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Florence (Livorno) City 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. View the city through the eyes of a local as you explore its plethora of statues, cobblestone streets and world-famous landmarks.

daisy's mom

1 review

Most tours to Florence from the ship are on your own and I think it is because esp. during the summer it is hot and crowded and organized tours don't seem to get to skip the lines. The rowboat ride was kind of goofy. It was spartan and was pushed along the Arno River with sticks, much like a gondola but the pilot did not narrate anything so it was kind of pointless but did make for some photo ops. If you want to get into any of the museums call to reserve a time or book online because the lines for people without reservations were unreal. We didn't even attempt it. The tour bus got there at about ten and we had to meet back at four so pick your hour accordingly. Thought we were in line to see the Duomo (which was free) but no that line was unreal. Turns out we were in line to buy a combo ticket(10 euros pp) to the Duomo museum (which wound up being closed til 2015, the Bapistry, and Duomo tower which weren't open that day( Sunday). The only thing we could use that ticket for was another tower that had 414 dark, hot narrow, winding steps with no handrail. We gave the unused portion of the tickets to a family that would be there the next day. There is one ship's tour that was partially guided but was about $20 more that you may want to consider. Florence is just crazy in on a hot summer weekend. Tip: Prices for the tours go up a few dollars the closer to the voyage date and can get sold out but if you book in advance thru the voyage personalized you can't use your shipboard credit to pay for them


Provider: Cunard Line

bharrelslp

3 reviews

Our tour guide Danielle was wonderful and very accommodating for my mobility problems. I can walk but not for long, long ways without resting. We were dropped off several blocks from Santa Croce Church and that was our meeting place to return to the bus which again was quite a long ways away. He arranged for a taxi to take me to bus. While in Florence we went to all the places of interest including the Duomo and other piazzas etc. ate lunch at the same outdoor café we ate in 12 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed our day. We bought several leather items and clothing.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

marybethhuebner

1 review

Went to the Medicis Chapel and loved it. Not crowded so you could get a sense of the majesty of it all. Additionally went to Santa Croce and loved the history there.


Provider: Independent Operator

cruzgryphon

1 review

Good tour - all day see the major sights of Florence.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

dwstutt

1 review

Very expensive. 420 euros for the taxi/day split it 7 ways. Pisa is nice. Great shopping in Florence, if you're into that. Florence is a beautiful city.


Provider: Independent Operator

JohnD67

1 review

great guide. Going back


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

sunshinefl221

2 reviews

We used Roberto Brunetti's Limousinrome for this (and the next two ports). The level of informality in making the reservations with Roberto surprised me. No deposit, just his promise that they will be waiting for us on the dock. They were there, each of the days, with my name spelled differently each time. I also wanted a more formal itinerary but pretty much only got lists of "possible sites." The four 20 year olds with us, took the train to Florence. They made arrangement s through a site called Accidental Tourist. They went to a farmhouse and made and ate ravioli. So since we had the vehicle booked, I found a family of three to join us. We did take them off their normal itinerary. Alberto was our guide. The vehicle was ok, but the next two days were nicer and Alberto provided water where the other drivers did not. We make the obligatory stop in Pisa, although we all said we could skip it. We then went to Florence and saw a nice overview of the city. Then we had reserved tickets at the Academic Museum. (I would have been just as happy seeing the replica of the David which is in an outdoor park.) We met relatives of our new friends for lunch. That was fun - we then walked to Basilica of San Lorenzo and Alberto picked us up and we went to the Synagogue. I had requested this stop in advance but I'm not sure Alberto knew this. He was the best of the three guides from this company and he communicated well, etc.

Dom;t miss the museum on the upper floor of the synagogue


Provider: Independent Operator

joanieg1

3 reviews

Lots of time to shop and eat a wonderful lunch in Florence. Friendly guide and a perfect day. Spent a lot of $!


Provider: Holland America Line

wannaberetired

1 review

Too rushed - not enough time in each town. However, highly recommend seeing these towns - they are absolutely beautiful! Livorno Port is very industrial - not pretty at all.

Provider: Oceania Cruises

optiman32

3 reviews

We booked private transport to Pisa and then onto Florence through Roman Odyssey. They were professional and exceeded all my expectations, would use them again

Provider: Independent Operator

tnacruisers

1 review

Our next 3 tours in Italy were organized by SaraMac, who is a powerhouse organizer and got 54 passengers on 3 days of tours with Joe Banana Limo Services in Florence/Pisa, Rome and Pompeii/Almafi Coast/Sorrento. Our first day in Pisa/Florence was great thanks to SaraMac taking us to a 2nd generation 32 year old Italian restaurant called Il Profeta (meaning it's perfect, which it was!) that literally had a rose sauce that brought a tear to my wife's eye! No joke! This was the highlight of my wife's trip and we will always have SaraMac to thank for this unforgettable meal! Unfortunately the tour guide on this first day was the weakest of our trip, and there were quite a few awkward silent moments rather than helpful tour guide info.

Provider: Independent Operator

Katie Starlight

1 review

We booked an independently through Shoreexcursionsinitaly.net and were very happy with them. We wanted to pamper our mom and thought we would see more with a private van tour. They were great. We saw the beautiful Cathedral and the Ponte Vecchio and shopped at the Leather Market. We did a lot of shopping at the leather market.

Provider: Independent Operator

Mini Urga

1 review

Rudy used his Associate Guido who took us to Pisa & Florence in his air-con mini van. we booked him from 8-5pm. He showed us lots of interesting places and again never had to queue to see the sights likethe leather museum in the old church in Florence etc. We had plenty of time for anice lunch in a recommended restaurant, shopping and plenty of photos. Again pre-booked privately and well worth it with having to kids as we didnt have to do too much walking.

Provider: Independent Operator

GURL RCR

1 review

1 hr bus ride up the coast to towns of Lerici and Portovenere, where the poets Byron and Shelley lived. Shelley actually died in a shipwreck off the coast. The tour guide was great, the towns picturesque, we got a ferry ride across the bay from one to the other, the weather cooperated, we had the perfect amount of time in each place and were given a very tasty lunch in Lerici. Awesome !

Provider: Cunard Line

CruisingSoCalSusan

1 review

Florence and Tuscany (San Gimignano). Magical. I want to retire there!

Provider: Independent Operator

Scottish Cruiser

1 review

We took a ship's tour to Florence and the giuide was good, but had a speaker system which was crackly and inadequate, especially with so many other tourists and tour groups around us. We did see teh essentials and had time to wander on our own

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

fabnfortysomething

6 reviews

fantastic tour of Pisa and Florence with Teresa

Provider: Independent Operator

Wallis7219

1 review

Florence is a stunning city. Glad we had been before as we thought the tour guide was not too great

Provider: Independent Operator

rwandmw

2 reviews

Excellent private tour of Pisa and Florence!

Provider: Independent Operator

NCruiser2012

1 review

Beautiful city. We again used Rome in Limo.

Provider: Independent Operator

tvirgil1012

2 reviews

This was by far one of our best tours with Sunflower Tours. It was worth every penny. we were picked up promptly at Livorno port and driven to Florence. Here we were dropped off right by The Duomo and told we could walk around. We did this and then were taken to Accademia and the company had reserved tickets for us. We went right in upon our reservation time (beating many who were waiting in line). We saw David and then headed to Ponte Vecchio. We then went to Piazzale Michelangelo, which is a must! We then were driven to a Tuscany Winery, here we went on a tour of the winery, and then had lunch and wine tasting. It was a GREAT time and will be remembered forever. Then he drove us through Tuscany to Pisa. Once in Pisa, we were given time to walk around and enjoy the area there. We were then dropped off at the boat. It was a GREAT time!

Provider: Independent Operator

dinshaw

1 review

This review covers Pisa & Florence. The ship actually docks at Livorno, which allows you to see BOTH Pisa & Florence. 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

Provider: Independent Operator

Bisbee16

6 reviews

The drive into Florence is quite long but was made interesting by the guide. Florence is gorgeous and the architecture is fascinating. We went into a cathedral where Galileo and Michelangelo are buried. The restaurant that the guide recommended was wonderful. We had a terrific pasta and some Chianti. The excursion lasted 11 1/2 hours with the bus trip, walking tour, free time, and tendering time.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Stan Clarke

1 review

A good experience with a great humorous guide. Pisa was a treat. A tasty lunch time meal. Expensive

Provider: Holland America Line

Happy1211

1 review

This our provided us with 4.25 hours in Florence and 75 minutes in Pisa. Our hostess on the bus, Francesca, spoke fluent English (having lived in the United States for a few years) and provided wonderful commentary en route. once in Florence she got us into Clementi's jewelry shop and provided us with lots of helpful information about restaurants, shops., museums etc. We had pre-booked a visit to the Accademia to see Michelangelo's David and enjoyed it . Walking around Florence is always fun and easy - i had been there twice before. We ate at Finnestere and loved the food and flirtatious waiters I(but especially a bottle of Lambrusco) . Pisa was ebven easier because it is a one attraction town.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Nanagoes

1 review

Glad it started out with the view from the hill overlooking Florence. Wish we could have gone to the Uffizi Gallery and inside the Duomo, but time was limited. The lunch was just okay. The room was quite elegant, and the wine was nice, but the food was rather ordinary.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Oldchestnut

1 review

An escorted tour from Livorno. A brilliant, fascinating and amusing tour led by "Discover Tuscany" - one of the best tours we have ever taken.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Stephen Tompkins

1 review

Very pretty with lots to interest us

Provider: P&O Cruises

Still Dreaming

1 review

Good! Wish RIL used mic's in the vans! Hard to hear in the back with the air and fans running.

Provider: Independent Operator

J&J PDX Cruisers

2 reviews

Great opportunity to spend a few hours seeing some highlights of Florence and enjoying some world class gelato. Then, spent some time in Pisa admiring both the famous tower and surrounding church.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

BunnyboyFLOH

2 reviews

Can't say much about the tour, as we used the tour as a means to get us into Florence. I had arranged for a private tour of Florence. The tour is Michaelangelo Might. Sara of Florence Walking Tours was our guide and it was a 4hour tour all about Michaelangelo beginning with the David and ending with his burial in San Croce. We did rejoin our Highlights of Florence tour which took us through the Basilica San Croce and it was an interesting tour, but mostly self-guided with the guide just pointing out points of interest. On a scale of 1-5 the walking tour with Sara is a 5+, the ship's provided tour a 3.

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

EJKorvette

3 reviews

Even though it was seven hours, we got to see a lot of stuff. Unfortunately we went on one of the most crowded days of the year.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Ah Noooooooo

2 reviews

Beautiful city, and great drive through Tuscany.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

blueskiessail

3 reviews

Our tour guide Paolo from Unforgettable Tuscany. He was wonderful to listen to and learn about where he grew up. We went to Florence (all the main stops), then a quick ride to the leaning tower of Pisa, and onto San Gimignano for the remainder of the day. We were able to go on back country dirt roads, through wine and olive trees areas for a good view! Again, with just 8 in our tour van, we could make many stops during the day for a reasonable fee.

Provider: Independent Operator

Spudley1

2 reviews

Walking tour around Florence with time to explore on own. Good way to get your bearings and see some of the highlights. Florence itself has plenty to see and can easily put a day in there (more if you like history). Only problem is the distance to port- we docked in La Spezia which was about 90mins-2hrs away. (La Spezia also worth a look). Most boats however dock in Livorno which is a bit closer

Provider: Thomson Cruises

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