Our third day of the cruise was spent in Florence, Italy. The excursion was named “A taste of Florence” which REALLY gave us a taste of Florence, we didn’t really have any expectations, but when we drove through Tuscany, I fell more and more in love. Much love on this trip!
The port of embarkation was La Spezia. La Spezia is also the main military and shipping harbour in Italy, and the nearest port to Florence and Pisa. It took us 2 hours bu bus to the city center, but I didn’t mind because of the pretty scenery (Tuscany). On the way we stopped by a leather factory, Pierrotucci, they had both workshop and showroom with both Italian brands as well as International brands. I ended up with two items!
We did not get to see Pisa but we had 4 hours in Florence, including a mini walk with the tour guide through the city. First stop was the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Del Fiore at the Piazza del Duomo. This cathedral is the main church of Florence. The construction of the cathedral began in the end of 1200s and was finished in the beginning of 1400s. It was big, beautiful and breath taking. The façade was just amazing, I can understand why this is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site!
After the tour, I think it lasted an hour or so, we sat down at cafe in the middle of a square called Piazza della Signoria, we had pizza and pasta (of course), we bought gelato and coffee before we walked down to Ponte Vecchio the famous medieval bridge with the shops on.
On our way to Ponte Vecchio we manage to walk by the leather marked, which was huge and filled with leather goods. Everything from leather belts to wallets to bags to aprons. In front of the marked was this bronze warthog statue, where you could rub its nose for good luck.
At the end of the streets we found the bridge…at least that was what we thought, we took pictures and selfies and were pretty satisfied until we realized we had taken pictures of the wrong bridge…haha we found the right bridge and we randomly asked a (German) guy to take our picture. When I realized that the memory card on my camera was full, I had no other choice than to give him my camera to take pictures with, surprisingly the picture turned out amazing as this German was a photographer, yay! Thank you German Photographer!
The day ended with this gorgeous sundown on deck!
I think we’re going back in the future, most likely to explore all the medieval villages (like the one in the second picture).