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From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

1. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

Begin your journey of Tuscany at Florence’s central train station, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Siena, Italy’s most picturesque medieval city, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Look up to admire the lovely terracotta roofs adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the main cathedral.   Next, head to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for the tower houses built in the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time here to see its splendid squares, palaces, churches, and magnificent towers. The last stop on your Tuscan excursion is a visit to Pisa and its iconic leaning tower. Take a stroll through the Piazza dei Miracoli and see other marvelous monuments, before driving back to Florence. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a homemade lunch paired with an informal wine tasting at a traditional wine estate in the Chianti wine region. Savor 4 regional wines at lunch and learn about their unique production techniques. Feast on an organic, farmhouse meal while you overlook the rolling vineyards under the Tuscan sun.

Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

2. Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

Climb up the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa with this convenient timed entrance ticket. Skip the long lines at the ticket office and go directly to the tower at your reserved time slot for a stress-free visit to the Leaning Tower, located in Piazza del Duomo next to the 11th-century Cathedral and the Baptistery. Walk past the notoriously long queues and admire both the tower and the cathedral at your own pace. The Tower is the third oldest structure in Piazza del Duomo after the cathedral and the baptistery. The construction of the tower started in 1172 and took place in three stages over a span of 199 years. In 1987, the tower was declared part of the Piazza del Duomo UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the neighboring cathedral, baptistery, and cemetery.

Pisa: All-Inclusive Guided Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

3. Pisa: All-Inclusive Guided Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

Embark on a guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli and enter into the iconic Pisa Cathedral. Go inside the cathedral's baptistery and enjoy the option of climbing the Leaning Tower for unparalleled views of the city. Learn about the tower's history from your local guide. Start your tour by discovering all the monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Be dazzled by this marvelous square, which the Cathedral dominates. Follow your tour guide inside the Cathedral and admire its decorations and gaze at this example of Pisa Romanesque architecture. Also enter the baptistery, the biggest in the Catholic world and famous for its echo (replaced with the cemetery if inaccessible that day). Focus on the Leaning Tower, one of the wonders of the world, which you will have the opportunity to climb (if the option is selected).

Pisa Cathedral Guided Tour and Optional Leaning Tower Ticket

4. Pisa Cathedral Guided Tour and Optional Leaning Tower Ticket

Discover the monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Be dazzled by this marvellous square which is dominated by the Cathedral. Enter the Cathedral and see the Pisa Romanesque architecture. Admire the celebrated Leaning Tower, the round-shaped Baptistery surrounded by its suggestive columned arcades and its Camposanto, originally a cemetery, an extraordinary quadrangular cloister. Your guide will focus on the Leaning Tower, one of the wonders of the world.  After your 1-hour guided tour of the Square, you'll have the opportunity to climb the Leaning Tower. 

Pisa: 3-Hour Guided Tour of Pisa's Famous Buildings

5. Pisa: 3-Hour Guided Tour of Pisa's Famous Buildings

Marvel at Pisa's most famous monuments on a guided walking tour. Skip the queues and learn the history behind the four great religious buildings: Pisa Cathedral, Pisa Baptistry, the famous Leaning Tower, and the Camposanto Monument. Start your tour in the Square of Miracles and marvel at one of the finest architectural centers in the world. Step into the cathedral and admire the magnificent marble mosaics and pointed arches towering above you, while your guide highlights the Tuscan artistry and strong Byzantine influence. Explore the largest baptistery ever built in Italy with its enigmatic style. Hear its acoustics led by the duty officer every 30 minutes, making the baptistery a monumental musical instrument. Then, visit the incredible Leaning Tower of Pisa and hear the fascinating story behind the famous name. Climb up 251 steps and explore this medieval bell tower.

Livorno: Escorted Shore Excursion to Pisa with Leaning Tower

6. Livorno: Escorted Shore Excursion to Pisa with Leaning Tower

As your cruise arrives in Livorno, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a half-day shore excursion exploring Pisa, a beautiful city approximately 30 minutes from the port. Once in Pisa, you will enjoy a short walk with your expert guide to Miracle Square, where you will find the most precious jewels of Pisa. To access, you'll pass through the Santa Maria gate, one of the entrances of the old wall that used to surround the city. From there you will be enchanted by the beautiful construction, including the white marble of the cathedral and baptistery, and the green grass where you can lie down to admire the astonishing monuments which surround you. You will be free to explore this treasure of Tuscany at your own pace and discover its secrets and history with the stories that your tour leader will tell you during your bus ride. At your tour's conclusion, you will be returned to the port of Livorno.

From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Tour

7. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Tour

Depart from Rome and head out into the rolling Tuscan countryside on your full-day sightseeing adventure. During the journey, learn about this stunning region and its impressive history, which was of great importance to the creation of the Italian language. Arrive in Florence, a stunning city bursting with Renaissance architecture, history, art, philosophy, and science in every corner. Enjoy a guided tour of the city and visit all the most important landmarks, including the Piazza del Duomo, Mercato Nuovo, Vecchio Bridge, and more.  After the tour, enjoy free time to explore on your own. Don’t forget to stop at a local café to sample some delicious Tuscan delicacies and desserts. Upgrade your experience and receive tickets to the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo's David. Hop back onboard the bus and continue the tour to Pisa. Upon arrival, visit the UNESCO listed Piazza dei Miracoli where the Pisan Romanesque style cathedral is located. In the same square, find the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa and stop to take some photos for your vacation album.  Spend some more free time exploring the city before hopping back on the bus where you can soak up stunning countryside views on the return to Rome.

From La Spezia: Round-Trip to Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

8. From La Spezia: Round-Trip to Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

Visit Pisa with this shore excursion from La Spezia. Upon debarking, you will take one of the free shuttle buses from the pier to the terminal to travel to the local partner's bus. Once having boarded, it will be time to begin your tour of Pisa. You will walk through Piazza Dei Miracoli to admire its monuments, including the Leaning Tower, the cathedral, the baptistery, and much more. After a short walk you will have free time to enjoy an ice cream tasting before relaxing by the central square. You'll also be welcome to visit inside the Leaning Tower with the purchase of a ticket. At the conclusion of your experience, you'll return to La Spezia to re-board your ship.

From Livorno: Shore Excursion to Florence & Pisa

9. From Livorno: Shore Excursion to Florence & Pisa

Discover the "Cradle of the Renaissance" and the beautiful miracle square at your own pace with a round-trip transfer service from Livorno. Your journey will be in a comfortable GT coach with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi, driven by a multilingual assistant for your convenience. You'll receive a free map of Florence and Pisa, as well as receive an emergency number so that everything goes smoothly. Your first destination will be Florence - you will be dropped off at the Piazzale Montelungo next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station, enjoy your free time to explore the sites that interest you the most at your own pace. Leave Florence and travel to Pisa in the afternoon, where you will have at least 70 minutes to visit the famous Piazza dei Miracoli, one of Italy's most famous monuments. After, enjoy a scenic transfer back to Livorno.

From Livorno: Bus Transfer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa

10. From Livorno: Bus Transfer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa

See the Tower of Pisa and other marble monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli ("Square of Miracles") in Pisa with a convenient round-trip bus transfer from Livorno city center. Benefit from a shuttle bus service from the port to the city center for connecting transfers, and a convenient pick-up point just a few meters from the cruise shuttle bus stop. Then, journey to the Renaissance city of Pisa, where you will have 2.5 hours to explore the Leaning Tower of Pisa and landmark attractions of the Piazza dei Miracoli on your own. Get a free city map to help you find your way. Considered one of the finest architectural complexes in the world, the square is an open-air museum to European medieval art. After 2.5 hours in Pisa, hop back on the bus to Livorno and get dropped off at your departure point.

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What people are saying about Pisa

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,247 reviews

This tour was the perfect way to see the Tuscan country side in one day! It’s a long day with a lot of walking but you see so many different things in a short time. Our tour guide was very helpful when needed but also let us do our own things. The winery was amazing and would have loved to spend more time there. If you are looking to get really deep into each city and spend a lot of time looking around this tour probably isn’t for you. We had about an hour to and hour and a half in each city and lunch at the winery was about an hour as well. Would recommend this to friends or family visiting!

Enrica was a great tour guide, lots of knowledge and so friendly. Wish we would have had a little less time in Siena and a little more time at the winery perhaps touring around the grounds, but this was the itinerary and no issues with the tour we went on! You still get to see tons in just one day. Overall enjoyable and would recommend.

Excellent 1-day tour to get to know the main places in Tuscany. Our guide Cristina was an excellent hostess and everything was very well organized.

Erika was an amazing guide through these beautiful cities. We enjoyed our time and discovered Tuscany. 100% recommendable.

Nice and we just confused at the very beginning where ‘s the exact meeting place. Other than that no other issues.