Private tour of Florence and Pisa
All tours are available with pick-up from Livorno Port, Pisa or Florence.
This sightseeing tour is the most convenient way to discover the historical monuments, memorials, museums, amazing architecture and countless admirable masterpieces in Pisa and Florence.
In Pisa you will visit the Piazza del Duomo or Piazza dei Miracoli, where the Leaning Tower of Pisa, The Baptistery and the Cathedral are located. Other interesting sights include: the Knights' Square or Piazza dei Cavalieri - the church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, the Gothic church of Santa Maria della Spina, the botanical garden Orto botanico di Pisa, The Palazzo Reale – The Royal Palace, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Museo delle Sinopie and Museo Nazionale di S. Matteo.
You will have an opportunity to eat a delicious meal at a local restaurant and enjoy a glass or two of a full bodied Tuscan wine.
In Florence you will see the church of San Miniato al Monte and Piazzale Michelangelo, with its spectacular panoramic views of Florence. You will head to Florence’s city center, where you can admire the Piazza Santa Croce and the pretty Santa Croce church - church of the Holy Cross. You’ll also see the impressive Piazza del Duomo (S. Maria del Fiore Cathedral, the Baptistery and Giotto's Bell tower), Piazza della Signoria (Palazzo Vecchio), Piazza della Repubblica and the elegant Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge). You’ll have free time to explore the many shops, watch the street performers, visit a museum or simply enjoy the views over the river. When you’ve finished exploring Florence, you can sit back and enjoy your drive through the incredible Tuscan countryside towards the port.
Prices from €200,00
Private tour of Pisa and Lucca
Enjoy a private full-day tour of the best known Tuscan cities Pisa and Lucca! This day trip is custom made according to your requirements and it can be adjusted as you go.
Pisa, the birthplace of Galileo Galilei, is famous for its architectural works of art and has a lot to offer. It is situated in a vast plain on a level with the sea and divided in two by the River Arno. The first place to visit in Pisa is the "Field of Miracles", where Pisa’s numerous legendary monuments stand: the Leaning Tower, the cathedral, the "Campo Santo" cemetery, the Baptistery, and the cathedral museum. A few years ago, after a long restoration, the tower was reopened and now you can go to the top to admire the view. Other amusing sights include: Museo delle Sinopie and Museo Nazionale di S. Matteo , the Knights' Square or Piazza dei Cavalieri - the church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, the botanical garden Orto botanico di Pisa, the Gothic church of Santa Maria della Spina, The Palazzo Reale – The Royal Palace, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
Soak up as much of this enchanting town as you can before heading to Lucca.
Lucca among other reasons is famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls. You will visit the Cattedrale di San Martino and have an opportunity to visit some of the many museums in Lucca including Palazzo Mansi National Museum, Villa Guinigi National Museum, Archivio di Stato, Museum of Risorgimento. The chateaus of Lucca are of an immense heritage treasure for the community. They were the summer residences of Lucca's most important noble families and distinguished foreign guests. Aside from villa Bottini and villa Guinigi found inner the city walls, the other villas are positioned on the surrounding hills or on the lake retreat.
Prices from €160,00
Private tour of Florence
Visit Florence with a luxury vehicle and an English speaking driver. Arriving along the scenic road you will reach the marvellous terrace called Piazzale Michelangelo overlooking the city centre. The gorgeous white and green marble facade of the S. Miniato al Monte church are nearby and this is one of the purest examples of the Florentine Romanesque style.
Following an uphill road, bordered by the ancient city walls, you will reach Forte Belvedere, built around 1590 by the Grand-duke Ferdinand to protect the Medici villas.
Passing the old gate to the city, the Porta Romana, you will reach the imposing Pitti Palace, that hosts many galleries and museums (Gallery of Modern Art, Costume Gallery, Palatine Gallery, Royal Apartments, Coach Museum, Silver and Porcelain museums, etc.) and a magnificent park called the Boboli Gardens.
The driver will then take you to Piazza Santa Croce to visit the Santa Croce church, where Michelangelo, Galileo, Macchaivelli, Foscolo, Rossini and Marconi are buried.
In Piazza Duomo you will visit the Cathedral or Santa Maria del Fiore with Brunelleschi’s dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the 5th century Baptistery, which Dante called ‘the beautiful St. John’. Next stop is Piazza della Signoria. This square has been the political centre of Florence since the Middle Ages and here you will discover Palazzo Vecchio.
The Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge of the city built across the River Arno. On both sides you’ll see the characteristic shops and above the bridge is the Vasari Corridor which links the Uffizi Gallery to the Pitti Palace.
The heart of Florence, piazza della Repubblica is surrounded by historical literary cafés and located between the Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria.
Private tour of Pisa
After a short drive through the picturesque Tuscan countryside you will arrive to the historic city of Pisa, famous for its architectural beauty and it’s Leaning Tower.
The tour will start with visiting the Cathedral Square, one of the major centres of medieval creation in the world. A few years ago, after a long restoration, the Leaning tower was reopened and now you can go to the top to admire the view. Within walking distance is The Baptistery - a marble superstructure with an overwhelming interior. The Medieval Cathedral – Piazza del Duomo is in possession of great works of art. You can visit The Museo delle Sinopie, also located in the Piazza del Duomo and find some extraordinary drawings here. The Museo Nazionale di S. Matteo is housing the most important paintings and sculptures in Pisa.
The second main square in Pisa is the Knights' Square or Piazza dei Cavalieri where the remarkable church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri is located. Each second weekend of the month (except July and August), the streets around Piazza dei Cavalieri become a great open market.
Near the area is the amazing botanical garden Orto botanico, one of the oldest botanical gardens of the world. Other magnificent Pisa attractions include: Gothic church of Santa Maria della Spina, The Palazzo Reale – The Royal Palace and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
Private tour of Lucca
This private tour of Lucca is a great opportunity to get an insight into this beautiful city and admire some of its most famous masterpieces and attractions.
The tour will start where the residents of Lucca spend their free time: on the city wall topped by a line of shady trees. You will visit the Cattedrale di San Martino, a fine example of Pisa Romanesque art and architecture containing the most precious relic in Lucca, the Volto Santo di Lucca or Sacred Countenance. There is a short walk to the Palazzo Mansi National Museum that has a wonderful gallery with various collections. At the Villa Guinigi National Museum you'll find collections of Italian paintings and sculptures. The Museum of Risorgimento and the Archivio di Stato are located nearby. If you decide to climb the 230 steps to the top of Guinigi Tower you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of Lucca and its gardens.
Lucca is famous for the beautiful chateaus community. Aside from chateau Bottini and chateau Guinigi found within the city walls, the other villas are positioned on the encircling hills. You can visit Villa Torrigiani, Villa Garzoni, Villa Reale di Marlia, Villa Mansi or Villa Grabau all located near Lucca. Please contact us for more details, opening times & ticket prices.
All our tours are custom made and private to suit you. If you would like to visit other sites in the area that are not mentioned here, please let us know and we will work together with you to create the perfect tour for you.
Lucca Villas Tour
The area around Lucca is alleged to contain some 300 parks with beautiful castles of varying proportions. We have selected the most spectacular , most luxurious and best known villas to make this tour a really special experience!
Visit the historical Villa Torrigiani, dating from the second half of the sixteenth century and admire the long and monumental avenue leading to the villa lined with cypresses. The "garden of Flora" will charm you with an amusing and surprising ensemble of grottoes, nymph temples, flowers, masks and secret water games. The heart of the park is the Nymphaeum of Winds, named for the statues personifying the winds, where the paths converge.The villa is opened every day from 1st Saturday in March to 1st Sunday in November, and by appointment the rest of the year.
Next you will see Villa Garzoni, an ornamented baroque spectacle in a bucolic valley dating from the late 12th century with two large circular pools with jets of water and grottoes, the statues of Flora, the Faun, Diana, Bacchus, Apollo and Daphne. The plants and hedges, cut into wonderful examples create a scenic background. The supporting walls of the steps contain niches decorated with statues in terracotta, gargoyles, fountains and plays of water. A double branched waterfall flows down from a small lake topped by the heroic terracotta statue of Fame. Opening hours:9.00am - 12.00am / 2.00pm - 5.00pm Monday - Friday, 8.30am - to sunset Saturdays and holidays (Novembrer 1st - February 28th); Daily 8.30am to sunset (March 1st - October 31st). House of the Butterflies is closed from November 1st to February 28th.
Continue to Villa Reale di Marlia, designed by Morel for Napoleon's sister Elisa Baciocchi Bonaparte and restored in the early twentieth century. You will see the baroque gardens, the "water theatre" with a grotto featuring Leda and the Swan, a Spanish garden, the Italian garden at the Bishop's Palace, a world-famous lemon garden and most memorable of all, the "theatre of verdure".The guided tours are always starting at 10-11-12-15-16-17-18 - seven days a week.
Villa Mansi is the poster girl of Lucchese villas. Surrounded by exquisite gardens, the villa is one of the most magnificent estates in Tuscany. Marble the eight statues, placed between Doric columns on the two upper levels. See the decorated interior with gilded ornaments, paintings and frescos from the neoclassical period. Opening hours: Winter: 10.00-12.00 and 14.30-17.00; Summer: 9.30-12.oo and 15.00-19.00. Closed on Mondays.
End your day with the magnificent Villa Grabau, an outstanding example of neo-classical architecture! Walk along the nine hectare park made up of a box hedge theatre, a large English Garden with its many rare species of tall trees, and a great Italian garden, whose lawns, encircled by a large row of Holm-Oak and Laurel in exedra style, are decorated with over one hundred terracotta vases of 100-year-old lemon trees. Fountains decorated with grotesque masks and white marble statues placed along the garden, tall hedges through which shady paths twist, give a romantic and mysterious atmosphere.Villa is opened from April to October (Daily except Monday). Also open Sundays from November to March.
Private tour of Siena and San Gimignano from Livorno port
Visit the two picturesque Italian towns of Siena and San Gimignano with this private tour from Livorno Port, Pisa or Florence.
Enjoy the scenic drive through the Tuscan countryside from the comfort of your private luxury vehicle. You’ll reach San Gimingano, where the skyline made up of the 14 remaining towers and the views from above and below them will stun you and make you feel like you have stepped back in time. San Gimignano rises on a hill (334m high) dominating the Elsa Valley with its towers which date back to the 11 century. Once in San Gimignano, you will also see the "Duomo" or Collegiate Church, the "Palazzo del Popolo", the "Palazzo Nuovo del Podesta" (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. On a lighter note, there are numerous shops which sell local products including the Vernaccia wine.
Situated on three hills, Siena is an incredibly beautiful city, with quaint streets, a flamboyant medieval ensemble of places and towers cast in warm, brown, Siena-coloured bricks.
The city is dominated by the gothic cathedral (the Duomo) which 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. You will experience the charm of Torre del Mangia and the shell shaped Piazza del Campo and understand why Siena has been the setting for films, photographs and advertising campaigns.
Private tour of Volterra and San Gimignano
Discover Volterra and San Gimignano, two of Tuscany's must see towns. Your day trip takes you through the picturesque countryside of the Tuscany region, a magical landscape of cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves you'll recognise from Renaissance paintings.
Volterra is the town of the legendary Etruscans and the snow-white alabaster. Here you will visit the Roman theatre (1st century BC), Piazza dei Priori, one of Italy's most beautiful squares, Palazzo dei Priori, Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Sacrament Chapel, the Addolorata Chapel, and a nearby chapel, dedicated to the Very Holy Name of Jesus. You will visit Medicean Fortress (Maschio) and Guarnacci Etruscan Museum, with thousands of funeral urns dating back to the Hellenistic and Archaic periods.
Outside the city, in direction of Lajatico, is the Medici Villa di Spedaletto. Also in the neighbourhood, in the Valle Bona, area, are excavations of Etruscan tombs.
San Gimingano is a tiny city that has survived the centuries. Hilltop San Gimignano is famous for its numerous skyscraper-like towers, frescoes and other art treasures. You will see the "Duomo" or Collegiate Church, the "Palazzo del Popolo", the "Palazzo Nuovo del Podesta" (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. You will have free time to explore this fascinating city and there are numerous shops which sell local products including the Vernaccia wine.
Private tour of Cinque Terre
This full day tour is an excellent way for you to explore Cinque Terre assembled of five little romantic villages built into the rocks between the hills and the beaches.
Montrosso al Mare has amazing beaches and attractions: The Castel perched on a hill where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views, the beautiful marble made church St. John the Baptist and next to it is the medieval bell tower crowned by merlon.
Vernazza is a picturesque seaside village. Visit the exciting Rustic Church Santa Margherita di Antiochia made in a Gothic-Ligurian style and the Castello Doria a castle just above the harbor with spectacular views. This is a very relaxing and calm village where you can enjoy a stroll on the main street or listen to the sound of the waves.
Corniglia is a part of the commune of Vernazza, perched high above the sea, surrounded by picturesque vineyards and terraces. Including the breathtaking views you may visit the church of St Peter built in a Baroque style with Gothic and Ligurian elements. You may also sample their famous wine which is produced locally since ancient times.
Manarola meaning “ large wheel” is characterized by brightly coloured tower houses and is the oldest town in Cinque Terre. On the west side you will see the harbour and on the east side you can visit the church. Among the arresting scenery you can enjoy a visit to the Piazza Capelini located at the higher part of the village decorated with mosaic, you can also visit the parish church of San Lorenzo with the bell tower and just across it , see the Oratory of the disciplinary of Manarola . You can walk and explore along the narrow alleys and the pastel squares.
Riomaggiore is the first and the largest village of all with the famous Vial dell Amore or the lover’s lane. Visit the church of San Giovanni Battista located in the upper part of the town, and the picturesque port full of colorful boats.
By taking our private tour, you will have the ability to spend as little or as much time at each of the cities and its attractions.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: In Cinque Terre, buses over 8 PAX are not allowed to drive along panoramic route Manarola - Monterosso. Passengers will continue journey by train, assisted by driver, and will get the bus again in Monterosso. Public boats operate subject to weather conditions and along the Cinque Terre until about the 3rd week of October. When boats are not operative transfer between towns will be by train or by minivan.
Chianti and Tuscany Countryside Private Wine Tour
On this private tour admire Tuscany’s rolling hills and explore the vineyards and olive groves of Chianti.
Following the "Wine Road" between vineyards and olive trees, you will reach Greve in Chianti, a small village, where you’ll find a monument to Giovanni da Verrazzano, the explorer who discovered the New York Harbour. See Piazza Matteotti with its porticoes, the Santa Croce church, the San Francesco convent and a series of typical, tiny, local shops and wine-cellars.
In Greve there is also the enoteca "Le Cantine" where you will be able to taste not only more than 100 different wines, but also olive oil, vin santo and grappa, all produced in the Chianti area - a showcase for the region's wines. You can also stop at the Bonollo grappa distillery and at Montefioralle, a small village above Greve, which still preserves its medieval architectural appearance.
After Greve, you will depart for the magnificent Castle of Verrazzano, situated on top of a hill between Florence and Siena, in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine production area.
At the Castle you can see the gardens, the centuries-old ageing cellars. Various products of the farm can be tasted, including olive oil, salted meats, wild boar sausage and the area's other typical specialities. Time permitting, after the castle the tour continues with a drive through the typical Tuscan countryside and small villages like Panzano and Castellina in Chianti, with an additional stop for another wine tasting at the famous "Rocca delle Macie" winery. On the way back, you will have the chance to admire the Medieval Fortress of Monteriggioni, with its walls and remaining towers witnessing the distant past.
The proposed itinerary is only an example of possible tour. For different pick up / drop off locations or customised itineraries we invite our clients to contact us in order to help them design their own tour.
Private tour of Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure
Portofino is one of the most famous and exclusive resorts in the world. The mixture of landscapes made up of tall, delicately coloured buildings and a deep green sea backed by Monte Portofino gives the village an astonishing beauty. The village, the square, the villas hidden amongst the olive groves has attracted many writers, movie stars and international celebrities.
Your driver will first take you to the “Piazzetta”, the heart of Portofino where everyone meets for an aperitif and where everyone wants to see and be seen. You will enjoy the site of the yachts and other luxury boats bobbing in the harbour. Next you will visit to the Brown Castle and a walk to the church of St. George and to the lighthouse. There are some magnificent views here and you will love taking photos. A five minute walk will bring you from the harbour to the Church of San Giorgio that houses relics of the dragon-slayer St. George. If you like shopping, this small town has many elegant boutiques with all kinds of wares, clothing and jewellery.
After Portofino, your driver will take you to Santa Margherita Ligure, built on the Gulf of Tigullio. This is another ancient fishing village that has become an exclusive resort town. Some of the older buildings here are still decorated on the outside with the trompe l'oeil frescoes typical of this part of the Riviera. Here you will have a chance to admire the Ligurian coast – the emerald green water and picturesque landscapes and the immense 16th century castle. At the end of your day, your driver will bring you back to your ship.