Day 15: Florence and Tuscany

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Our cruise ship docked in Livorno, and this was the only day that we took a tour through the cruise ship. We really didn’t like the tour itself, but loved the places that it took us. The only other advantage was that when the bus was late, the ship didn’t leave without us. The tour went to Florence for 3.5 hours, and then to a Tuscan castle winery. Triple win.

The Duomo in Florence was BEAUTIFUL. It took 140 years to complete.

The church and bell tower next to the Duomo. We climbed this one.

The view down the bell tower (campanella) from the top.

View of the Duomo from the bell tower.

The church next door had famous gold doors.

Florence is famous for their sandwiches. Yum!

Piazza della Signoria with the statue of David’s original position and the fountain of Neptune.

Bronze statue of Perseus slaying Medusa.

Copy of the statue of David by Michelangelo. Funny thing about Michelangelo – on our trip, we saw a LOT of older Greek statues and Michelangeo mostly copied those.

Fountain of Neptune 

A local performance artist. We tipped him well.

Ponte Vecchio – Oldest bridge in Florence. It wasn’t destroyed in WWII because the Florentines stored art in the bridge, knowing Hitler loved art.

Gelato from the “original” gelato shop in Florence. It was AMAZING, but melted quickly.

Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence.


Castello del Trebbio winery in Pontassieve.

Kendra caught me in my most common vacation pose.

Casks of wine.

Bottles of wine in storage.

The tasting.

Winery grounds.

Another view of Tuscany.        

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Author: Steph

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