On Tuesday we ported in Livorno, Italy. The port of Livorno was also an industrial port.
Viator was great because they had specific excursions just for cruise passengers. They had a guarantee to get you back to the boat in time or they would pay to get you to your next port. Our driver, Luigi, was waiting for us when we got off the ship.
Our first stop was the Leaning Tower of Pisa!
We got there around 9:00am so there were not too many people there yet. The church wasn’t open to the public, but you could look inside.
This may sound dumb, but it really does lean! It’s crazy seeing it in person.
Of course we all had to take the infamous “holding up the tower” pictures.
Next Luigi drove us to Florence. I passed out in the car once again. I really did try to stay awake!
He drove us to the Piazzale Michelangelo to take some great pictures of the city.
Then he drove us into downtown Florence and dropped us off to explore.
We had purchased tickets online to go into the dome of the Duomo.
Of course when we got there the line was INSANE.
Even though we really wanted to go in, we decided to call it quits. It would be silly to wait in line all day and waste our time in Florence.
Instead we started wandering the streets of Florence. I bought some really great art from a vendor.
We really had no specific location. We wound up at the back of the Uffizi Gallery.
We had wanted to get tickets there too, but they were already sold out online.
As we were walking we got hungry so we stopped for pizza and beer for lunch.
Next we went to the Basilica of Santa Croce.
In Italy, and other places in Europe, they are strict on dress codes for churches. You must have your knees and shoulders covered. We brought shawls and skirts just in case, but you could also buy cover-ups in every church.
The inside of the church was beautiful. Churches in Italy are just so ornate.
The stations of the cross we MASSIVE!!
After the basilica we had to head back to the ship. Because of the get you back guarantee they make sure to get back in enough time, but that means less time on excursions.
Luigi, our driver for the day, was great! He knew all the ways to get around traffic and some cool, unknown touristy spots for us.
Because we had a late lunch we decided to just go to the buffet dining room for dinner. After they had a Dancing with the Stars competition.
We thought the competition was going to be different. They taught us the jive in a half hour and then randomly picked some of their “favorite” dancers. It was fun, but not very organized.
After we of course went to the piano bar. It was an every night tradition!