Underneath the Florence Cathedral, you’ll see a grand mosaic that paved the floor of a basilica that predated the Florence Cathedral. The crypt of Santa Reparata features fascinating artifacts that provide tangible evidence of early Christianity in Florence. Among the crypt’s most significant features is a peacock symbolizing immortality, which amazingly survived centuries completely intact. Six… [Read More]
Cast your gaze upon the heavens and what you’ll see will amaze you. The towering masterpiece in front of and above you is the Florence Cathedral. With its stunning pink, green and white facade, the cathedral is a monument to both art and religion. Officially known as the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, the church… [Read More]
The iconic Medieval stone-enclosed bridge crossing the Arno River is known as Ponte Vecchio. The bridge is pedestrian friendly, and you’ll definitely want to walk across it. You’ll find the bridge to be as interesting on the inside as it is on the outside. Butchers were the original occupants of the shops lining both sides of… [Read More]
Florence is like a Tuscan jewel with its beautiful domed cathedrals and its colorful inner city, with its wide piazzas that are perfect for play and for framing the icons of Florentine beauty. Be sure to see Michelangelo’s David, the most famous of sculptures here in the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. The historic center, with… [Read More]
Livorno is the gateway port to cypress-studded landscapes, rolling hills draped in vineyards and cities crowned by some of the world’s greatest masterpieces. From fine art to fine wines, we assess six shore excursions from Livorno: Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Chianti, Siena & San Gimignano. Here’s a sampling of shore excursions from Livorno.
During the next six weeks, I’ll be traveling from Marseille to Istanbul (and points between) with Vancouver-based videographer Chris Stanley. We’re on the road to create a new travel show featuring ten “aspirational” ports. By aspirational, I mean that these ports are where you want to drop anchor — if you haven’t already. Cruises frequent these… [Read More]
By WALLACE IMMEN There were a dozen possible choices for a day ashore as Crystal Serenity docked in Livorno. Crystal Cruises’shore excursions offered expertly guided tours in the hill towns of Tuscany, rambles in Umbria , Pisa and Verona, along with exotic choices like a day of driving a Ferrari on the back roads to… [Read More]
As RALPH GRIZZLE disembarks Silver Shadow in Hong Kong, WALLACE IMMEN boards Crystal Serenity in Venice. Stay tuned to his reports on Avid Cruiser for the next couple of weeks. Meantime, Ralph joins Silver Explorer in the Caribbean next week, so look for dual voyage reports on two very different luxury cruises. By WALLACE IMMEN… [Read More]