Livorno, Pisa, Florence and Rome
27.08.2015 - 28.08.2015 34 °C
Some poor internet reception and lack of time mean this blog entry covers the last 2 days. As mentioned in my last entry, Liz and Laura went on a tour of Pisa and Florence yesterday while I stayed in Livorno. They had are good but tiring time. I had a good but relaxing time. Apparently it was hot and crowded in both Pisa and Florence but they said they enjoyed their tour and it was worth it. I spent some time walking around Livorno which is an interesting place with many interesting buildings, a couple of canals and lots of cafe/restaurants. In the canals there are many boats, big and small, basic and very expensive. It appears that there is/was a lot of money here. Enjoyed my first Italian pizza for 30 years and it was surprisingly good.
Today, Laura and I did the Rome Tour visiting the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Saint Peter's Square and Saint Peter's Basilica. I have been to Rome before but Laura has not. She really loved the Colosseum and was surprised at the extent of the Roman and post roman ruins in the city. Again it was a tiring trip, a 9 hour day, and everywhere was crowded. But on the tour we got to jump the queues, which for the general public were up to two hours long at Saint Peter's, so it was not so bad. Glad to get back to the ship and relax though.
This is a really bad time to travel in Europe, tourists everywhere. Last time we went in the 80s we went in winter and it was quite comfortable everywhere. Right now it is packed everywhere.
Tomorrow we are in Naples and I think we will take it easy, explore Naples a bit and try some more local food and wine and beer.