Mediterranean Cruise: Pisa and Florence, Italy

On Tuesday we ported in Livorno, Italy. The port of Livorno was also an industrial port.

We had decided to book a private car through Viator. The boat had private car options, but only Viator had the option to go to both Pisa and Florence in the same day.

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!

Pisa

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.

Pisa

Pisa

This may sound dumb, but it really does lean! It’s crazy seeing it in person.

Pisa

Of course we all had to take the infamous “holding up the tower” pictures.

Pisa

Pisa

Pisa

Next Luigi drove us to Florence. I passed out in the car once again. I really did try to stay awake!

Piazzale Michelangelo

He drove us to the Piazzale Michelangelo to take some great pictures of the city.

Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo

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.

Duomo

Of course when we got there the line was INSANE.

Duomo

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.

Duomo

Instead we started wandering the streets of Florence. I bought some really great art from a vendor.

Florence

Florence

We really had no specific location. We wound up at the back of the Uffizi Gallery.

Uffizi Gallery

We had wanted to get tickets there too, but they were already sold out online.

Florence

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.

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.

Basilica of Santa Croce

The inside of the church was beautiful. Churches in Italy are just so ornate.

Basilica of Santa Croce

The stations of the cross we MASSIVE!!

Basilica of Santa Croce

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

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.

Dancing with the Stars

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!

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