Villaggio I Sorbizzi Resort
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Livorno is the closest port to visit Florence, Pisa & Cinque Terre.
We have already done Pisa and Cinque Terre. The tour to Florence was again too long to drive too and very little time to sightsee. Most of the tours are $200 each with some around the $400 price tag. We have decided that we will have to come back, so Florence will be on that trip.
So Livorno it is for the day. Another hop on/off bus tour. Livorno was also extensively ...
... of either coming wine tasting with us , or go to the mean kids club.
She decided she preferred the mean kids club option (!?).
Both kids have had enough of sightseeing, and I wouldn't be surprised if they don't even leave the boat!
Daryl and I headed out by bus to a lovely Villa and vineyard called Varramista that was built in the 1500s.
It had a gorgeous garden- set out in a typical Italian style; with lots of hedges, ...
... WWII and many buildings were rebuilt at that time and the fort that once defended the port has huge cracks in its ramparts after the ammunition stored inside exploded during one of the air raids.
Another interesting sight was the Mercato Coperto which is a 19th Century cover market. Although the building is ok what's of more interest are the stalls ...
... cruise ship buses had arrived. Most of them then went off to Florence or Cinque Terre but we decided to do smaller places which was a wise decision! Apart from “semen” between the bricks (instead of cement), everything was easy to understand!
Our next stop in Tuscany was Lucca a 16th and 17th century old city hidden behind Renaissance walls (and one of the few that survived being destroyed in the war ...
... said would stop either twice or 4 times depending on whether we ended up on the late train or the correct one,
Le Spezia was not as attractive close-up but we only saw the bit from the station to the bus and then the drive out of the city. We had a better view of Pisa on the way back and also saw views of villages in the hills. When we arrived at the ship we were greeted with cold towels and then had our bags scanned. We had tea in the main dining room ...