This one-day visit gives you a sampling of the city's treasures, including a visit to the beautiful Basilica of Santa Croce, and an up-close look at the statue of David, magnificently carved by Michelangelo. As you approach Florence, you'll stop at the Piazza Michelangelo for an overview of the city's tiled roofs, steeples and domes. All the main attractions in Florence are centrally located and perfect for a walking tour. First, you'll visit the Galleria Dell'Accademia where you can see Michelangelo's famous Statue of David, and best of all, you'll have a reserved time for entering so you won't have to stand in long lines! You'll visit Piazza del Duomo, the religious center of Florence in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Continue on to the Piazza della Signoria, the Basilica of Santa Croce and then walk to the Ponte Vecchio for a photo opportunity. After lunch, some free time for shopping is allowed before returning to Livorno.
Note: Your guide will join you in Florence, however you'll have an escort with you throughout the day. Guests who are planning to visit religious sites during free time or on tour, please dress appropriately; no bare shoulders or shorts are allowed. The walking tour in Florence will cover approximately 2 miles. Most museums are closed on holidays. The Galleria Dell'Accademia is closed on Mondays; this tour will not be available for guests on the Norwegian Spirit April 28th, 2012, September 7th, 2012, nor October 13th, 2012 sailings.
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Customer Reviews for Splendor Of Florence & Michelangelo's David
Review 1 for Splendor Of Florence & Michelangelo's David
Was an extensive walking trip and very rigorous pace at times. Impressive display of work by students as well seeing the work of the Master. Nice bus ride through the countryside. He was an excellent guide that was very knowledgable and made it interesting for those who just endure art. Had a good meal with plenty of wine. Later we found the church acoustics were great when one of our tour members sang prving that the builders knew what they were doing.
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Review 2 for Splendor Of Florence & Michelangelo's David
Cruise Date Month:October
Favorite port:Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy
Date:October 12, 2012
Italy Walking tour
It was my first trip to Italy anf Florence, I thought of what I wanted to get out of the whole trip and that was to see things of the past... scultptors...
This tour was alot of walking but it was on a nice pace, the weather was great for all the walking. The meal was good but it was similar to what I had in Rome, but it was good too... The Statue of David was magnificant and you had more time to sit and just look, you had time to look which is what i like to do when i look at artwork... I really dont like to be hearded through a museum.... The view on top of Michalangeo Square, it think that is what it was called, was great... the Church can be seen from everywhere....but it was sad that i could not go in to the church of St. Frnacis of Assi church. I wanted to pray for my grandma who went to a church in NYC 2-3 times a day and i wanted to pray while i was there... but besides of all that ... it iwas a good tour....you should look into taking it.....
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Review 3 for Splendor Of Florence & Michelangelo's David
The tour ends high on an hill overlooking Forence. Spectacular.
Since we had never been to Florence, we chose to book the tour that would give us the best overview and give us the chance to see the original David. The day turned out to be more wonderful than we anticipated.
Our guide was very knowledgeable about the city and about art and gave us a cultural art history lesson during most of the bus ride into Florence. Since it was early morning, he could tell by the traffic that our best bet was to begin at the Accademia where we didn't have to stand in line. The David is absolutely amazing, well worth planning a tour day around.
From there we walked through Florence seeing many sights, the Doumo, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Ponte Vecchio, the alleyways, and many gelato stands. The whole time, our knowledgeable and charming guide, Ricky, was filling us with information about the sights we were experiencing.
Mid-day we stopped for lunch, a three course Italian meal with red wine. Although the meal was good, I would have rather sought out my own meal and made my own choices. I can't help but think that we had the equivalent of banquet food and I would have been happy with a bruchetta at a local eatery.
During the day we also had about two hours of free time to shop. I understand this time is variable and we were lucky to have a group that kept with Ricky and followed directions so we had plenty of time. Ricky made several good recommendations for buying leather, gelato, and wine so even though I am not a shopper, this time was well spent.
At the end of the day we were happily exhuasted and slept on the bus, along with most of our fellow tourists. Do be aware that the summer crowds are intense, the heat is significant, and the cobblestone walkways are uneven. This tour is definitely for those who want to walk a lot to see a lot and won't be slowed down by infirmities. It was the perfect tour for us so that next time (and there will be a next time) we will be ready to launch out independently.