May 28th – We boarded a bus for the two-hour trip to Florence. We started with an hour and a half walking tour of the highlights. Unfortunately that didn’t leave time to see some of the sights in depth. We walked past the main cathedral, the Piazza del Duomo and its baptistery across the square. Next we headed to Piazza dela Repubblica, and then the Ponte Vecchio, the bridge across the Arno filled with small jewelry shops, then the Piazza dela Signora and lastly Piazza del St. Croce.  At P. dela St. Croce we ate lunch at a small restaurant with an outdoor seating area. The place came highly recommended by our tour guide who was a Florence native. We had delicious crusty bread, a lovely tart lemon soda and their specialty of lasagna that was incredible.  After lunch we had a few hours to wander around on our own before meeting up again with the group. Most of us crashed during the hour and a half drive to Pisa.  At Pisa there was an enormous bus parking lot about a half-mile from the old main square of Pisa that had their cathedral, baptistery and the famous leaning tower of Pisa. Once again, we just had time to take a quick look before returning to the bus. The entire square was spectacular and the Leaning Tower was a highlight.We had a forty-minute ride back to the ship at the port of Livorno and a chance to relax after more than a ten-hour day. Our guide said a previous guest who did this tour had a pedometer that indicated she walked 8 miles. We walked a lot, but I don’t think it was quite that far.

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