Livorno and Tuscany

It was our last day and we decided to call our good friend and driver guide, Maurizio, to drive us around Tuscany. We started early in the morning with a quick drive to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower and Baptistry. We were delighted by our stroll through the cemetery and by the beautiful frescos and cloisters. Then it was on to Lucca, a remarkable walled city in Tuscany.


Our next stop was the very upscale beach resort of Forte dei Marmi, and after that came the rarely-visited hill town, Pietrasanta, a stop that included a quick walk and pizza lunch. The pizza is so thin and tasty, and totally unlike what we have in the States. Lunch over, we took a drive to Sant'Anna di Stazzema. This was the site of a mass killing of men, women and children by German troops, in retaliation for a raid by the Italian Resistance during World War II. Very moving monuments and sculptures. Our last stop was the pretty lake town, Torre del Lago, home of the Italian composer, Puccini. That evening we were invited to dine with our friends at the exclusive La Reserve Restaurant on the Marina, an intimate venue that holds a maximum of 24 guests. We were treated to a seven-course gourmet dinner, each course matched with a fabulous premium wine. This was the perfect finale for a great cruise. We were so pleased with the Marina and we know we'll be back.
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