By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises
We’re back in Livorno, gateway to the glories of Florence, Pisa, and Tuscany. I posted a blog a few weeks ago, on April 7, with more comments.
On this visit, I returned to Pisa to see if they have managed to repair their off-kilter campanile. To the great relief of the tourist industry, the Tower of Pisa continues to tilt.
Above, the Tower of Pisa peeks out around the baptistery on the Piazza dei Miracoli, the “Square of Miracles”.
On this trip I focused my camera on some of the details of the Baptistery, Cathedral, and the Tower. It always pleases me to find a new way to view the tower, a place I have seen more times than I can remember but always enjoy.
A PISA ALBUM: THE BAPTISTERY
A LIVORNO ALBUM
Livorno is mostly a place tourists pass through quickly on their way to other lures, like Pisa, Florence, Lucca, and Sienna. But it does have its particular charms.
At the Market in Livorno
Below, from previous visits, the Duomo in Florence.
The Basillica di Santa Maria dei Fiori was begun in 1296 and completed in 1436.
Alongside is Giotto’s Tower. It is topped with Filippo Brunelleschi’s dome, one of the world’s largest.
It is known, of course, as Il Duomo, the dome.
One of the best ways to see Florence is to climb 463 steps up the tower.
Behind the church is the Duomo Museum, showcasing art by Donatello, Ghiberti and Michelangelo.
For a mix of history and art, visit the Medici Chapels on Via Cavour, the private sanctuaries of Florence’s most influential family of the Renaissance period.
One chapel was designed by Michelangelo; there are also Medici family tombs dating back to the 16th century.
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