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Old January 27th, 2007, 11:25 PM
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To see The David (not the copy) with the Carnival Excursion it appears we would not be able to also see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. To all of those who have made this tour, which would you choose?
I just can't imagine going to Italy and missing either one.
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If you had to pick one destination, I would choose Florence (David) over Pisa. Much more overall to see. Remember, that you can also book a private tour from an independent operator which can get you to both locations in a single day.
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Good news! I found two couples who graciously invited us to join them in a private tour that would take us to Florence, tickets to the David, and a stop off in Pisa to see the Tower.
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As I recall, you have to be very careful to get to Florence at the right time to see the real David. The hours are odd.

I once rented a car in Italy and we say Florence, Lucca and Pisa all in the same day. You can also take the train to Florence with plenty of time to see the Pisa.

However, if the ship offers it, I think I would take the ship's tour just to be sure you get to see the real David and Pisa, because they have done their research.
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To see The David (not the copy) with the Carnival Excursion it appears we would not be able to also see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. To all of those who have made this tour, which would you choose?
I just can't imagine going to Italy and missing either one.
This is definitely a "choose one because you won't have time to do both" situation -- which means that you'll need to book another mediterranean cruise for next year. A few years ago, I did a tour that combined Firenze ("Florence") and Pisa, and was really disappointed because we did not have enough time to see either very well.

>> Firenze really requires several days because many of the significant works of art, like the original David, are in museums that typically have long queues for admission. If you want to get into the museum on your own, you need enough time to wait in the queue. And when you pay for admission to a museum, I'm sure that you'll want to see the whole of the museum rather than just one piece. (Tours, including ships' shore excursions, that visit museums usually have reserved group times, so they go right in when they arrive, but the combined tour of Firenze and Pisa did not include any museums in either city.)

>> While you don't need several days to see Pisa, there's a lot more to the city than just the leaning tower. The famous leaning tower is actually the bell tower of a huge "duomo" (cathedral church) filled with magnificent art of the renaissance period. If you are a conoisseur of fine art, the cathedral and the adjacent baptistry are worth at least a couple hours to take in these incredible works. The city also has museums and other attractions of its own.

The other factor that you might want to consider, in making your plans, is that many of the ports of call on a cruise to Europe involve very intense sightseeing, with most shore excursions leaving the ship between 8:00 and 8:30 and returning between 5:30 and 6:00 (with lunch included). When you are in the midst of such ports of call on several consecutive days, you may well appreciate a somewhat easier day that the half day tour of Pisa or the tour of the Tuscan winery offer.

Have a fantatstic cruise, whatever you decide!

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Thanks for your responses. It is always great to hear first hand about these things. Since I posted the original message, I have been able to book a private tour with two other couples where we will have tickets to the "real" David and tour Florence, with a stop-over in Pisa to see the Tower. This is basically a photo-op for us and we will spend most of our time in Florence. On the other site (Cruise Critics) everyone also recommended that we spend most of our time in Florence. I just could not see going to Italy and not at least seeing both the David and the tower. This solves my problem. I just can't wait to get there.
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