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Duration: 4 - 5 hours

Type Of Service: Florence to Cinque Terre Private Car Transfer Tour with one-hour stop-over in Pisa

Our car service transfers provide our clients the opportunity to make the most of their time while in Italy enjoying tours of other popular tourist destinations as they travel from one Italian city to another. On our Florence to Cinque Terre car transfer, enjoy a one-hour stop-over in Pisa and spend time at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and the extraordinary Piazza dei Miracoli, as part of your private car transfer from Florence.  Your driver will drop you off at Piazza dei Miracoli and wait for your return at the car parking lot.

We can arrange for skip the line tickets for those guests who want to climb the two-hundred eighty-eight steps of the Leaning Tower while in Pisa.  The Leaning Tower tickets are 28 euros per person.

Things to Know

  • Luxury Mercedes vehicle or something similar with air-conditioned with an English-speaking driver
  • Pick-up from Hotel in Florence, with a one-hour stop-over in Pisa
  • All transfers are based on each passenger carrying maximum 1 standard suitcase and 1 carry-on per person
  • Clients taking our Florence Cinque Terre Transfer can also pay an additional 28 Euro per person for reserved tickets to climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa (please be aware children under 8 years are not allowed to climb the Tower) The climb takes 25 – 30 minutes each way.  There are no hand-railings when climbing the steps and tennis shoes are highly recommended.
  • Private Car Transfers offered 7 days a week between April and October based on availability
  • Two departure times to choose from are; 9:00am – 2:00pm or 2pm – 7:00pm
  • Please be aware that most of the Cinque Terre town centers are not accessible by car, the driver will drop you off at the nearest car parking lot closest to the designated town. Guests will need to make arrangements with host hotel to meet them and assist guests with luggage to their hotel.
  • The Cinque Terre towns available for car service from Florence is: Monterosso, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, and Corniglia
  • Please note, that we will need to know your designated city in Cinque Terre and your hotel information when booking this tour
  • Client can request an additional time in Pisa – please inquire about rates for additional hour(s)

Additional Info

  • Region Liguria
  • City Florence
  • Duration 4 - 5 Hours
  • Highlights

    Private Florence to Cinque Terre Car Transfer includes a stop in Pisa and a chance to climb the Leaning Tower.

  • Pricing & Booking

    Inquire within about special rates. Discounted rates for 3 - 5 people. The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

     
  • Price inquire about special rates
Published in Things To Do

Duration: 9:00am – 5:00pm (8 hours)

Suggested time frame:  1 hour Pisa / 2 hours Lucca / 1 hour Viareggio Beach

This excursion to Pisa and Lucca will depart from your Florence hotel.  A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Pisa (about a 1.5-hour drive from Florence). You will be dropped off at the great square where all the main historical buildings are located.  The Leaning Tower, one of the most famous monuments in the world, the Baptistery, and the Cathedral.  After your visit and a few photo opportunities, you will travel about 45 minutes to the enchanting city of Lucca, where you will have some free time for lunch on arrival.  Your guide will suggest several restaurants for you to enjoy a casual lunch.

After lunch, stroll the old town center, stopping at historic sites such as the oval Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, center of entertainment in Roman times.  Other top attractions to see include the Piazza of San Michele with its beautiful Church of San Michele in Foro, the Basilica of San Frediano, as well as, the Clock Tower and Guinigi Tower, to name just a few.  Discover the numerous shops along the way and pick up souvenirs for family and friends.  After your time in Lucca, your final stop is Viareggio, which is a popular seaside town along the Tuscan Riviera (Versilia) and is a Riviera-style resort along the Italian coast with gorgeous buildings, luxurious hotels, shops, cafes, and restaurants.   You will stop for a gelato or a walk along the beach and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the white sandy beach.  Viareggio is a popular destination for Italians during the summer months. 

 Things to Know:

  • Visit the Tuscany towns of Pisa and Lucca on this day trip from Florence
  • Your first stop is Pisa, a city famous for its architectural beauty. Walk around Piazza dei Miracoli to see its celebrated monuments: Pisa Baptistery, Pisa Duomo and, of course, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. 
  • Enjoy family photos or selfie photos at the marble façade of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • The Leaning Tower entrance is optional; admission cost is 18 Euros per person; usually, takes 30 minutes to climb the 251 steps; spectacular views once you reach the top.
  • The Baptistery admission tickets are 5 Euros per person. (optional)
  • Wander the walled city of Lucca to enjoy a casual lunch and shopping
  • Self­-guided tour of Pisa, Lucca, and Viareggio
  • Stop for gelato and walking along the boardwalk on Viareggio Beach.
  • Private Tour - Minimum of 4 and Maximum of 6 (other group sizes inquire)
  • Florence Hotel pickup in Center City at 8:45am
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes

 

Additional Info

  • Region Tuscany
  • City Pisa & Lucca
  • Duration 8 hours
  • Highlights

    Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the City of Lucca.  After exploring these landmarks of Italy, enjoy a visit to Viareggio Beach.

  • Note

    We will provide a private chauffer to drive you throughout the day.

  • Pricing & Booking

    Rates Starting at $250.00 for a private tour for 2 people to include private transportation in a luxury Mercedes mini-van. Please inquire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for special discount rates and group sizes for 4 or more people. The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $250.00 Per Person
Published in Privately Guided Tours

Duration:  Time Varies

Type Of Service: Luxury Helicopter Tours in Tuscany

 

Take to the Tuscan Skies Helicopter Tour – with Wine Tasting & Lunch

On this flight, you will see the Tuscan Countryside like never before, with some of the best views of the soaring towers of San Gimignano, shining like a star in the surrounding landscape of Chianti.  You will enjoy the view of the beautiful countryside, covered with vineyards, olive groves, and fly over the Prestigious Winery, vineyards and surrounding property.  You will be connected with headphones to the pilot to receive information on the moments and visions on this amazing tour.  I guarantee you this will be one of the most memorable experiences you will have for a long time. Once you are done soaring the skies, you will head inside the Winery.  You will enjoy a traditional Italian lunch, paired with over 10 wines throughout the region and dessert!  An experience of a lifetime, filled with good food, good wine, and great conversations.

Things to Know:

  • The flight time is 20 minutes
  • Delicious Tuscan lunch with dessert
  • Wine tasting of various wines
  • Departure from San Gimignano location
  • Maximum number of passengers:  5
  • Must be booked 30 days in advance
  • Private Transportation provided from Florence to San Gimignano

 

(See Additional Helicopter Tours available in the Tuscany Region)

Tuscany Helicopter Tour:

The most beautiful and fascinating Tuscany towns seen from a unique perspective. Flying over the Tuscan hills, exploring the origin of Chianti area, San Gimignano, Siena, and Florence from the sky.

  • The flight time is about 50 minutes
  • Departures from Florence or Pisa
  • Maximum number of passengers:  5

Chianti Castle and Helicopter Tour:

The Heart of Chianti. Tour over the beautiful hills of the Tuscan countryside where one of the most famous wines in the world the "Chianti” is produced. Flying over the Chianti hills, San Gimignano admiring the Town and its enchanting Towers, and landing at a beautiful Castle for a quick tour and wine tasting.

  • The flight time is 45 minutes
  • Lands at famous castle for tour and wine tasting – 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Departures from Florence or Pisa
  • Maximum number of passengers:  5

Florence Helicopter Tour

Florence from the sky. Tour over the Tuscan capital of the Renaissance, admire the most famous Artistic Masterpieces like Ponte Vecchio, Basilica di Santa Croce, Piazzale Michelangelo, Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria, Santa Maria del Fiore, Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Bell Tower, Fortezza da Basso and Cascine Park. 

  • The flight time is 40 minutes
  • Departures from Florence
  • Maximum number of passengers:  5

 

 

Additional Info

  • Region Tuscany
  • City FlorencePisaSan Gimignano
  • Duration Times Varies
  • Highlights

    See Tuscan countryside like never before, high in the sky with your own Private Helicopter Tour.

  • Note

    Helicopter tours take - off at several locations; Siena, San Gimignano and Florence

  • Pricing & Booking

    Please inquire to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask about promotions and special rates for different group sizes.

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours has an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

     
  • Price starting at $1,200 and up
Thursday, 12 November 2015 19:26

Regions in Italy

So you’ve decided you are GOING TO ITALY! How Exciting! Many people dream of visiting Italy and experiencing la bella vita, and while you certainly can’t avoid it anywhere in the country, there are some things to think about before you take off that will make your time that much more enjoyable.

First, Italy is a large, and very diverse country. Traveling across regions is almost like traveling across countries themselves. The Italian people are very attached to their City, Region, and Country, in that order, so be sure to talk to locals wherever you go to get to know the intricacies of the very different regions of Italy.

Planning your trip’s itinerary won’t be easy since there is SO much to see and do, but a little background on the country’s layout is helpful when decided what it is you want to get out of your time: are you looking for sports? history? art? food? beaches? mountains? fashion? design? Italy has it all, but some places have it better than others!

Italy can best be divided into three geographical areas: north, middle and south, although again across those areas culture, food and tradition varies greatly.

 

Northern Italy: Alta Italia

Northern Italy is made up of the Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and Trentino Alto-Adige. It boasts such famous cities as Milan, Venice, Turin, Genoa and Bologna. The weather is cooler than the rest of the country due to the northern location and proximity to the Apennines and Alps. This area is traditionally the more wealthy part of Italy, and houses most of the country’s industry. Cities like Milan and Venice can be slightly more expensive than some cities in the central or southern parts of Italy. However, public transportation and tourism services are much more developed and functional than in other parts of the country!

The major airport for the northern region is Milan’s Linate International Airport. There are many other airports in the region however, including Bologna, Venice and Genoa, so do some price comparisons before booking your ticket. The climate in this region varies considerably, both depending on time of year and location. Venice gets extremely hot in the summer, while Turin and the Lake District (Cuomo) stay much cooler and tend to be flocked by Italians trying to beat the heat during the summer months. The Italian Alps begin their ski season as early as November in some places.

Northern Italy has many attractions and offers activities for everyone. Those who enjoy sport and the outdoors may want to visit the lakes for water sports, or go hiking in the Italian Dolomites. Everyone should see Venice at least for a day while they still can! Milan is great for anyone interested in design or fashion, and also has a wide selection of galleries and museums for those interested in both Renaissance and contemporary art. One can also visit the Italian Riviera for some great beaches.

The cuisine of this region is also quite variable, but generally tends to be no the heavier side of some of the traditional Italian specialties we normally think of. This is where Italians eat risotto with saffron, polenta, LOTS of parmigiano reggiano (from the Emilia Romagna province – an area that all foodies must visit), heavy meat dishes and stews, etc. Closer north near the Austrian border we see a lot of Austrian or Slovenian influence in the cuisine, as well as the wines. Prosecco is from the Veneto, and Gewürztraminer is from Trentino Alto-Adige. Think lots of nice white wines, and a LOT of grappa!

 

Central Italy: Tuscany and Rome

Central Italy is made up of the regions Lazio, Marche, Tuscany and Umbria. Geographically it also contains Abruzzo and Molise, but they are traditional grouped with Southern Italy due to cultural similiarities. This is where the rolling hills of Unbria and Tuscany call to mind Napa Valley. This is wine country. Central Italy is home to cities like Florence, Siena, Perugia, and of course Roma. Still quite wealthy, but more varied wealth across regions, central Italy is also extremely easy to explore via bus or train, so you can visit some little hill towns in the Val D’Orcia, or take a train and ride up and down the coast. This section of Italy is full of tiny medieval towns, and if you do your research ahead of time, you could get to participate in one of their on-going traditional medieval festivals!

Rome and Florence both have international airports, as does Pisa. Flying into Bologna is also an easy way to get to Florence as they are connected via both fast and regional trains. The weather in the region is quite temperate, with clearly distinct seasons similar to the weather on the mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. The winters are cold, and although snow is uncommon it is not unheard of. The summers get quite hot, going up to one hundred degrees, and the air tends to be humid, especially inland.

Florence and Rome are the dominating destinations in Central Italy, and rightfully so. Rome as the capital and Florence as the birthplace of the Renaissance are not to be missed if possible. I would argue each city really deserves its own trip to truly get the most out of what they have to offer. Rome is a massive metropolitan center, filled with tourists all year round. The Vatican is a major destination, its museums housing some of the most beautiful and famous Renaissance artwork, as well as the Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The City of Rome of course has many ancient Roman ruins that would excite anyone remotely interested in human history: the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Catacombs, just to name a few. Florence on the other hand is the must-visit for anyone interested in Renaissance art or history, and is also a good base to explore some of the smaller towns in the region that will have you thinking of Under the Tuscan Sun. The Chianti region is full of tiny gems to visit and have an amazing meal at, as is the area between Siena and Rome. You’ll have to get to know the regional bus lines though!

Again, each region has its own traditional cuisine, but Central Italy has some of the healthiest, heartiest, what traditionally would have been peasant food but has now been elevated to an incredible level of International renown. Bistecca alla Fiorentina can only be truly enjoyed in Tuscany, just as Rome is the place to eat Saltimbocca or Osso Buco. Siena is famous for its sweets, traditionally eaten at Christmastime, and the Umbrian town of Norcia, in the Appennine foothills is where the best black truffles can be found, as well as some of the best pork products like prosciutto and salame. The hills are home to wild boar, which is cooked into many traditional stews or sauces. This is also wine country, so look out for Chianti, Montalcino, Montepulciano, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano. I could write a whole article about Tuscan cuisine, and I probably will, so check our blog frequently!

 

Southern Italy: Untouched

Southern Italy is where many Italian Americans origins are. It is the poorest part of the country, and encompasses the “foot” part of the boot of Italy, as well as the island of Sicily and some other Islands off the coast of Naples. It is made up of the regions of Abruzzo, Apulia, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria, Molise and Sicily. Due to traditional poverty and well-known corruption, transportation to many less-frequented yet extremely beautiful areas is difficult without a car of your own. The trains are regional and buses connecting cities are infrequent. We’ll talk more about renting cars in Italy later, but this may be the area to do so if you are up for the challenge!

The nearest major international airport is Rome, but there are two smaller airports on the east coast: Bari and Brindisi, both in Apulia. Naples has an international airport, and the island of Sicily may be reached via Palermo in the north or Catania in the south. The climate in the South is Mediterranean, so again variable across seasons but markedly warmer than the north or center of the country. The area is frequently overlooked as a tourist destination, so it is a nice respite from the throngs of Florence or Venice if you have the chance to visit. The beaches are spectacular, overlooking truly crystalline water. On clear days you can even see Africa from certain points along the coast.

While Sorrento, the Amalfi coast and the island of Capri are all beautiful places to visit, they are also the most famous tourist destinations in this area. If you are looking for beautiful vistas and country club style and treatment, these resort towns are a perfect place to pamper yourself or take a boat out. If you are more on the adventurous side, continue south and explore the towns of Calabria, famous for its spicy peppers and warm inhabitants. From Naples you can climb Mount Vesuvius and eat a traditional Neapolitan pizza. Matera, in the Basilicata region, is slated to be the European Capitol of Culture in 2019, and boasts what are thought to be among the first ever human settlements in Italy carved out of the rocks that make up its ancient city center. Those interested in architecture will enjoy the cities along the southern coast of Sicily, where due to volcanic and seismic damage, many buildings were rebuilt in a new Sicilian Baroque style.

Southern Italian cuisine is what most Americans think of as Italian cuisine: eggplant parmigiana, pizza, calzone, spaghetti, maccheroni, and the list goes on. The region is big on short, dry pasta, as opposed to the soft egg pastas of the northern, wealthier regions. Mozzarella is from this area, as is ricotta, made light and fresh. San Marzano tomatoes are grown in the volcanic soil under mount Vesuvius, and are used ubiquitously. Many of the dishes served in the south have Italian-American counterparts due to generations of Italians emigrating to the US from these regions due to extreme poverty. This part of Italy also of course produces much of its own wine, but the wine tends to be drunk young and domestically, rather than bring preserved and shipped. So come here if you are okay with some chilled red table wine or a beer with your pizza!

This has just been an EXTREMELY brief overview of what you might expect as you plan your trip to Italy. Every part of the country has its own secrets, cuisines, and traditions, but if you can’t move there, these generalized descriptions should help you tailor where you want to start and end your visit to the big boot. Once you determine your itinerary, be sure to check seasonal weather charts so you can pack accordingly to where you will be visiting. Read on for more about the items that you will need to bring with you to get the most out of your Italian vacation!

Published in Tips & Tricks
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 19:47

Jeff and Ali

Our excursion to Italy….In one word was “PERFECT”!

We had an amazing time visiting several places in Italy and Hali’s suggested itinerary and careful planning made for a great holiday without any drama!

Her knowledge and experience of connecting us with amazing tour guides, wonderful accommodations and orchestrating the travel between each city, was very well organized.

Hali listened to our long and complicated bucket list which included everything from art & history in Florence, biking in Lucca, getting to the top of the Tower of Pisa and hiking Cinco Terre, all while staying in beautiful accommodations and eating AMAZING food, and she was able to pull it all together without a hitch!

Thank you Hali for making our visit to Italy a very memorable experience!!!Grazie Mille !!!

Published in Testimonials

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