Pisa & San Gimignano – A Tuscan Delight!

If you’re cruising on a Med Cruise you’re probably wondering what your options are as far as shore excursions are concerned. Our blog offers information on the most sought out destinations available in each of the major ports of call in Italy.

In this article, we are going to talk about visiting Pisa and San Gimignano from the port of Livorno, so read on if this is what you’re looking for or check out our other articles for different destinations.

Once your ship has arrived in the port of Livorno, your driver will greet you just off the gangway of your ship. He will have a sign with your name on so to be easily spotted. Your driver will be a professional Rome in Limo driver, fluent in English and knowledgeable in the area you are to visit, ready to make sure you enjoy your day onshore to the max!

Sitting comfortably in one of Rome in Limo’s latest models Mercedes vehicles, you will enjoy a pleasant drive through the lovely Tuscan countryside, dotted with quaint towns and villages overlooking the endless vineyards and olive groves, you will reach your first destination for the day: Pisa. 

In Pisa,  you can visit the Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracle Square), which includes the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Camposanto and, of course, the Leaning Tower, which is actually the Cathedral’s bell tower. If you wish to climb the Leaning Tower you need to get your tickets in advance. We suggest 11:00 am to fit into the rest of the day’s schedule.

You can choose to have lunch in one of the family-owned restaurants or grab a bite of Pizza to eat while exploring the city. That’s entirely up to you, but given the short time you’re allowed off the ship and the multitude of sites to see we suggest a quick bite before heading to your next destination: San Gimignano.

San Gimignano. The town is known as “The Medieval Manhattan” because of its skyline dotted with towers. Originally there were 72, some of them as tall as 230 feet, but today only about 14 are still standing.The towers were built by rich local families, each trying to better the others by raising their tower higher until the council put a stop to the rivalry by ordering that no tower be higher than the City Hall’s tower.

The main square of the town is Piazza della Cisterna, where you will find the well that has provided water for the town since 1346, surrounded by medieval buildings. Another site not to miss is the Collegiate Church of Mary, famous for its fresco cycles. The church is described as “works of outstanding beauty” by Unesco.

Now it will be time to meet your driver again and head back to your ship in Livorno. Our driver will ensure you are there at the requested time.

To visit Florence and San Gimignano with our Rome in Limo Private Tour click here while if you want to experience our Sharing Tours in Italy Shared Tour click here.

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