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Florence and Pisa (La Spezia or Livorno)

Florence and Pisa (La Spezia or Livorno)

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Mediterranean Itineraries

With the possible exception of Rome, no other ports on Disney’s Mediterranean itineraries offers more difficult choices than Livorno and La Spezia, gateways to the Renaissance art and architecture of Florence and Pisa, the luscious Tuscan countryside, the charming villages and rugged coastline of Cinque Terre, and a hint of the glamorous Italian Riviera.

The famous Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence

AMBIENCE

Travelers may visit Rome, but they dream of settling down in a rural villa in this region elevated by the Renaissance’s greatest artists and architects and nourished by some of Italy’s most prized agricultural bounty. The rolling Tuscan countryside with its vineyards, fields, and olive groves divided by ancient stone walls and winding roads, makes way for small cities that seem little changed in 500 years (although they’re undoubtedly more tourist-friendly). Galileo, Dante, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Bruneleschi, Medici, Savanarola, Rossini … The never-ending roll call of cultural giants is staggering, enhanced by expatriate British luminaries like Byron and Shelley.

HISTORY

This home to the ancient Etruscans is located astride the key land route between both Imperial and Papal Rome and the rest of Europe. Sprinkle in medieval sea power and productive agricultural lands. Trade brought great riches and the Medici princes brought enlightened leadership—enough fuel to fire an artistic and intellectual Renaissance that spread throughout Europe. Pasta? With pesto, of course. Pizza (the rhyme with Pisa notwithstanding)? That’s another Italy, but foccacia will certainly do! This region’s agricultural bounty dishes up red wine (Chianti and Brunello), grilled steaks, and golden olive oil. Just slightly more distant, the cities of Parma and Modena add fabulous cured ham and balsamic vinegar to the feast.

FACTS

Size: 9216 sq. mi. (23871 sq. km.)
Climate: Temperate Temperatures: 74°F (23°C) to 87°F (31°C)
Population 3,750,000 Busy Season Summer
Language: Italian Money: Euro ()
Time Zone: Central European Transportation: Walking, taxis
Phones: Dial 011-39 from U.S., dial 112 for emergencies

 

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