The entrance of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy with Michelangelo's famous sculpture, David
If you’re an art lover, pencil in a visit to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Originally built in the 16th century to serve as offices for Florence’s magistrates, Uffizi is now one of Italy’s most famous museums. In addition to artworks by Italian masters, Uffizi also hosts traveling exhibitions from around the world.
Leaning Torre di Pisa
If you choose to spend your day in Pisa, the city’s iconic leaning tower is a must. The third oldest building in Pisa’s Cathedral Square, it first started tilting in the 12th century. Climb to the top for unparalleled views of the city, then savor a tasty lunch at one of the many cafes close by.
Carrara marble has been used by artists and craftsmen since the Roman era. The quarries of this historic city are still in use today, and you can tour the famous marble caves in the nearby mountains with an expert guide. Afterward, stop by the Civic Museum of Marble in town.
One of the best things to do in Pisa, Florence and the Port of Carrara is to taste your way through local dishes. In Pisa, indulge in a handcrafted torta co’bischeri, made with white rice, dark chocolate and candied fruit. In Florence, try a bistecca Fiorentina, a thick bone-in steak that will satisfy any meat lover. And in Carrara, opt for some Ligurian seafood stew, freshly fished from the glittering sea.
Florence’s open-air markets are your go-to for beautiful leather goods, while the upscale boutique along Pisa’s Borgo Stretto are well known among savvy shoppers. In the Port of Carrara, duck into small street-side shops for fabulous silk clothes, hand-painted goods, and locally made knick-knacks.
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