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April 87 2019

 

Florence:

 

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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, commercial seafaring town rivaled the great maritime powers of Venice and Genoa. The city was a leader in art and architecture second only to Florence.

Tour: Florence & Time On Your Own
Depart: 08:00AM
Return: 05:30PM
Date: April 07, 2019

Departing from Livorno, you will take a 90-minute motorcoach ride to Florence, and spend the day getting to know the art, architecture, and culture that have influenced generations throughout the world. Once there, you'll be able to enjoy the insight of a local guide as well as time to explore on your own.
You'll start your day with a guided walking tour in the Historic Center of Florence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your first stop- the iconic Duomo, or "The Dome" that graces the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the most famous building of the Florentine skyline. During your free time later in the day, you may choose to visit the Duomo where, upon entering, you can look up to view the dome's interior, adorned with a fresco of the Last Supper and beautiful stained glass. In the Cathedral Museum you'll see The Deposition, a famous pieta, created by Michelangelo at the age of 80. The face of Nicodemus in this pieta is widely considered to be a self-portrait of Michelangelo himself.
Follow your guide to see Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery, the oldest building in the city. Not only does it host fine 13th Century mosaics, but its known for its magnificent bronze doors featuring scenes from the Bible. In fact, the doors on the east side of the Baptistery are especially stunning, so much so that Michelangelo dubbed them the "Gates of Paradise."
After a short walk, your tour continues to the Piazza Della Signoria, the political heart of the city from the Middle Ages to the present day. The square, which sits in front of the Palazza Vecchio, or the "Old Palace", is in effect an open-air museum. Copies of some of the world's most renowned statues hold court in the Piazza Della Signoria, including a copy of Michelangelo's David. You can see the original sculpture in the Gallery of the Accademia di Belle Arti, a premier Florence art museum that hosts a number of notable Florentine Renaissance and Gothic masterpieces.
Continuing on your adventure, you will stop at the famous medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge for a chance to take a few photos, then continue on to Piazza St. Croce - the final resting place of such notables as Galileo, Machiavelli and Michelangelo. It's here where the guided portion of your tour ends, and your imaginations take over. Your guide will finalize the time and place you'll meet your escort for the return trip before you're free to spend the next three hours on your own.
Take to the streets and absorb the culture. Sample the Florentine cafes. View the stunning art and architecture of other remarkable highlights including the Uffizi Museum and Gallery, one the Western world's oldest and most famous museums, and Pitti Palace. And, of course, shop for the perfect remembrances of your truly remarkable day, before returning to your pick-up point and your scenic ride back to Livorno and your ship.

 

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