I relaxed, caught my breath, had a great massage, and savored the charming views of the port town of Civitavecchio. Who needs the Forum or the Colosseum when you can look at this?
Given my love for Florence, it seemed almost sacrilegious to rush in and out of the city for a few hours of sightseeing. I didn't want a conducted tour of a special place I had always enjoyed exploring on my own. Based on my experiences at Amalfi and other stops, I knew much of the allotted tour time would be taken up with logistics and transportation.
There were also tours to Siena, San Gimignano, or Pisa. I'd visited these wonderful towns before, and a quick in-and-out on a hot day just didn't appeal.
Again, I decided to stay on the ship and enjoy the views of Livorno, which a guidebook describes as "one of the biggest and grittiest ports on the northwestern Italian coast" with "little to attract visitors."