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San Giuliano Terme

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  • Day287

    Pisa, Happy Birthday Vicky!

    April 9, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    We took it easy after driving from Florence to Pisa and parking up in the car park stopover for €12 a night. There was a convenient cycle track and walkway that led to the Leaning Tower just 2km away and when evening came we strolled in. The next day was Vicky's 35th birthday and we'd used Trip Adviser to look up and book an evening meal at San Domenico restaurant.

    As we reached the tower, the sun was getting low in the sky and there weren't too many people around. It was smaller than we'd expected but had beautiful intricate detail. It was really exciting to see it in real life after having seen so many images of it and we couldn't wait to climb it!

    Carrying on to the restaurant about 20 minutes walk away, we arrived early and looked around a nearby street market selling plants, handmade soaps, lavender decorations, jewellery and alternative clothing. A sound system was being set up and people were demonstrating Zumba and there was even a GreenPeace stall. More and more we felt like Pisa was our sort of place.

    The meal was incredible. It was a small restaurant with only about 10 tables, fantastic helpful service and beautifully presented food with an amazing taste. All in all it made for a very special evening. To top it off we walked back at Vicky's insistence 'via' the tower (only 20 mins out of our way) to see it backed by a cloudless night sky, a few stars and a bright gibbus moon.

    The following morning we had a nice slow start to the day before cycling in and waiting in a state of high anticipation for our turn to climb the tower. We'd booked a slot online and when our time came we were scanned by security and permitted to enter. One of Vicky's favourite things to do when visiting a city is to climb a tower and so it was a brilliant birthday treat to be able to climb one of the world's best known towers!

    Ascending the spiral staircase smooth dips were worn into whichever side of the sloped white marble steps were lowest. It took a little while to get used to the changing angle but we quickly adapted, as we do when the van is parked on a camber. At the top we passed through the circle of now disused bronze bells to the outer walkway. Carefully clutching the camera we held it out over the highest side, then the lowest side and took a photo of the ground below. The tower's angle certainly did add an exciting element to the experience!

    Back at ground zero, we set out in search of a bite to eat. We enjoyed a little aimless wandering before heading back in the general direction of last night's restaurant. It has become obvious that Vicky's Italian name is 'Rasta' as this is what she is hailed as by the majority of African street sellers trying to catch her attention!

    We came across an antiques market with some beautiful china, lace and little irons you'd heat over a fire. We considered getting one of these for Vicky's knitting projects but decided their weight 'outweighed' their usefulness (pardon the pun).

    After a lunch of pizza and pesto we crossed a bridge that had turf laid over half of it and marked the start of the plants market from which Vicky got a pot of lavender. There were people painting large cardboard flowers and the area had an easy going vibe.

    Time was getting on so we returned to the tower and entered the nearby cathedral through its huge doors whose 3D panels depicted detailed scenes. The high sided place of worship impressed us outside and in; we could certainly see it was worthy of its UNESCO heritage status. The structure comprised of pillars, arched alcoves and tall half domes, while large frescoes and golden mosaics added decoration and depth.

    Both Pisa and Florence are 'arty' cities but in very different ways. We felt Florence's classic focus came with a snootiness, but Pisa's art was more interactional, free flowing and welcoming.

    At the van that evening we had pressies, a chat with people back home and a film with some yummy Italian pastries and Prosecco! It was an incredible birthday and one Vicky won't forget!
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  • Day180

    Der schiefe Turm von Pisa

    March 9 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Hauptziel des heutigen Tages, war es eines der typischen "ich halte den schiefen Turm von Pisa" Fotos zu knipsen.

    Die erste Nacht mal wieder im Bus war sehr ruhig, entspannt und erholsam. Und so fuhren wir von Florenz direkt nach Pisa.

    Vom Parkplatz gingen wir auf direktestem Weg zur Hauptatraktion, dem schiefen Turm. Dort angekommen waren wir zunächst etwas verwundert, dass dieser von weiteren Gebäuden umgeben ist. Wir dachten irgendwie der Turm steht relativ einsam in der Landschaft. Außerdem stellten wir fest, dass wir an diesem Tag nicht die einzigen waren, die den Turm halten wollten. Unzählige Touris in immer wieder gleichen Posen säumten den Turm.

    Nachdem das Bild im Kasten war, gingen wir zurück zu Freudolin, gönnten uns ein Eis und suchten einen Übernachtungsplatz im Grünen raus.

    Mit obligatorischem Einkaufsstop bei einem Lidl absolvierten wir die gut 25-minütige Fahrt ins Hinterland. Von unserem heutigen Stellplatz hatten wir einen super Blick auf die Ebene von Pisa.
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  • Day29

    Pisa (IT)

    August 5, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    It is believed that the city of Pisa was founded on the shore and was a maritime city, however with sediment deposits it now lies 10km inland from the shore.

    Known worldwide for its leaning tower. The tower at its worst was leaning at 5.5 degrees. Work was done to stabilize the lean, and the lean is now stable at 4 degrees. The top of the tower is off-center by 3.9 meters.

    Not only does the tower lean, but also the Baptistery which has a lean of 0.6 degrees.
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  • Day17

    Venice to Florence, via Pisa

    June 3, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Pisa is a very small town in Tuscany - much smaller than I'd thought it would be. Apparently, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is the biggest draw in the region. The parking lot for coaches is a fair walk from the site, but it was really interesting walking through Pisa because it felt very different than walking in other cities we've visited. It was like walking through a small neighbourhood - maybe in BC, it just rained and smelled so fresh!

    Glad to tick this one off the list!
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  • Day19

    Pisa-Stopp

    October 30, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Nach dem Unwetter geht es für uns weiter nach Pisa. Wir übernachten auf einem Stellplatz. Pisa überrascht uns, da es auf den ersten Blick sehr fahrradfreundlich wirkt. Also erkunden wir die Stadt auch per Rad. Mit den Kindern und unseren Radkonstruktionen rufen wir bei vielen Italienern Verwunderung und Begeisterung hervor. Auf dem Markt kaufen wir noch Steinpilze. Lecker!Read more

  • Day6

    ... in Pisa

    May 12, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    ...auf dem Weg zu unserer Hauptroute haben noch kurz halt in Pisa gemacht...
    Leider gibt es ausser dem Turm und der Kirche nicht wirklich viel mehr zu sehen, dafür sind die Bauwerke umso beeindruckender... Beim Turm hat er etwas geschlampt aber die Kirche und Basilika sind Perfekt geworden... ;-)

    ... Sulla strada per il nostro percorso principale siamo stati per breve tempo a Pisa ...
    Purtroppo, non ci sono altre monumenti a Pisa da vedere che la torre e la chiesa, questi sono gli edifici più impressionante ... Dalla torre ha pasticciato qualcosa, ma la chiesa e la basilica sono diventati perfetti ... ;-)
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