Travel Diary | Mediterranean Cruise | Florence & Pisa
7th July 2015
The next adventure on the schedule was an excursion to Florence and Pisa in Italy.
Now, I’d better come clean. In the post where I announced I was going on a cruise (probably prouder than I would announce if I was getting married – which I’m not) I said I wasn’t going to Florence because I’d already been on that excursion. Well, we went anyway, because Ty hadn’t been and I probably would have regretted it if not, so we thought we might as well go.
We docked in Livorno on the Friday morning, and after a quick breakfast we left the boat and joined our tour bus.
First stop was Florence for a tour with the city guide.
As I just mentioned, this was the second time that I had been on this particular excursion. The first time was with my parents three years ago. Of course, when you have been on a tour before you have certain exception levels. The tour guide was not as good as the one I had the first time I visited Florence and missed out on so many important parts of the city.
Fortunately, having been there before, I was able to take over and be a tour guide for Tyrone during our free time and showed him what the tour guide had neglected to show us.
We started off at the cathedral (The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore). The Baptistery was completely covered in scaffolding because, as I’ve learnt from my visits to Venice and Rome, the Italians love their scaffolding.
Then we wondered through the streets of Florence to explore some of it’s iconic buildings.
Oh, and we saw David.
Our tour guide only showed us the Ponte Vecchio from a distance, and so I took Tyrone to walk across it later in the day.
Once we were let free for a few hours, we headed straight for a pizzeria. We found a small cafe close to the Ponte Vecchio which had a gorgeous seating area at the back.
Refuelled and ready to walk some more, we crossed the Ponte Vecchio to see the gold shops, and then walked back to the centre to find the bronze bore. If you rub his nose it will bring you luck. Apparently.
Back on the bus our guide told us she had a surprise before heading over to Pisa. I knew exactly what it was before it was revealed.
Isn’t it incredible?! The last time I went on this excursion they didn’t take us up to this viewing point and I was really disappointed. This trip more than made up for it.
I’m wearing a jumpsuit from Pull & Bear. I’ve really fallen in love with jumpsuits.
I fell asleep on the bus and when I woke up we were in Pisa.
There’s really only one reason to visit Pisa…
I promise you, I didn’t attempt the classic tourist photo, but plenty of people did.
As you can see, the Leaning Tower is kind of banana shape. See how it slightly curves towards the top? Well, this is because it started leaning when they were building, but in order to complete it without it falling over they had to make it curve ever so slightly to balance the weight.
It rained while we were in Pisa, so we took cover and bought an ice cream to complete our day in Italy.
Are Florence and Pisa on your travel bucket list?
If you missed the other posts in this series you can find them here: