Excursions in Livorno

Excursions in Livorno during a Mediterranean cruise

Siena and San Gimignano Shore Excursion

from €88 per person

Enjoy a private shore excursion directly from your ship in Livorno. Our expert and courteous, English-speaking driver will pick you up in a luxury vehicle and take you to visit the very best highlights of Siena and San Gimignano.

After an hour and half driving through the Tuscan countryside you will reach San Gimignano. San Gimignano rises on a hill (334m high) dominating the Elsa Valley with its towers dating back to the 11th century. Its cultural and natural patrimonies have been recognized by UNESCO, but even more impressive is the medieval skyline made up of towers and the views from above and below them. The town increased in wealth and developed greatly during the middle Ages thanks to the "Via Francigena" the trading and pilgrim's route that crossed it. Such prosperity lead to the flourishing of works of art to adorn the churches and monasteries. On 8 May 1300 Dante Alighieri came to San Gimignano as the Ambassador of the Guelph League in Tuscany. In 1348 San Gimignano's population was drastically reduced by the Black Death Plague throwing the city into a serious crisis which eventually led to its submission to Florence in 1353. In the following centuries San Gimignano overcame its decline and isolation when it's beauty and cultural importance, together with its agricultural heritage, was rediscovered. Once in San Gimignano, other than admiring the famous towers, you can also see the "Duomo" or Collegiate Church, the "Palazzo del Popolo", the "Palazzo Nuovo del Podestà" (which is now the town hall), S. Agostino Church, the Museum of Holy Relics, and the infamous Museum of Torture, which displays early instruments of torture and reminds everyone that cruelty and violence existed even way back then.
On a lighter note, there are numerous shops which sell local products including the "Vernaccia" wine. During the transfer San Gimignano-Siena you will stop in Monteriggioni, without doubt one of the most classical and best known Italian walled town. The town was built by the Senesis in the years 1213-1219 on a hillock overlooking the Cassia Road. Its ideal position allowed controlling the Elsa and the Staggia Valleys in direction of Florence, the historic enemy of Siena. Here you'll have the chance to taste a true Tuscany meal in a typical trattoria. After lunch, we'll proceed to Siena, where you'll immediately notice an ancient and mysterious atmosphere floating through the little, narrow streets and squares. You'll feel as if you've stepped backwards in time.

Draped on its three hills, Siena is a very beautiful city to visit, a flamboyant medieval ensemble of places and towers cast in warm, brown, Siena-coloured bricks. It's soaring skyline is it's pride, dominated by the gothic cathedral (Duomo is one of the most spectacular in Italy and one of the few to have been built south of the Alps in full gothic style) and the taut needle of the Torre del Mangia and yet the shell shaped Piazza del Campo, probably captures the most attention and fame. It has been seen in films, photographs, and advertising campaigns. The bricks cover the sweetly sloping land underneath and are witness to many events in history, but the most intriguing is the "Palio" horserace, one of the most important things in the life of a Siena native. In the piazza on 2 July and 16 August there is a bareback horse race that was first recorded in 1283, but may have had its origins in Roman military training. On those days mayhem takes over this small town and non-natives can observe local patriotism at its best and worst. Any and everything will be done passionately to bring home the prize.

The price is the "Palio", a banner to be shown off with pride for the whole neighbourhood it represents. At the end you will drive back to Livorno pier on perfect time to reboard your ship.

BEST: Florence and Pisa Tour from Livorno cruise port

from €420 per unit

This Private Tuscany Shore Excursion from Livorno will take you to the two most classic sights of Tuscany: Florence and Pisa.

The marvellous Florence is the cradle of the Renaissance and there is no doubt that Florence is the single city with the highest concentration of art in the world. Not only its museums and monument are a "must see" for any traveller coming to Florence, but the city as a whole features an incomparable beauty, that made Florence become famous as the most elegant city in the world.

The Tuscany shore excursion will also take you to Pisa with the Miracle Square and the Leaning Tower or Pisa, Cathedral, Baptistery and “Campo Santo” form the architectural complex which commonly gets Pisa to be considered one of the most important art cities in the whole of Europe not just in Tuscany or Italy.

Transfer from Livorno cruise port to Florence city ONE WAY

from €190 per unit

This is a Private Transfer from Livorno Port to Florence city. All our chauffeurs have professional driving permits and are listed in the professional drivers' register. They are well mannered, elegantly dressed, skillful drivers with many years of experience. They will be at your service and do their utmost to satisfy your requirements, making your journey as pleasant as can be.

All drivers have been carefully chosen for their discretion, professionalism, and the ability to give useful advice on entertainment, restaurants and hotels. On demand we are able to provide chauffeurs with good knowledge of foreign languages.

Private Shore excursion to Florence and the Mall from Livorno

from €400 per unit

Art and Shopping!  Let's discover the most interesting sites of the historical center of Florence, but also enjoy a fantastic Shopping experience.

Your  personal driver will be waiting for you at the port of Livorno, holding a sign with your name on it. The drive to the Mall outlet center, with its 27 exclusive outlet stores and just nearby, D&G Outlet, will take about 1:30 h.  (depending on the traffic). Here, you have time for shopping, choosing the best high fashion brands. Break for lunch (inside the center, there is a nice spot where to eat).

Then, you reach Florence, to admire the historical center of the town.  Here, your private Tour Guide (optional) is waiting for you, to start the 2 hours walking tour of Florence. Otherwise, stop to take some pictures at the Holy Cross church and then, by van, you go as far as the  Republic square, hearth of Florence, ubicated between the religious and the political center. Free time.

At the end, back to Livorno.