This review covers Pisa & Florence. The ship actually docks at Livorno, which allows you to see BOTH Pisa & Florence.
City Tour Rating:
Livorno is only half an hour by car away from Pisa. Get the taxi that meets the ship and settle with him to take you first to Pisa, to see the Leaning Towers (spend 1 hour there); adn then onwards to Florence. See the walking tours I have proposed below.
The same taxi driver will take you and then bring you back to the ship. Pay all taxi drivers when you return to the ship please.
We paid about Euro 130 per family (8 persons in one car) -- ie Total Euro 260 for the round trip and all. I think a good deal!
Our taxi driver was a nice guy but little impatient- Michele (taxi no.36)- +3480045823.
- Go straight off to Pisa first and then get the taxi to take you on to Florence.
- 2 hours in Pisa-
o Naturally, the Leaning Tower of Pisa (buy tickets to get to walk up to the top! Scheduled timings apply)
o The Church adjacent to the Leaning Tower
For the Leaning Tower of Pisa, note, there are time schedules and you have to buy tickets to go up. If possible check on the net if you can to see the time schedules. They don't allow ANY BAGS to be taken up, so once you've bought your ticket, parcel off your purse/bag/knapsack at the requisite locker/area otherwise they'll make you go back to do the same.
- 3 hours in Florence-
o From the main Piazza Duomo, first make your way to Ponte Vecchio bridge
o Then go along the river towards Uffizi gallery, where street artists show their works- we got suckered into buying a print which looked like a painting! Buyers Beware!
o Go on through the Uffizi onto Piazza Signoria, where we had a light lunch and saw the Palazzo Della Signoria (Palazzo Vecchio). A copy of Michelangelo's Statue of David and the Neptune Fountain are located here.
o From there you should go on to Piazza Santa Croce, however we did not do that due to the time and went straight back to the Piazza Duomo to see the main Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the 2nd largest cathedral in the world. There is free entry but you have to wait in the line.
o If you have time, climb up the stairs of the adjacent Bell tower (located at the exit of the Cathedral);
o Also, you should see (time permitting), the octagonal Baptistry located in front of the Cathedral.
o We also missed the Mercato Market -- like a street market - due to time constraints