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  • Day115

    Bella Italia

    October 11, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Schöne Oktoberzeit am Meer: Ligurien-Cervo-Pisa, wir rollen am italienischen Stiefel entlang nach Süden. 🚎

    Beautiful October time at the sea: Liguria-Cervo-Pisa, we roll along the italian boot to the south. 🚎

  • Day11

    It really leans!

    September 27, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We have arrived in Pisa and after finding a bag b and b... we have arrived at the main attraction... you hear about it and its used a lot in sayings but you are not aware of its sheer magnificence. The tower and the surrounding cathedral are fabulous. The tower really leans over quite a bit, it actually doesn't look like it should stay up.
    Now enjoying a pizza in the rain before checking in to our medical tower and then off to the cathedral.
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  • Day12

    And they all waited till we came out

    September 28, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Having spent my first night ever under a mosquito net, was a little worried about being swarmed when we emerged!! Could hear them all night and felt a bit sorry that they didn't get a snack... Matt is grateful though.... time for breakfast and then on to Florence.
    Pisa you have been amazing.

  • Day4


    August 28, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Nach einem halben Tag Pool sind wir heute aufgebrochen Richtung Siena! Unser erster Stopp war San Gimignano📍 Dort haben wir uns die Geschlechtertürme angeschaut, die bekannt sind für die Toskana. Danach ging’s weiter nach Siena. Siena ist eine relativ große Stadt in der Toskana. Alles ist sehr verwinkelt und die Häuser sind aus Ziegelsteinen gemauert. Es sieht ein bisschen so aus wie im Mittelalter! Am Rückweg haben wir dann noch in einer kleinen, süßen Pizzeria am Straßenrand gegessen🍕😋Read more

  • Day15

    Taxi, taxi

    August 20, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Up sort of early and the Taxi driver set off for Pisa! Good navigation got us into the centre of Pisa and parked. We walked through the streets, having to stop for a refreshment, as it was hot, hot! We found the tower and of course Pete had to try to push it over, while everyone else was trying to hold it up!

    After looking at all the incredible buildings we headed off for beach nearby for a swim. Soooo many people but it was still great to have a swim, but too hot to sit on the beach for too long. It was amazing seeing the mountains in the distance while standing in the water.

    Then we set off again and went to Lucca, a walled city where we wandered around, we have done a lot of that, oh and also had to have some refreshments too!

    We finally returned home and we made a platter for our last night in San Gimignano. Off to Venice tomorrow.
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  • Day19

    Tuscany: Volterra & San Gimignano

    May 22, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌫 14 °C

    Just a two-hour drive from Florence, you'll find Volterra, a walled hilltop town in the Tuscany region of Italy. This town has perhaps the best sightseeing of all of Italy’s small hill towns and plenty of history dating back to the 8th century B.C. Its out-of-the-way location keeps it from being trampled by visitors, and so this was an ideal location for us after bike tour in Croatia.
    One interesting story here was of the 2300 year old Etruscan Arch that was part of the defensive wall surrounding the town. During World War 2, the German army was retreating from Volterra on June 25, 1944. The locals were told that the Archway was going to be blown up the next morning to slow down the Allies who were approaching the next day. To save the Arch, locals worked through the night digging up paving stones making up their road and piling them up to build a wall within the Arch. The Germans decided that they wouldn’t waste their dynamite, and so the Arch was saved.
    San Gimignano is the epitome of a Tuscan hill town, with 14 medieval towers still standing (out of an original 72). Packed with tourists, this nearby town was worth a morning stopover with breathtaking views.
    Siena is nearby as well, and that is best known for its huge square (the largest in Italy) where the famous Palio horse race is held every year.
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  • Day13

    Day 13e. Volterra.

    August 17, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    As we finished our self guided tour of the town hall the locals started their festival with cheese rolling and other theatrics just outside the front doors. We took a seat in the temporary stand and watched for awhile but the language was foreign to us.
    Then we moved our car because the brilliant spot we had was changing to a tow away zone in the morning because of the festival.
    We had a meat and cheese platter and beer for dinner then did a lap of the city before settling into a glass of white chianti wine at a street wine bar.
    Wouldn't you know it! More bands and flag throwing medievals marched up and down the street. These people really are pleased to see us!
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  • Day13

    Day 13a. San Gimignano, Tuscany.

    August 17, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Within the city walls of San Gimignano, in the Middle Ages there used to be 12,000 residents now there are 4,000 within the wall and 6,000 outside the wall.
    The city is encircled by 13th-century walls, its old town centres on Piazza della Cisterna, a triangular square lined with medieval houses. It has a skyline of medieval towers, including the stone Torre Grossa. The Duomo di San Gimignano is a 12th-century church with frescoes by Ghirlandaio in its Santa Fina Chapel.Read more

  • Day14

    Day 14a. Volterra. Teatro Romano.

    August 18, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    The Roman Theatre in Volterra was built at the end of Ist century BC, during the Augustan period, consulship of Aulus Caecina Severus. It was built within the perimeter of the Etruscan/Roman defensive walls, against steep slope. Theatre capacity is estimated on 2,800-3,500.
    The quadriporticus flanks the remains of the Roman Baths erected when the theatre was abandoned at the end of the III century A.D.Read more

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Province of Pisa, Pisa, Pise

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