Wonders of Lucca and Pisa Italy - Mediterranean Cruise 2013 - Page 1

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We have now reached our next port, Florence Italy. Our two places to visit here in Tuscany are Lucca and Pisa.

Our first place to visit in Tuscany was the charming little village of Lucca. Near Florence and Pisa Lucca was a Roman colony and saw its first walls built in 56 B.C..


The camera equipment used on this trip was the Canon 40D dSLR and Canon G12. Lenses consisted of a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, and for long distance shots, Canon 100-400mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM telephoto.
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Sunrise as we sail into Florence. The port city is Livorno.

Passing the breakwater with a small lighthouse on our way to the dock.

The light in Tuscany is well known for its soft golden color and it is apparent at this time of day, especially. The busy port at Livorno.
It was interesting to see the mud which is almost like a clay stirred up by the prop of the small boat which will carry our mooring lines to the dock.

Now we are being secured to the dock.

A lot of harbor traffic in this busy port.

Our tour bus ready to take us to first Lucca and then Pisa and which will later this evening return us to the ship.
Passing terraced farm fields. In hilly country, the best use of land must be considered. The entrance into the old walled city of Lucca. Just like all of the old cities, narrow streets run in all directions across the city. Duomo di San Martino (the Cathedral) tower seen over other buildings.

Duomo di San Martino (the Cathedral). Cathedral of St Martin.

Duomo di San Martino (the Cathedral). Cathedral of St Martin Detail on the facade of Cathedral of St Martin. Duomo di San Martino (the Cathedral). Cathedral of St Martin.
Doors of Duomo di San Martino (the Cathedral). Detail of the facade of the cathedral. Narrow streets with curious framework over the windows. Narrow streets with curious framework over the windows.
Very old pebble and brick construction. Bell tower of Cathedral of St Martin. A side view of Cathedral of St Martin. Narrow streets always in shadow.

The Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali "Luigi Boccherini" (Higher Institute for Music Studies) is one of the oldest schools of music in Italy.

Statue of Luigi Boccherini in front of the institute bearing his name.

 

Narrow streets with shops all thorugh the city.

The Guinigi Palace and Tower

Built around the end of the 1500, it is a typical palace in Roman-Gothic style.

The Guinigi Palace and Tower seen between other city buildings.

More of the very old brickwork is seen on the sides of the buildings. The Amphitheatre

The Amphitheatre square was reconstructed between the 1830 and 1839 by Lorenzo Nottolini, a prominent architect and urbanist working for the Borbons.

Inside The Amphitheatre. The amphitheatre, built as the centre of entertainment outside the Roman town, is today the centre of town life and the very symbol of Lucca. It is a unique elliptical-shaped plaza, theatre of the life of the citizens of Lucca, closed in an embrace of medieval houses. Inside The Amphitheatre. Shops and resteraunts occupy the first floor level of all of the buildings with what looks like apartments above. Flower adorned balconies create color and romance to the old walls. Inside The Amphitheatre.

All Photos by Dan Dooley or Sandra Dooley

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