire beautiful works of art.

From Livorno: Bus Transfer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa

8. From Livorno: Bus Transfer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa

See the Tower of Pisa and other marble monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli ("Square of Miracles") in Pisa with a convenient round-trip bus transfer from Livorno city center. Journey to the Renaissance city of Pisa, where you will have 2.5 hours to explore the Leaning Tower of Pisa and landmark attractions of the Piazza dei Miracoli on your own. Get a free city map to help you find your way. Considered one of the finest architectural complexes in the world, the square is an open-air museum to European medieval art. After 2.5 hours in Pisa, hop back on the bus to Livorno and get dropped off at your departure point.

From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Tour

9. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Tour

Depart from Rome and head out into the rolling Tuscan countryside on your full-day sightseeing adventure. During the journey, learn about this stunning region and its impressive history, which was of great importance to the creation of the Italian language. Arrive in Pisa and visit the UNESCO-listed Piazza Dei Miracoli, where the Pisan Romanesque-style cathedral is located. In the same square, find the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa and stop to take some photos for your vacation album. Spend some free time exploring the city, then hop back on board the bus and continue the tour to Florence. Florence is a stunning city that burst with Renaissance architecture, history, art, philosophy, and science in every corner. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city and visit all the most important landmarks, including the Piazza del Duomo, Mercato Nuovo, Vecchio Bridge, and more.  Enjoy free time to explore on your own. Don’t forget to stop at a local café to sample some delicious Tuscan delicacies and desserts before hopping back on the bus, where you can soak up stunning countryside views on the return to Rome.

From Florence: Pisa & Lucca Day Tour with Buccellato Tasting

10. From Florence: Pisa & Lucca Day Tour with Buccellato Tasting

On this guided tour of Lucca and Pisa, you will have the chance to discover the art, architecture, and history of Tuscany, along with some delicious local wines! Your tour begins with a trip to Pisa, where you will see the incredible Piazza dei Miracoli, most famous for its “Leaning Tower.” After that, visit the town's many other historical monuments, including its majestic cathedral, before grabbing a cappuccino and heading off to Lucca. In Lucca, famous for its still-intact city walls, your guide will lead you through the enchanting old town center and give you a chance to walk along the city's rooftops. The views will take your breath away!   Next, admire the main attractions of the city: the Anfiteatro Square, Guingi Tower, San Martino Cathedral, and the town's many antique shops. Your tour ends with a Buccellato tasting, a typical Lucchese Cake!

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This was the perfect day trip to see Tuscany in a day (if that’s all the time you have). Our guide Manolo was amazing and so informative. He gave good recommendations and some history lessons throughout the day. He was always checking in with us and made sure we were having a good time! Thank you to him! If you can, opt for the farm lunch, it was lovely and a good opportunity to taste some wines from the region. Although it is a long day, you get plenty time to rest on the bus in between places. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

The tour was absolutely amazing. Kiki (the guide) and Lino (the bus driver) are so much fun and nice… I really cannot recommend them enough. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Both spectacular and daunting with the unexpectedly narrow and leaning steps to the top, but definitely worth it for the view.

Amezing experience. Well organized. Food could have been better for vegetarians. Elizabeth you are an amazing tour guide.

Fantastic experience - Stefano was an amazing guide who made every effort to have our trip be fun, easy and informative.