June 2014

A Sporty Adventure in Pisa

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Happy Travel Tuesday, being as febraury was too short we moved the prompt Tuesday to today. February's theme is a sporty adventure, and while I don't really do much sport while traveling I do like to walk around a city-big or small!

During our 15 days in Europe trip in 2014 we stayed one night in Pisa before returning to Hamburg. We figured we were already here, might as well take a couple of extra hours to explore this city. Many visitors will be happy visiting the Cathedral of Pisa and then moving on, but in reality there's so much to do in Pisa besides seeing the leaning tower.

Our first day there we did just that, went to Piazza dei Miracoli so my sister could see the famous leaning tower for the first time.

Piazza dei Miracoli 

The main attraction in Pisa is the leaning tower, which can be found in Piazza dei Miracoli. We spent the afternoon here, We made sure to visit inside the cathedral (also doubled to escape the summer heat) and afterwards took some pictures with the tower. We opted for taking the typical picture holding it up, but Avi needed her parents help, so there we are too!
and a romantic one, or many-which google was nice enough to GIF them for me.
Afterwards we went to look for some souvenirs before going to eat. Avi enjoyed playing with some of the toys that were for sale.

The next day we had the whole morning available before we had to head for the airport so we decided to walk around this little city and find some interesting buildings, After all, if pisa has a hop on hop off bus, it must have some interesting sights, right?

Scotto Garden

Our first stop during our walk was at the Giardino Scotto (Scotto Gardens), it is a nice park in Pisa where you can go for a stroll, read a book, or chill out while the kids play in the playground, A section of it reminded me of a beach vacation club.

Ponte di Mezzo

The first bridge in Pisa was near the church of S. Cristina, but it was moved in the 11th century, being the only crossing until 1183. It collapsed in 1637 and was rebuilt in the 17th century The bridge we see in this picture was built after WWII.
Some interesting statues:

Santa Maria della Spina

If you go through one of the main roads yo will pass by this church, it sits along the Arno River. Although it looks small and the inside might be simple. The outside of it makes it worth a visit, It was built in 1230 and is a fine example of Gothic architecture in Italy.


And last, of course walking around in Italy you will find a lot of alley ways, here are some I took pictures of:.


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