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My wife and I are doing 2 cruises back to back on Celebrity in November.  We have been to Rome and will be staying 2 nights there prior to the cruising.  I have that planned already.  I'm wondering if it is possible to take a train from Livorno to Pisa to see the leaning tower.  The excursions all start at $150 and the train seems to be about $8-12.  Wed are both in good shape and enjoy exploring new cities.  Any suggestions welcomed.  We are also visiting: Corfu Greece, Ravenna, Venice (2 days) Catania and another day in Florence.  Thanks for the time.  Bernie

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Bernie,

The train ride from Livorno to Pisa is about 15-20 minutes.
The problem with cruises is that you don't get to spend enough time in any one place. Every destination on your itinerary is great, but it would be better a more enriched experience if you spent all of that time in Venice and Florence.

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The Amalfi Coast is my passion and area of expertise. I am very familiar with the history of the region. I can discuss accomodations in many of the towns along the coast. None of my passions are greater than that of food. I can be of great help with the food and restaurants of this coast. I believe that I have a total understanding of how to travel and get around when visiting this area.....something that can be quite helpful.

Experience

I have experienced many extended visits to this area during the past 27 years. My wife and I were married there before it was a popular thing to do with Americans. In addition to the wedding trip there have been anniversary trips which have each included more that two dozen travelers and numerous visits usually for a period of about three weeks with just my wife. I am constantly arranging trips to this area for clients of my business in New York City. I have explored the back roads and small towns in the mountains.

Organizations
I am a member of the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and the former The Salon Association where my involvement icluded 12 years of participating as a board director. Today I participate with and chair a few of the association's committees.

Publications
My writing has appeared in Salon Today, American Salon and Modern Salon.

Education/Credentials
I studied architecture and worked in the field for many years, which included design work, model building and fieldwork. I graduated from Brooklyn Tech in 1969.

Awards and Honors
Recognized for my years of volunteering time to PBA as a board member, Community Builder of the Year, and the salon that my wife and I own was recognized by the industry as one of the fastest growing salons in North America for three consecutuive years.

Past/Present Clients
As a model builder I worked for many very prestigeous architects including Philip Johnson, Richard Meyer, Peter Eisenman, Frank William's (who does most of Trump's work)and Charles Gwathmy. When I was involved with residential work clients included Jane Pauly and Gary Trudeau, Sam Waters (the art dealer, Frank Mori (from the fashoin industry) and Karl Von Der Hyden (of Nabisco and Pepsi). Since being involved with the beauty industry our clients have included Donna Hanover, Felicity Huffman, Willy DeVille, Uma Thurman and many writers artista and producers.

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