Florence and Pisa, Italy
After leaving the French Riviera our cruise ship headed down the coast towards Italy. We pulled into an Italian port and promptly disembarked. We were on a 8 person tour van for our tour of Pisa and Florence. Our first stop was Pisa and the leaning tower that has made the city so famous. The complex around the tower included a beautiful church and baptistry as well, but everyone was flocking towards the tower to take their pictures with it.
We traveled from Florence to the port of Rome at Civitavecchia. For our excursion into Rome we boarded another 8 person van and zoomed into the city. One thing we noticed on our trip is that the drivers in Europe are completely insane! Scooters zooming in and out of traffic, cars and vans going down streets that weren't meant for vehicles. We were white knuckling it much of the time.
Our first stop in Rome was the Colosseum. They told us about how the building used to be covered in white marble, and was probably quite the sight. At some point after Rome became a Christian nation they removed the marble to re-purpose it to build churches and other houses of worship. The building is still quite impressive though.
Naples, The Amalfi Coast and Pompeii
Our next stop was on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, as well as a stop in Pompeii. The Amalfi Coast was our first destination, and in my opinion it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Of all the places we visited we decided that this was one of the ones we wanted to re-visit some day. The soaring cliffs, seaside villages and tiny cafes were all so picturesque that it was hard to take a bad picture there. Here's a picture I took of Positano, Italy – one of my favorite villages on the coast. Other places we visited include Ravello, Sorrento, Majora and Amalfi.
Next on our cruise..
Next on our travelogue we'll visit Santorini and Athens, Greece, as well as Dubrovnik Croatia and Venice, Italy. Stay tuned for more!