Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy
More than any other place, Florence and its landmarks symbolize the wealth and power of the Renaissance's golden age. Few structures anywhere rival the beauty of the Duomo, the grand Cathedral of Florence with a dome that dominates the cityscapes. It's a city home to masterpieces by Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Raphael and the glow of that storied era still resonates through the architecture, the bustling piazzas and charming neighborhoods.
Read Shore Excursion Manager Rob Roberts', most memorable travel experience: being part of the launch of the Grand Princess and his first glimpses of iconic destinations in the Mediterranean.
Florence's most famous bridge spans the Arno River and is praised for its engineering. Built by the ancient Etruscans, the Ponte Vecchio is Florence's only bridge to survive World War II. Today, it is a bustling pedestrian bridge of shops and home to the gold and silver guilds.
This popular museum houses the masterpieces by Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, and Botticelli, as well as a smaller replica of the David. Michaelangelo's original David can be found at the Galleria dell 'Accademia.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
This famous leaning Campanile or Bell Tower has drawn visitors for centuries. Now inclined 14 feet to one side due to the settling of the subsoil, engineers have been hard at work shoring it up to prevent any further leaning. The top of the tower is said to be where Galileo conducted his famous gravitational experiments.
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