160513 Livorno Italy

Livorno is a port city on the Ligurian Sea on the western coast of Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the Province of Livorno, having a population of 159,431 residents in February 2015. It has traditionally been known in English as Leghorn. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Livorno Harbour is another busy port and we are the third cruise vessel to arrive for the day. The sky doesn’t look too promising but we hope for sunshine as we visit Pisa. It’s a pity that we need to use the shuttle bus to get us into town again.

We had hoped to get to Pisa early in the day as on our prior visit, we were rushed and didn’t have time to explore the back streets of the very busy tourist spot. The first available bus to Pisa is at 12:00 mid day. To fill in the 2 hours wait, we took a little boat cruise around the canals of the city. Strikingly, at the end of the tour we passed under what is the widest bridge around – 245 metres. That was a new experience for us.

Our shuttle to Pisa left a little late and with the 1.5km from the coach terminal at Pisa to the tower, we needed to rush our visit. Fortunately, the weather was fine and we didn’t need to be bothered by the street sellers who seemed to think that we needed one, or a ‘cheap’ watch, or ‘cheap’ sunglasses.

Yes, the tower is still leaning – to the right. This tourist spot has to be one of the busiest we have seen along this trip. After the photo shoots, we found a nice restaurant which served a delicious eggplant lasagne. Now, that’s a first for me. I rarely choose to have pasta type food.

We had a rush back to the coach and for the shuttle connection to the ship before a late and stormy looking departure. The evening entertainment was a show called “The Voice on the Ocean” which was very similar to the well known show that is view in 160 countries around the world. Straight after that show was another performance by the Beatlemaniacs in the Piazza. There was lots of loud music and dancing, to the famous tunes of the 60’s.

Tomorrow, we will be in Rome for 12 hours.

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