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Florence (Livorno) Florence Walking Tour Excursion Reviews

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Enough cannot be said about Florence, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and home to many of the greatest artists of the era, from Michelangelo to Leonardo da Vinci. From the famous Duomo to the Uffizi, there is much to see in this storied city.

krazymoi

1 review

Florence on your own - so glad we did this one on our own. It was still lots of driving in the bus but we were lucky with an amazing tour guide before we got there who gave us tons of info. Still a very long day of walking and we didn't wait in the lines to see the great works of art. Was sorry to miss those but there just wasn't time.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

bobette54

1 review

We debated long and hard about whether to try to get to Florence on our own or to take an organized excursion. Previous cruise critic write ups which I had looked at seemed to indicate that it could be a bit awkward and time pressing to actually get to and from the station as it involved another bus journey after the drop off by the port shuttle (which would cost €12 per person anyway). In the end we chickened out and booked a “Florence on your own” excursion. We should have been brave because only after we had booked the excursion did we find out that the shuttle now has a drop off point at the station. We could have travelled ourselves without worries at a fraction of the cost! We have now learned that it is always worth clarifying the shuttle details in advance and not just assuming.
That said, we subsequently had an excellent stress free day in Florence. The guide on our coach gave us an informative overview and maps of Florence, with advice of things to see, of time needed, of things to avoid, etc etc. Our meeting point was by a leather factory where we were told there were toilet facilities (but there was only one toilet!). We went just a bit further and had a very reasonably priced cappuccino in the Caffe Mario on the corner of the Via dell Anguillara where we were also able to use the loo– we would certainly recommend it.
We think we had the best and biggest icecream ever (even though we picked the small ones!), from Gelatissimo, just before and to the right of the Ponte Vecchio


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Alohaaloha

1 review

A 90 minute coach drive into the beautiful city of Florence. The coach stops in a central square which from there, the city is very easy to explore.
The streets are laden with statues and ornate churches and buildings. And there is an abundance of museums and art galleries,
Plenty of great bars cafés shops and gelato!


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Monkey boy

1 review

Excellent trip..guide informative and interesting. been to Florence before..well worth the trip but expensive just for a bus ride of an hour and a half


Provider: Thomson Cruises

torquayiain

1 review

I could go to Florence time and again. Love the place.


Provider: P&O Cruises

wooinc

1 review

Excellent information on the way to Florence and then we spent a wonderful touring and shopping.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

lostg8rinva

1 review

Glorious town. A must return to. Luca Misuri is a fabulous guide and I can't say enough about his personality and stunning knowledge. The restaurant that he recommended caused me to be able to partake in the greatest Lasagna that I have ever eaten... bar none.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Alleycatgirl

1 review

Awesome. Booked "The David" museum myself in advance.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

jaycruze

1 review

A tad pricey, given that the train would have been a quarter of the price, but the guide gave us some great advice on a pasta restaurant, gelato stand, leather makers, and shopping


Provider: Holland America Line

Cruise XYZ

2 reviews

Was so hot that it was hard to keep going.


Provider: Princess Cruises

blue7870

1 review

The transportation was helpful and reliable, the guide on the bus offered a lot of info for people even though no one was taking an official tour.


Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

squigglymip

1 review

Cruise Excursion- "Florence on your own, Wine tasting at a Tuscan castle"
This is one port it makes sense to do the cruise excursion for us. To maximize your time in Florence do a transfer throught the cruise ship. They guarantee the ship cannot leave without you and it is a 1 hour drive from port. For Florence they leave you at a stop at the south end of the city. They pick you up at a meeting spot at Santa Croce square. See Toms's port guide for maps of exactly where.
David- get tickets and appt. for 10:30 online in advance or forget attempting this. From the bus drop off hail a cab to the Accademia. Join the line to the right of the entrance and after you pass security go to the ticket window to claim your ticket. See his Prisoners on the way to David. No photos allowed. Time is of the essence so see David and exit to see the rest of Florence.
Follow the signs to the Duomo. See the Baptistery "Paradise" door and walk the exterior of the duomo. Inside is not worth seeing, so proceed to Ponte Vecchio bridge. Take photos and shop for gold here. The prices and workmanship are fabulous. Leather is also a good thing to buy in Florence but for quality, not necessarily "bargains".
Lunch-grab a slice of pizza to go from a cafe. Best pizza we had on this trip!
Basilia Santa Croce-since this is right next to the meeting point try to make it here to see Michelangelo's tomb and some ggorgeous frescoes.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

steveshadow

1 review

hard to see both without the tour, expensive but worth it.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

raylor1

1 review

Excellent.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

worldtraveler588

1 review

How can you say enough about Florence? You need to spend at least a week there (I have). On previous visits I never felt like standing in line for the Ufizzi Museum, but being November there was no line this time. Unfortunately I didn't discover that until I had only 1 1/2 hours left, not nearly enough.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

cruzcruzcruz

3 reviews

Suddenly, knowing that Michalangelo, Machiavelli, Marconi, Gallileo, Marconi and others were buried in St Croces Church...they all seemed real! The squares and churches and statues are amazing.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

hillside

1 review

We took a ship's tour. The tour was as stated, Florence on Your own and the guide was informative on the bus. We had a stop at a leather store and then were dropped off in a square. We made our way to the Medici Palace and looked around. In retrospect, we wished we'd hired the company we had in Rome, Rudy's Touring Service, as we'd have had a car and driver and seen more. But, the tour was as described and we saw as much as we could.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

MJ from PA

3 reviews

Our tour guide, Jon, did a fantastic job of advising us what to do and see as we drove from the port to Florence. It's a beautiful city, not as beautiful as Rome but not as crowded either. We spent the day shopping (leather and gold are good buys here), had a fantastic lunch, and saw some of the tourist hot spots (duomo and ponte vecchio). Good time.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Diplomaticus

1 review

Florence is really a city you need at least 2 days in, and to take it slowly. Much of the beauty comes from the sheer levels of detail around the churches and city, as well as the integrated history of the Medici family patronage in the city's architecture and layout. I'd recommend spending 1 day with a guide for Santa Croce, Duomo and Uffizi. It may be tiring, but is absolutely worth it to go to the top of the Duomo, but not the belltower, just the main dome. For Uffizi, definitely need tickets online, or you will wait for hours. There is great shopping near the Piazza della Republica, and near the Santa Croce. Santa Croce also has a cool leathermaking school inside. The second day could be dedicated solely to shopping. The tour company that RCI uses makes you waste time at a stupid leathershop hearing their pitch, we could have had an extra 30 minutes had we not dealt with that. We saw our tour guide in Rome the next day with Gucci bags up and down her arm, shopping -- makes you wonder what kind of kickback she was getting.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

rnbal

1 review

Pissa very nice not long enough there 45 minutes 15 spent qeuing for loo and florence was very pretty

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Orchid 135

1 review

This was excellent. The coach dropped us off near the main square and we had about 6 hours to do our own thing. Be aware that if you take the hop on hop off shuttle it does not go through the main historic, tourist areas, so you have to know where you are going and plan it well. Brilliant day. Will visit Florence again. Tour was pricey $148 for 2 people.

Provider: Cunard Line

Daisy4235

2 reviews

Overpriced but it felt a safer way since the city is so far from the port. So so crowded and too hot to enjoy

Provider: Princess Cruises

hil

1 review

Ridiculous to have to pay this much to be transported to and from Florence. Only booked this as we wanted a guarantee we would get back to the ship on time. Researched and could not find independent touring companies that could offer this for much less money. The train is much cheaper, but I was nervous about the distance between the port and the train station, so opted for the safe way out. The guide assigned to our bus was a little gruff and treated us like kids, but after hearing people asking her to repeat things she had over discussed several times, I can understand why she spoke this way. We had been to Florence twice before and felt competent to get where we needed. I mark this low because I thought the price was ridiculous and the guide/people on the bus were somewhat irritating. Florence on it's own deserves a 5 plus! I wish we had two days here and not in Monaco! Make sure to make reservations in advance if you want to go to the Accademia and Ufizzi. Even with an advanced reservation time, you will have to wait in line for both. Make sure to allocate 30 minutes prior to your time. You will need one hour in Accademia and 15-20 minutes to get to Ufizzi. Ufizzi can't possibly be visited in a few hours, but you will likely max out after two hours! Get audio guide at Ufizzi-interesting points and it will help you pace through 2-3 hours. We climbed to top of the Duomo, which had an incredible view! Don't do this if you have claustrophobia, as it is tight quarters and only one way traffic, with people wanting to go down when you are going up. If in a hurry, you can pay some extra fee to avoid the line. We thought the line was short, but all of these people entering at the front, made it a 40 minute wait. One day in Florence is not enough! Best to choose one or two things all out-way too hard to run between sights and get an overview!

Provider: Oceania Cruises

dbmm

2 reviews

This tour stops at some shops pretty close to the port. It was a total waste of time. During the bus ride our guide talked about Florence and Tuscany. She was interesting. When we got to Florence she walked us to our meeting place and the we were on our own. Florence is really a beautiful city and we really liked our time there.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Andrew

3 reviews

The Tour guide was very good and gave us plenty of info, she was very well informed about the history and what we should do in Florence. We would have licked to have more time as we had to rush to do all the main attractions in the city.

Provider: Thomson Cruises

SuzieQ1944

2 reviews

We booked "Florence on your own" which included a bus from Livorno (where the ship was docked) to Florence, where we had 4-5 hours. We had been to Florence 5 years ago, and wanted to see the Uffitzi museum, plus walk, shop, and, of course, EAT.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

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