Cruise Diva Goes
Ashore in Europe:
to see & things to do
Florence & Pisa, Italy
major Italian port city of Livorno is an entry point to Florence,
birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and Pisa, home of the famous
leaning tower. Livorno
doesn’t offer much in the way of attractions and its primary
appeal is its proximity to Pisa.
ships dock approximately a mile from Livorno’s town center and
taxis are generally available at the pier for the twelve-mile drive
to Pisa or two-hour journey to Florence.
If you aren’t taking a shore excursion to Florence, it’s
probably less costly to take the shuttle there to explore on your
own if the cruise line provides one.
is, of course, noted for the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Originally
intended as a campanile, it’s the most well known of the buildings
comprising the Campo dei Miracoli, or Field of Miracles. Site
of Galileo’s gravitational experiments, the tower began to tilt
even before it was finished and the angle has increased alarmingly. Elsewhere
in the complex, the duomo, with its four wedding cake tiers, is one
of Tuscany’s finest examples of Pisan-Romanesque architecture.
artistic and cultural center of the Renaissance, Florence
draws the majority of cruise passengers through Livorno to view her
splendor. Closed to
traffic, the historic area is compact and easily walkable. The
Duomo is the city’s historical focal point and from it the
Campanile, Baptisty, and Museo dell’Opera are a short stroll. No
visit to Florence is complete without a stop at Europe’s first
drawing school, the Galleria dell’Accademia, to view
Michelangelo’s sculptures, including the magnificent David. If
time allows, two of Florence’s great churches, Santa Croce and
Santa Maria Novella, contain splendid frescoes.
Across the Arno River, which bisects the city, is the Pitti
Palace with galleries containing works by the greatest Renaissance
artists, including Raphael and Titian.
Some shore excursions to Florence include a photo stop at the
Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Livorno, stop in one of the shops along Via Grande (the main street)
for locally produced olive oil and Chianti from the Tuscan
generally close in the afternoon.
is noted for jewelry, leatherwork, and marbled papers. Tuscan
ceramics are highly prized for their ornate designs.
no miracle that you can purchase all manner of tacky souvenirs along
Campo dei Miracoli, including the Leaning Tower in Pisa in a number
of sizes. Here and there a stall contains worthwhile leather
items at reasonable prices.
pebbly beaches of Livorno are generally nondescript.
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