Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
Photo by Toni Rodrigo
FlorenceYour first stop after leaving Rome on Azamara’s 7-Night Italy, France & Spain Voyage is Livorno, the major port of Tuscany and getaway to its Renaissance gem, Florence. The Glimpse of Florence excursion is a long day, at over nine hours, but every moment is filled with opportunities to marvel at artistic and architectural masterpieces. You’ll start at the Piazza del Duomo, site of the cathedral with its bell tower and baptistery, most famous for its Gates of Paradise—bronze doors with intricate scenes designed by Lorenzo Ghiberti in the 15th century. At the Piazza della Signoria, you’ll see a replica of Michelangelo’s David; your next stop, the 14th-century church of Santa Croce, is the resting place of Michelangelo as well as Galileo and other luminaries. You’ll have three hours to yourself, perhaps to take in more art at the Uffizi, stroll the lush Boboli Gardens, or shop the indie and artisan boutiques of the Oltrarno.
Find inspiration for your next trip by reading about this Azamara Club Cruises’ itinerary and eight others featured at AFAR Journeys.