Possibilities in Livorno, Italy
Situated on the north-western coast of Italy is the charming Tuscan port city of Livorno, which can be experienced on board either the Breezes of the Mediterranean or Legends of the Mediterranean itineraries. Renowned for offering some of the finest cuisine and some of the best golden beaches in all of Italy, Tuscany is a region that offers a range of possibilities – all of which are accessible via Livorno.
Pullmantur Cruises can offer a range of excursions in this fabulous region, with opportunities to visit towns and cities in the surrounding area. This week, we take a closer look at where you can go with the fabulous range of excursions available in Livorno with Pullmantur.
Florence is undoubtedly one of the most cultural cities in the world, offering a range of fascinating museums, galleries and historical architecture. One of the most notable landmarks is the Galleria degli Uffizi, which is highly regarded as one of the world’s most famous art museums. It features a wide range of Renaissance paintings including the The Birth of Venus by Sandro Boticelli and Titan’s Venus of Urbino. Regarded as a symbol of the city, the Santa Maria del Fiore (otherwise known as the Duomo di Firenze) is a stunning cathedral with a red domed roof, which is possible to climb if you’re willing to pursue the 464 steps to the top. Those that do complete the climb will be rewarded with wonderful views over this iconic city.
Known around the world for its famous leaning tower, Pisa has long been a tourist destination and today it offers a wide range of restaurants, shops and interesting sights. Many of these are contained within the Piazza dei Miracoli – otherwise known as the Field of Miracles. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the Torre Pendente (Leaning Tower), which gets its lean as a result of subsidence, which occurred shortly after the beginning of construction in 1173. It is also home to the Duomo di Pisa (Cathedral of Pisa), Battistero (Bapistry), and the Campo Santo Monumentale (Monumental Cemetary).
If you are seeking an alternative to the two obvious excursion choices in Livorno, you may appreciate the charming walled city of Lucca. The surrounding walls here were built between 1545 and 1650 and, today, contain many pieces of ancient architecture. Climbing and walking atop of the walls will provide an ideal introduction to the city, while the maze of streets will lead you to a series of landmarks including a Roman amphitheatre, the Romanesque cathedral of Duomo di San Martino, and the ancient clock tower of Torre delle Ore.
Siena and San Gimignano
Another option available incorporates the medieval cities of Siena and San Gimignano – both of which are smaller settlements and can be experienced in a day. The former is known for its horse racing event, which is held in the city twice every summer, which is held at the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo. Other sights include the Palazzo Pubblico with its imposing clock tower and the Duomo – a black and white Romanesque cathedral.
San Gimignano is a walled city which is home to an array of gleaming white towers and artistic features. Many of these towers date back thousands of years and can be admired from within the main square – Piazza del Duomo. Originally, there were 72 towers, but only 14 of these original structures remain standing today.
With Horizon and Sovereign both positioned in the Mediterranean until November, there is no better time to embark on a cruise of this fascinating region of the world. On board each of these ships, you can relax and take advantage of an all-inclusive package which includes all on board drinks, meals and much more.