After Barcelona, we boarded our cruise ship and spent the next day at sea en route to Livorno, Italy. Once docked in Livorno, we spent the day visiting the beautiful cities of Pisa and Florence.
As we journeyed to the Tuscan countryside on our way to Pisa, there were sunflowers, olive lemon trees as far as the eye can see.
Once we arrived at the Piazza dei Miracoli, the streets were already humming with vendors setting up their souvenirs and tourists all gathering to see the famous site of the Leaning Tower…
|And of course Gab had to do the infamous “pushing the tower” pose. 🙂|
|Just look at the detail in these columns…amazing!|
Next, it was onto visit Piazza della Signoria to see the copy of Michelangelo’s David and the Basilica Santa Croce. The original statue took three years to complete between 1501 and 1504 and was symbolic for civil liberties of the independent Florentine Republic. The original statue was moved in 1873 to the Gallery of the Accademia di Belle Arti; however, this replica was created in 1910 in the same location.
Then, when got a little free time to walk around the square and visit all of the wonderful shops. I don’t even think we got to half of them as there were so many.
We did manage to find a local wine shop and did some unexpected wine tasting, always a plus when in Italy. Did I mention my favorite wines are from the Tuscan region? 😉
Allow me to introduce you to Tony Sasa, one of the owners ofEnoteca Pontevecchio. As a child, Tony grew up in a farming family where he learned about genuine food and joyful lifestyle. Tony is a passionate wine enthusiast who has worked in the wine and restaurant business in Chicago, Florence and abroad for more than a decade. Throughout these years he has built enduring relationships with Italy’s foremost enologists, winemakers and journalists.
We had the pleasure of meeting Tony and tasting some of his wines and sample some other products they sell like Chianti Jam (REALLY!), extra virgin olive oil and homemade balsamic vinegar. His daughter even drew the label (in crayon no less…so cute!) on one of the bottles. I couldn’t resist and had to buy some of each. I had it shipped home and I can’t wait until it arrives! He comes back to the US on occasion for wine tasting events throughout the year and we’ve since been in contact and I’ll make sure to let you know when and where they will be held.
Well, are you as tired reading this post as I was at the end of this day? I LOVED Florence a.k.a. Firenze and felt so at ease and at home there. I was sorry it was only for the day and hopefully, I’ll get a chance to return someday for a longer period of time.
To Be Continued…