26.03.2011 20 °C
After a quick detour of La Spezia (a seaside town) we arrived in Pisa which in the normal way of things would be extremely exciting but the stupid banks decided to stop our cards and we were left with a total of 20cents. Kieran had lost his phone the day before so we ended up driving several times around Pisa and as a last attempt we parked with the hazards (as we couldn’t afford parking) and ran around town to get it sorted.
Day two was much more successful. We checked out the leaning tower and did all the appropriate poses:
We also saw the Battistero di San Giovanni, Cathedral of Pisa, Camposanto Monumentale and a museum to boot and lets not forget the town of Pisa too.
I have to say Pisa albeit touristy and very cliché Italy was absolutely amazing. And I even scored a super sweet leaning tower mug
I have to say watching Kieran drive through Italy is scary to say the least and Florence was no exception. It’s a little like Egypt; as many cars that can fit on the lane will, motorbikes/scooters (along with the little cars you can see below...funny!) just cut in and out of lanes and there is always the slow cyclist in the mix. Twelve heart attacks later we parked and found our beautiful hotel. We were even lucky enough to score our own terrace but the toilet in the shower was quite unusual to say the least!
Florence is another beauty (I recommend Italy to everyone). The town is full of character, charm and is overall very vibrant. We headed to the top of Cathedral Duomo Di Santa Maria Del Fiore up 462 stairs and the view was breathtaking.
A close second is the view from Piazzale Michelangelo (below). I have to say that that a smaller church/monastery just up to hill was beautiful too, not as ritzy as some but definitely just as good.
We strolled along the streets eating Gelato, tasty sandwiches, pizza and sweets – although I have to say I was massively disappointed by the local cannoli.
The Ponte Vecchio was unreal. I wanted to buy everything in the glitzy shop windows however, the price was not so spectacular so window shopping was my only option.
Day three we visited Galleria dell’Accademia which was filled with beautiful religious paintings and sculptures and most importantly Michel Angelo’s “David”. I have to say it is probably the most perfect object I have ever seen. Amazing!
We found the local markets (Mercato Central) which was brimming with different goods and even managed to stumble across the fresh food market, so we sampled some homemade pasta. It was delish.