Shore excursions

The walking tour continues with a visit to the religious center: Cathedral (Duomo) of Santa Maria del Fiore; Brunelleschi’s Dome; the Baptistery dedicated to Florence’s Patron Saint John the Baptist with its famous Gates of Paradise by the goldsmith Lorenzo Ghiberti and Giotto’s Bell Tower.

. Afterwards, in 5 minutes’ walking time, the tour will reach the political center of Florence which features: the medieval city hall Palazzo della Signoria (also called Palazzo Vecchio), a covered architecture decorated with arcades (the technical name is ¨loggia¨): this one is the famous Loggia dei Lanzi; the Uffizi building which, besides housing one of the most important art galleries in the world, is also a very impressive building from outside. The three buildings (Palazzo della Signoria, Loggia dei Lanzi and Uffizi) are on a square called Piazza Signoria which can be considered a true open air museum. There, one will see fantastic and huge statues such as the equestrian statue of Cosimo the 1st of the Medici family, Neptune and Neptune’s Fountain, a copy of the statue of David, and the original statues of Hercules and Cacus, Perseus, Rape of the Sabine women and many others.

Last but not least the guide continues to the medieval bridge Ponte Vecchio which is lined with jewelers’ shops (36?). From this bridge, one enjoys a beautiful view of the Arno river and the surrounding hills that have made Florence and Tuscany so famous.

The walking tour lasts around 3 hours. Afterwards there will be time to have lunch and shop. At 2:30 PM, the driver will be waiting to continue the tour and drive to Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo’s Square) for a breathtaking view of Florence and then on to Pisa.

In Pisa the driver will be able to access the ¨Piazza dei Miracoli¨ Square of Miracles and will wait there. This stop can last between 30/45 minutes. The most famous monuments of Pisa are on this square: the Leaning Tower which is an absolute must, the Cathedral (Duomo) and the Baptistery. The three white religious buildings stand out and shine against the green grass. The three monuments are built with the famous Carrara marble from the quarries that are still in use today and can be seen from Pisa and the coast on clear days.

Usually the time to be back at the ship is 5:00 /6:00 PM - this time may be extended.

Our prices vary depending on the number of participants for this tour and the kind /size of vehicle.

Fleet Vehicles (new and with air conditioning):
Mercedes-Benz E-Class - 4 seats
Mercedes-Benz S-Class - 4 seats
Mercedes-Benz Viano minivan - 6+1 seats
Mercedes-Benz Vito minivan - 8+1 seats
Mercedes-Benz minibus - 15+1 seats
Mercedes-Beluga bus - 25+1 seats
Setrino bus - 38+1 seats

For a quote, please contact us at info@beautyinitaly.com and let us know:
  - Name of ship
  - Date of excursion
  - Arrival and departure times
  - Number of participants
  - Any special requests

The walking tour continues with the visit of the religious center: cathedral (Duomo) of Santa Maria del Fiore; Brunelleschi’s Dome; the Baptistery dedicated to Florence’s Patron Saint John the Baptist with its famous Gates of Paradise by the goldsmith Lorenzo Ghiberti; Giotto’s bell tower.

Afterwards, in 5 minute’s walking time, you reach the political center of Florence which features: the medieval city hall Palazzo della Signoria (also called Palazzo Vecchio), a covered architecture decorated with arcades whose technical name is ¨loggia¨: this one is the famous Loggia dei Lanzi; the Uffizi building which, besides housing one of the most important paintings gallery in the world, is also a very impressive building from outside. The three buildings (Palazzo della Signoria, Loggia dei Lanzi and Uffizi) are on a square called Piazza Signoria which can be considered a true open air museum for the fantastic and huge statues that are standing around such as the equestrian statue of Cosimo the 1st of the Medici family, Neptun and Neptun’s Fountain, a copy of David, and the original statues of Hercules and Cacus, Perseus, Rape of the Sabine women... and many others.

Last but not least your guide takes you to the medieval bridge Ponte Vecchio which is lined up with jewelers’ shops (36?) from where one enjoys a beautiful view of the Arno river and the surrounding hills that have made Florence and Tuscany so famous in the world.

The walking tour with your guide lasts approximately 3 hours. Afterwards you will have 2 to 3 hours on your own to have lunch and shop. Your driver will be waiting for you.

At around 3:30 PM your driver takes you to Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo’s Square) for a breathtaking view of Florence.

At 4:00 PM you start driving back to Livorno.

Usually the time to be back at the ship is 5:00 /6:00 PM - you may change this time if you like.

Our prices vary depending on the number of participants in this tour and the kind /size of vehicle.

Fleet Vehicles (new and with air conditioning):
Mercedes-Benz E-Class - 4 seats
Mercedes-Benz S-Class - 4 seats
Mercedes-Benz Viano minivan - 6+1 seats
Mercedes-Benz Vito minivan - 8+1 seats
Mercedes-Benz minibus - 15+1 seats
Mercedes-Beluga bus - 25+1 seats
Setrino bus - 38+1 seats

For a quotation please contact us at info@beautyinitaly.com and let us know:
  - Name of ship
  - Date of excursion
  - Arrival and departure times
  - Number of participants
  - Any special requests

Depending on your preference you can choose to stay in Pisa a short time to enjoy the view and take a few pictures, or you can decide to stay longer to explore churches and museums either alone or accompanied by a tour guide that we would reserve for you.

Here is a list of the most outstanding monuments in Pisa:
  - Leaning Tower - We can purchase and reserve the tickets to the Leaning Tower in advance.

  - Cathedral - One of the finest churches of the Romanesque period.

  - Monumental Cemetery - Built in 1278 around sacred ground brought back from Golgotha during the crusades, later decorated with extensive frescos, it was the burial area of the high Pisan class for centuries.

  - Baptistery - The largest baptistery in Italy featuring both Romanesque and Gothic styles.

  - Opera Museum - It houses the original statues, paintings and relics related to the ¨Square of Miracles¨.

  - Sinopie Museum - Collection of sketches discovered beneath the remains of the camposanto’s ruined frescos.

  - ’Piazza dei Cavalieri’ by Giorgio Vasari - It takes the name from the knights (cavalieri) of St. Stephen who fought against the Moors. This building is now a renowned university (the Scuola Normale Superiore).

  - The Romanesque-gothic church of ’Santa Maria della Spina’ on the left bank of the Arno river, the best known of the smaller churches of Pisa. It owes its name to its possession of a thorn (spina) from Christ’s crown of thorns, brought to Pisa from the Holy Land.


After Pisa, we recommend you have lunch or a snack in Lucca - which is far less crowded than Pisa. Lucca is a wonderful town where you will want to spend a few hours looking at the art, enjoying the ambiance, or walking along the trail on top of the fortress that was build around the city in the sixteenth century.

As in Pisa, you can choose to explore Lucca on your own or we can reserve the services of a tour guide to make the visit more memorable.

Famous sites in Lucca:
  - Chiesa San Michele in Foro - Built on the old Roman Forum.

  - Duomo San Martino (St. Martin’s Cathedral) - Inside are important masterpieces such as the ancient crucifix of the ¨Holy Face¨ and the ¨funeral monument of Ilaria del Carretto¨ by the outstanding renaissance artist Jacopo della Quercia.

  - Piazza dell’Anfiteatro (Square of the Amphitheatre) - Built on the site of the previous Roman amphitheatre and dating back to the 2nd century A.D., this elliptical square is a ¨must-see¨ in Lucca. Characteristic homes, shops, cafés and restaurants are built within its ruins. This is a very lively square with many activities depending on the time of day.

  - Torre Guinigi (Guinigi Tower) - Medieval home and tree-topped tower belonging to the prestigious merchant family of the Guinigi.

  - Chiesa San Frediano (Church St. Frediano) - Remarkable mosaic facade.

  - Fortress - The people of Lucca built a fortress in the XVIth century to defend themselves from Florence’s attacks. It was actually never used and it represents today a wonderful ¨escape¨ from modern life, with its green elevated gardens: the perfect place to go for a bike ride, a run, a walk or just to rest sitting under a tree.

At around 4:30 PM the driver will take you back to your ship in Livorno.

6.00 PM Estimated arrival time at your ship in Livorno.

Our prices vary depending on the number of participants for this excursion and the kind /size of vehicle.

Fleet Vehicles (new and with air conditioning):
Mercedes-Benz E-Class - 4 seats
Mercedes-Benz S-Class - 4 seats
Mercedes-Benz Viano minivan - 6+1 seats
Mercedes-Benz Vito minivan - 8+1 seats
Mercedes-Benz minibus - 15+1 seats
Mercedes-Beluga bus - 25+1 seats
Setrino bus - 38+1 seats

For a quotation please contact us at info@beautyinitaly.com and let us know:
  - Name of ship
  - Date of excursion
  - Arrival and departure times
  - Number of participants
  - Any special requests

An English speaking driver will be waiting for you when you come down from your ship. Pick-up time is usually at 8:00 AM but it can be changed upon request.

It takes almost 2 hours to reach San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

San Gimignano still features 12 of the once standing 72 medieval towers scattered around the town: this has prompted people to call it the ¨Manhattan of Tuscany¨! High-rise towers were a sign of prestige and power for families in San Gimignano and many of them competed in building their properties higher than the ones built by other families. Such towers were also used as watch towers and outposts to fight against the enemies - in the Middle ages enemies were a constant danger.

In San Gimignano there are two main streets (Via San Giovanni and Via San Matteo) and squares (Piazza della Cisterna and Piazza del Duomo). You will want to walk through this area. There are many other side streets, squares with churches and a fortress with very few visitors that can be discovered if there is time.

Your driver will let you know what time you have to leave if you also want to see Siena. On the road between San Gimignano and Siena you will see a fortified village on top of a hill: this is Monteriggioni, featuring the best-preserved medieval wall in Tuscany.

The countryside in this area is typical of Tuscany: hills, olive trees, vine-yards. You have reached the Chianti wine area.

Your driver will be able to access the very city center of Siena and you will be able to get out just next to the famous cathedral (Duomo). Have a look around and you will spot free standing walls and a façade that were meant to enlarge the already standing Duomo that was to become the largest church of Christianity. The church has remained uncompleted. We advice you go inside the Duomo: there are enough works of art to allow you to spend a whole day looking at them!

Your driver will wait for you while you reach the Piazza del Campo on foot. This is a unique shell-shaped square where the “Palio” horse race takes place twice a year.

Certainly, the explanations of a tour guide would be of great help. Please let us know if you would like us to reserve the services of a tourist guide at this location for you.

After Siena your driver will take you back to your ship in Livorno. Please be reminded that it takes a little over 2 hours to get back to Livorno.

6.00 PM Estimated arrival time at your ship in Livorno.

Our prices vary depending on the number of participants for this excursion and the kind /size of vehicle.

Fleet Vehicles (new and with air conditioning):
Mercedes-Benz E-Class - 4 seats
Mercedes-Benz S-Class - 4 seats
Mercedes-Benz Viano minivan - 6+1 seats
Mercedes-Benz Vito minivan - 8+1 seats
Mercedes-Benz minibus - 15+1 seats
Mercedes-Beluga bus - 25+1 seats
Setrino bus - 38+1 seats

For a quotation please contact us at info@beautyinitaly.com and let us know:
  - Name of ship
  - Date of excursion
  - Arrival and departure times
  - Number of participants
  - Any special requests

We suggest you take advantage of the vehicle and English speaking driver you have reserved for the day and stop at different places. Your driver will be of great help in the choice of sites to see. Walk on some of the Cinque Terre trail and also stop in some of the other towns we list below.

Itinerary:
Your driver will wait for you to leave your ship in Livorno. Pick-up time is usually at 8:00 AM but this time can be changed upon request.

On the way to Cinque Terre you will be driving close to Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi. These two towns are in the Tuscan region.

Viareggio is the largest town on the Tuscan Versilia Coast and has a beautiful promenade lined with designers shops and art-deco buildings.

Forte dei Marmi is a high-end sea resort in the Versilia with some of the most exclusive boutiques and villas in Italy.

Along the road on your right you will see the spectacular Apuane Alps and the white of the marble quarries from where the Carrara marble is mined. This is where Michelangelo acquired the marble blocks from which he sculpted famous works of art such as David.

Lerici is the first picturesque town we encounter on this tour in the Liguria region. There is little space here to park. You might want to have an ice cream (gelato) while the driver waits for you.

Portovenere is an absolute ¨must-see¨ old town in a spectacular position at the end of a small peninsula off the larger town of La Spezia. While walking along its narrow streets you will see many tourists; yet, if you keep walking you will be almost alone and you will find historic old churches and buildings on charming little squares. Across from Portovenere are the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, the ideal place for a scenic hike.

¨Five Lands¨) is a rugged portion of coast on the Liguria region of Italy to include five villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso. These villages and the land around form the Cinque Terre National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Cinque Terre is known for its beauty deriving from its exceptional position in the cliffs overlooking the sea featuring breathtaking blue and green colors. A trail connects the five villages and it’s possible to walk on it. We recommend you start your walk in Riomaggiore along the most famous portion of the trail, the ¨Via dell’Amore¨ (¨Walkway of Love¨). There are some fees to pay before starting the walk.

Your driver will be waiting for you. Make an appointment with him. You can choose to walk just one section of the trail, i.e. from Riomaggiore to Manarola, or more sections. The first portion of the trail can be walked on wearing normal shoes. For all the other sections you definitely need walking shoes.

At around 4:30 PM the driver will take you back to your ship in Livorno.

5:30/6.00 PM Estimated arrival time at your ship in Livorno.

Our prices vary depending on the number of participants for this excursion and the kind /size of vehicle.

Fleet Vehicles (new and with air conditioning):
Mercedes-Benz E-Class - 4 seats
Mercedes-Benz S-Class - 4 seats
Mercedes-Benz Viano minivan - 6+1 seats
Mercedes-Benz Vito minivan - 8+1 seats
Mercedes-Benz minibus - 15+1 seats
Mercedes-Beluga bus - 25+1 seats
Setrino bus - 38+1 seats

For a quotation please contact us at info@beautyinitaly.com and let us know:
  - Name of ship
  - Date of excursion
  - Arrival and departure times
  - Number of participants
  - Any special requests

A tour guide waits for you as you get off the ship: you can walk, if the harbor/pier where your ship has docked is within walking distance from Livorno’s city center (there are several piers where ships dock) or you can take a taxi to reach the center in 5 minutes.

OPTION # 2 - minimum time: 3 hours
Depending on the size of you party, a vehicle: car, van or bus + driver + tour guide wait for you to take you to Livorno city center and along the coast in the immediate outskirts of town.

Livorno is not that well known but it has a lot of character. it’s a port city and as such thousands of tourists arrive here every year as part of their Mediterranean cruise. Most immediately head to Florence and Pisa.

Livorno has something to offer that the famous art cities do not:
  - It’s real and not touristy
  - It features a section of town called “The Venice Neighborhood” because it is full of canals
  - It has a lively harbor with ships arriving and leaving every day connecting the Tuscan coast with other countries. Livorno is the fourth most important port city in Italy.
  - A Medici fortress and commemorative statue of their valiant undertakings reminds us of Livorno’s glorious past when the city of Florence under the leadership of the Medici had founded the “Sacred Military Maritime Order of the Knights of St. Stephen” to conquer the world!
  - Among its buildings one is notable: An art-deco market where one can buy fresh produce every day except Sunday.
  - Villas built at the beginning of the XX century are along the sea coast
  - Beaches and bathing facilities are just out of the city center
  - Famous “Macchaioli” painters of the XIX and XX century (Giovanni Fattori being the most famous of these)
  - Simple and warm-hearted inhabitants
  - Last but not least: exquisite fish cuisine

These are all good reasons to book a private guided tour of Livorno with us.

Our prices vary depending on the number of participants for this excursion and the kind /size of vehicle.

For a quotation please contact us at info@beautyinitaly.com and let us know:
  - Name of ship
  - Date of excursion
  - Arrival and departure times
  - Number of participants
  - Any special requests