You've not been to Tuscany if you've not been to Pisa.
Like a family member that you must pay a visit when you're in town, we spent one afternoon on the day we fly back to the UK admiring the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa and getting to know Galileo Galilei's and Andrea Bocelli's hometown.
Pisa is a quiet city whose major convenience is the international airport being just 10-15 minutes away from the centre of town. A close friend tells me that when he lived in Pisa, he walked everywhere, including to the airport.
|Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), formally known as Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.|
|Pisa Cathedral with the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the background|
|Pisa Baptisty of St. John (Battistero di San Giovanni) is the largest baptistry in Italy|
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, an elite educational institution in Italy where only 60 candidates are accepted each year from an average of 1,000 applicants. A normalista receive free housing, lunches and dinners, and a monthly stipend.
|You're really a tourist when you're fascinated by such stunts. How many times have I walked past one in London?|
|The little twin bell tower is pretty|
|Pisa is a sleepy big town|
I wouldn't have peeling paint in my home, but I always look for it in medieval towns and cities
|Make it cookisses for me|
|Not the real deal, but certainly eye-catching on a gelateria's floor|
|I've stopped purchasing from H&M mainly for quality reasons, but I love the building that houses it in Pisa|
|And off to gloomy, cold, and grey via an airport that looks more like a shopping centre|
Many thanks for joining me in this big trip to Tuscany! I hope you enjoyed or learned something from the features.
If you've just chanced upon my page, this is the final installment of the Tuscany series. Please click the following links for the rest you've missed: The Doors and Windows of Tuscany; Road Trip to Suvereto; Island Living at Isola del Giglio; and Nature Tripping at Giannutri Island.
See you next time for some more cultural and historical tours.