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Livorno is the gateway to glorious Tuscany. Visit Florence - the cradle of the Renaissance - home to the Duomo, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio. Here the Medici fostered a city-state whose cultural legacy is as great as classical Athens. Giants like Dante, Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo infused the West with a new creative spirit. Then there is Pisa, Florence's rival for political power. Pisa, a brash, ...
... are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of The Cinque Terre National Park.
A drive north from the Port of Levorno took us to the Cinque Terre. In the village of Manarola, we we explored the village and then boarded a train for a short ride that took us to the fishing village of Vernazza. No visit to the Cinque Terre can end without visiting Monterosso al Mare. We enjoyed exploring the tiny shops and had lunch at a very cute cafe.
Last night we once again had a fantastic dinner. All selections from all three courses were based on dishes from the show 'top chef at sea' competition and they were really good. The issues I had developed regarding weight loss over a month and a bit of walking have been sorted in about three days on the cruise. After rolling out of the formal dinning room we needed to go for a walk and on the top deck of the ship is the 'corning museum of glass' glass blowing demonstrations. ...
... weight and looked good and were very reasonably priced.
The day had been quite warm and continued to be so into the afternoon when a thunderstorm hit the city. It rained for quite a while as our guide gathered us together for a fairly long walk back to where we would meet the coach. By the time we arrived at the bus, we were all quite drenched. However still in good spirits we travelled back to the port of Livorno to reconnect with our ship.
... Florence. A scenic panorama overlooking the red tiled roofs and the domes of the churches... As in all the old cities, many streets are cobbled and extremely narrow, cars and scooters park Anywhere and everywhere making driving through the streets impossible...but they seem to do it without too much fuss, a little bump here a scratch there ...no problem...watched a car reverse park and knock over a scooter....another walk to his car to find ...