Highlights of this tour
- Michelangelo’s Square
- Santa Croce Basilica
- Cathedral Square
- Republic Square
- Ponte Vecchio Bridge
After you meet your driver at your accommodation or the cruise port, your Highlights of Florence tour begins. From the cruise port, you will drive through the beautiful hills of Tuscany, and you will pass the typical vineyards and olive groves. While driving through the marvelous landscapes, your local driver will tell you more about the history of the area, about the city of Florence, and the sights you are about to see.
The first stop in Florence is Michelangelo’s Square and you will get an initial overview of this unique ancient city, full of history, art, and architecture. Your journey continues to the heart of the city, with a stop in Santa Croce Square. Here you find the Santa Croce Basilica, with inside the tombs where some of Italy’s greatest minds are buried. Eminent names such as Galileo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Dante have found their last resting place here.
After the Croce Basilica, you continue towards Cathedral Square. The locals refer to this as the Piazza del Duomo. Here you find one of the main monuments in Florence: Catedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, decorated with stunning marble panels and carvings. Besides this cathedral, the square has much more to offer as the Campanile, or bell tower, the Baptistry of Saint John with a striped marble exterior, and Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo.
From the Piazza del Duomo, you make your way to Republic Square. This square is one of the main squares in Florence since Roman times.
Your last stop on the Highlights of Florence tour is the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge. The oldest bridge in Florence with a rich history. You see the bridge in its original state. Back in the days, many bridges were built like this, including all sorts of shops stacked on top of each other.
Your driver-guide will suggest local places for lunch during the tour, not included. And at the end of the day, he will bring you back to the cruise port or your accommodation again.
Be advised that when your starting point is the port of La Spezia, we do not recommend to visit more than one museum due to the driving distance from the port. Tickets have to be paid directly on the spot.
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