Eyes of Rome

Shore Excursion: Florence and San Gimignano

On the Discovery of the Tuscan Countryside and Florence's Renaissance

Focus

  • Archeology
  • Art
  • History
  • Nature

What makes this tour Special

Discover two of the most beautiful eras of Tuscany's dark and marvelous past. Today you'll see the best of Medieval and Renaissance.

See one most intact medieval town in Italy. It's a true gem of the country and surrounded by the Tuscan rolling hills.

Visit the capital of Tuscany. Florence is home to an abundance of important artwork and masterpieces. Once of the most important cities in the country!

What to Expect

PRIVATE TOUR

Enjoy your tour with your own private tour expert at your party's disposal only

DURATION

12 hours

START TIME

07:30

PRIVATE DRIVER

Meet&Greet at your hotel/accomodation. Private Driver included throughout the tour

KID FRIENDLY

This tour is suitable for kids of all ages

GENERIC INFORMATION

You will be accompanied through this one day tour by your private driver guide. Private guide in Florence available upon request.

What's Included
  • Meet & Greet your driver at Livorno Port
  • Round Trip from Livorno with Private English Speaking Driver




Not Included/ Optional Extras
  • Meals
  • Gratuities
  • Blue badge private guide in Florence and/or San Gimignano (available upon request)
  • Entrance tickets to any desired sites

Sites you’ll visit

  • Port of Livorno
  • Duomo of Florence
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Church of Santa Croce
  • Piazzale Michelangelo
  • San Gimignano
  • The city of Livorno flourished under the Medici family, who turned it into a prosperous port. In the late 16th century Livorno was officially given the status of city and the architect Bernardo Buontalenti designed the city as an 'ideal town' with a population of 20,000 and a port that could hold 300 ships.
  • This cathedral named in honor of Santa Maria del Fiore is a vast Gothic structure built on the site of the 7th century church of Santa Reparata, the remains of which can be seen in the crypt. The cathedral was begun at the end of the 13th century by Arnolfo di Cambio, and the dome, which dominates the exterior, was added in the 15th century on a design of Filippo Brunelleschi.
  • A medieval stone bridge that is known around the world for its beautify and uniqueness Locals still work and operate on the unique bridge still to this day and is part of the mysterious "Corridoio Vasariano" - The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) was the only bridge spared by Hitler's strict orders while retreating from his opposition during World War 2. Locals say his decision was to save its beauty, as many building were destroyed either end of the bridge to block the enemy passing.
  • Church of the Franciscans in Florence, one of the finest examples of Italian Gothic architecture. It was begun in 1294, possibly designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, and was finished in 1442, with the exception of the 19th-century Gothic Revival facade and campanile. On many of the interior walls are masterpieces of Tuscan Gothic or proto-Renaissance painting: the Bardi and Peruzzi chapels’ frescoes are by Giotto.
  • A square with a panoramic view of Florence, located in the Oltrarno district of the city. This Florentine piazza was designed by architect Giuseppe Poggi and built in 1869 on a hill just south of the historic center, during the redevelopment of the left bank of the Arno river. In 1869, Florence was the capital of Italy and the whole city was involved in an urban renewal.
  • San Gimignano is worldwide famous to be one of the most well preserved medieval cities of Europe, featuring an iconic skyline made up of 14 original towers, mainly erected around the XIII century. The tallest one is the so called “Torre del Podestà” and it is 150 feet tall. Enjoy this time travel and learn the secret of lost traditions, rituals, events and recipes.

Tour description

This is the perfect tour for Tuscany true lovers. 

In one day you will get the most of this beautiful Italian Region by visiting the unique city of Florence, heart of the Renaissance world, and the medieval ‘borgo’ of San Gimignano, hidden within the vast Tuscan hills.


Start with meeting your professional driving guide at Livorno port, you'll be driven to the city of which the greatest Renaissance masters once lived and worked, Florence. Walk through the historical centre and notable cover the Dominating Duomo designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, the Picturesque Ponte Vecchio over the Arno river and the lesser known but highly characteristic, church of Santa Croce. Before leaving Florence, you'll have the opportunity to discover the sublime skyline from the Piazza of Michelangelo.


A little later in the afternoon, you'll be driven deeper into the countryside through the renowned rolling hills of Tuscany until you reach a gem of the Italian Medieval age. San Gimignano is a perfectly preserved village that is nicknamed, the Manhattan of the Middle ages, due to its many towers throughout the hilltop village that still stand today. After your introduction tour and free time to enjoy the sites, the final stop today will be for your return to the Port of Livorno.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that Eyes of Rome® applies the following cancellation policy for the selected product:

  • Eyes of Rome reserves the right to charge 50 % of your bookingfor no-shows or cancellations made within 168 hours of your tour date. For bookings confirmed through deposit-downpayment, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to charge the remaining tour balance on the day of the tour on the credit card provided during check out
  • For no shows on the day of the tour or cancellations/amendments requested less than 168 hours from the tour starting time, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to hold the amount paid during check out and charge any remaining balance for incomplete payments

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