Giardino della Fortezza

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  • Day79

    Popping over to Pisa

    October 16, 2017 in Italy

    Pisa is less than an hour train ride from Florence, travelling the infamous Trenitalia. We had done some research on the quickest and cheapest way to get to Pisa. We even went to the nearest train station to check on the ticket machine to confirm. All signs pointed to buying the tickets prior to boarding. So we woke early and walked to the main central station to find that the tickets for some reason had doubled in price. For a moment, it felt like we were on the Amazing Race and needed to board the train in less than 7 minutes. This was after getting lost on the way to the station, eating up our time buffer. Tasks were divided up: Ricky books tickets online and Jason checks the platform number. With 3 minutes to departure, we boarded the train en route to Pisa.

    We had heard that Pisa wasn't worth a long visit, but we were pleasantly surprised. We couldn't visit Italy and not visit the nation's most famous monument: the Tower of Pisa. Having left before the crack of dawn, a strategy that Jason seems to be implementing on a more frequent basis, got us to the learning tower before hordes of tourists descended upon the monument. Our expectations were not high. In fact, we had read that the lean had been slightly corrected. So we were expecting a slightly leaning Tower of Pisa. But the Tower did not disappoint. It has hard not to think of all the history behind the tower, particularly Galileo’s experiment that disproved the ancient theories of gravity. And of course, there's the opportunity to take a cliché picture leaning on the leaning Tower of Pisa or trying to push it over.

    But the amazing race did not stop there.

    Next stop: the Cinque Terre.

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  • Day7

    Day 7 | Florence, Italy

    July 11, 2015 in Italy

    Visit: Medici Chapel - two structures at the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence, dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, and built as extensions to Brunelleschi's 15th-century church, with the purpose of celebrating the Medici family, patrons of the church and Grand Dukes of Tuscany. The "New Sacristy" was designed by Michelangelo.

    Visit: Uffizi Gallery - an art museum located in Florence, and is one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world.

    Visit: Florence's Cathedral, the Duomo - a vast Gothic structure built on the site of the 7th century church of Santa Reparata. Florence's cathedral is the 4th largest in the world, after St. Peter's in Rome, St. Paul's in London and the Duomo in Milan.

    Visit: Baptistery of St. John - The exterior of the Baptistery is currently undergoing restoration which should be completed by early September 2015. We could pretty much only see The Gates of Paradise. These were the front door/entrance and they received their name by Michelangelo who is believed to have exclaimed: "they are so beautiful that they would be perfect for the gates of paradise". The doors consist of 10 rectangular panels, displayed in two lines. They depict scenes of the Old Testament from left to right and from top to bottom.

    Visit: Accademia Gallery - or "Gallery of the Academy of Florence", is the second most popular art museum in Florence and is home of Michelangelo's sculpture 'David'. What a magnificent piece of work.

    Lunch: Bondi (There Is A Difference)
    Dinner: Subway
    Snacks: Marco Ottaviani Gourmet Gelato; Cannoli

    Temp: High 92 / Low 77
    Pedometer: 5.3 miles
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