La Spezia Cruises, Italy
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Leave La Spezia in the afternoon and enjoy the gorgeous Tuscan countryside en route to Pisa. The drive will take around an hour and when you get to the coach park you’ll walk to Miracle Square. Here, your guide will be waiting to greet you before leading you on a walking tour of the ‘Campo dei Miracoli’, one of the most beautiful squares in the world. See the 13th-century cathedral with its Tuscan-Romanesque facade and its interior, thought to be Muslim inspired. Check out the Baptistery, built between 1153 and 1278. And, of course, clap eyes on one of the most recognisable sights in the world - the Leaning Tower of Pisa, where Galileo conducted his gravity experiments. After your guided tour, enjoy some time to yourself before meeting up with your escort and returning to the ship.
The city of art, Florence has lots to offer, from grand old Renaissance churches to timeworn Medieval streets. An escort will accompany you to the city, where you’ll meet your official guide. The historical centre is now a pedestrian zone and this is where your sightseeing begins. Clap eyes on the orange-roofed Duomo and weave your way through the pretty maze of streets to the Gothic Old Palace with its ornate courtyard. You’ll get to see Ponte Vecchio, too, the only bridge in Florence to survive the World War II bombings. After that, you’ll have some free time to explore, whether you want to visit the galleries or just enjoy a bowl of linguine in the sunshine. Afterwards, you’ll head for your second city of the day – Pisa. This place is home to the famous Leaning Tower, which is up there with iconic landmarks like Big Ben and the Statue of Liberty.
Secluded beaches. Emerald mountains. A sparkling sea. Welcome to the Ligurian coast. And what a way to see it - on a relaxing boat ride to Portofino. This place started life as a small fishing village, shaded by eucalyptus and olive trees. Today, it’s a popular party playground to the jet-set. But though it’s changed a lot over the years, this prettily-painted town still maintains an air of tranquillity that makes it an irresistible holiday spot. This tour isn't a guided one, so you'll be able to spend the time exactly as you please. You could discover its tucked-away alleys and hidden corners, or part with some serious cash in the elegant boutiques. Leaving Portofino behind, you’ll then head for Santa Margherita. Remember those wonderfully old-fashioned Riviera resorts where palm fronds wave along the esplanade? And holidaymakers spend lazily afternoons chatting in the busy cafés? Well Santa Margherita and nearby is just like that. And after spending some time in the two, you could be forgiven for forgetting which century you’re in…