We were all excited about crossing to the Italian mainland and beginning the next leg of our travels along the west coast of the big boot. Our initial destination was 36 nautical miles away at a marina in the busy port of Livorno in Tuscany. From here we could take off inland to explore Pisa, Florence, Siena and the countryside between.
|Time to swap the sea-boots for backpackers
|Isola Capraia to Livorno - 36.5 Nautical Miles - 6 Hours 16 Minutes
Average Speed 5.8 knots - Max 7.9 knots
|The Italians are made keen on rowing. These guys were fighting it out for
first place coming past our bow in the marina after racing around the harbour
|The whole street was lined with people trying pose the hand on the tower shot
|Each of the eight major scenes on the door are incredibly detailed
|The timber ceiling is beautifully intricate.
|At least the lucky body in this glass case appears to be in one piece
|When you look to the heavens you find more spectacular art works
|It's a hell of a building to just house a baptismal font,
even one the size of a large spa bath.
|The octagonal font dates from 1246 and was made by Guido Bigarelli da Como.
The bronze sculpture of St. John the Baptist is a work by Italo Griselli.
|From the upper level you have great views down over the font, pulpit and altar
as well as through the windows to the Duomo and the bells at the top of the tower.
A pleasant feature of the Piazza del Duomo while we were there was the constant rumble of Harley-Davidsons echoing around the square. The European celebration of the 110th Anniversary of Harley Davidson was being held in Rome the following weekend attracting 30,000 Harley enthusiasts from all over the continent. Of course many were taking in all the tourist high spots on their way and we had the chance to chat to a number of fellow HOG (Harley Owners Group) members from all sorts of places while we wandered around.
|These HOGies from France were amongst those we chatted to.