The port city of La Spezia is surrounded by spectacular Tuscan scenery. Set off from here to explore Florence - the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and home to world-class art galleries, museums and dining. Take in the architectural wonder of The Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiori), discover Galileo's first telescopes at the Science Museum, or sneak in some shopping at the San Lorenzo Market Stalls. If you've already visited Florence, head to nearby Pisa to see its famous bell tower, or enjoy a hike through the lovely villages of Cinque Terre.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
The celebrated Cinque Terre ('The Five Cities') coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Italy's greatest jewels. The five small villages dotting the coast are completely free of car traffic and can be reached only by a railway, hiking trails or a pedestrian ferry. Small, winding paths connect many of the villages, and a light amount of hiking will afford you some spectacular views of cliffs, coastline and stone terraces.
|Shop for souvenirs at the famed Ponte Vecchio in Florence.|
|Explore the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, home to works by Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Rubens.|
|Visit the Field of Miracles in Pisa and discover one of the world's most amazing sights – the Campanile, or Leaning Tower. Learn the fascinating details about this famous bell tower.|
|Take a scenic drive through the Tuscan countryside, enjoying its soft, rounded hills, the medieval architecture of its villages and the silver green of the olive trees mingling with the dark green of the cypress trees. Stop in a local winery to sample some of its delicious product.|
Try fazzoletti, pasta filled with ricotta cheese and spinach. Other Northern Italian specialities are: ribollita, a variation on minestrone; pappardelle, broad noodles; stracotto, a beef stew with beans; and bistecca alla fiorentina, a charcoal-grilled T-bone steak marinated in olive oil and black pepper.
Italy's official currency is the euro (EUR). Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax.
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