Italy

The abiding truth about Florence is that it’s a long journey inland from the cruise port of Livorno. That kept Firenze safe by being a day’s march inland for invaders, but let’s face it; the commercial port of Livorno isn’t the place you want to …

The breathtaking beauty of Venice is both a blessing and its curse. No other place on Earth  has matched the feat of keeping its shape since the high Renaissance. It’s evaded not only urban renewal and the invasion of modern architecture but the global bane …

There were a dozen possible choices for a day ashore as Crystal Serenity docked in Livorno. Crystal Cruises’shore excursions offered expertly guided tours in the hill towns of Tuscany, rambles in Umbria , Pisa and Verona, along with exotic choices like a day of driving …

The problem with being a tourist in Venice these days is that there are a lot of other tourists in Venice these days. Crossing the lagoon-side bridge that parallels the Bridge of Sighs by day is a lesson in fluid dynamics. If even one person …