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San Giuliano Terme

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  • Day287

    Pisa, Happy Birthday Vicky!

    April 9, 2017 in Italy

    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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  • Day29

    Pisa (IT)

    August 5, 2017 in Italy

    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.Read more

  • Day17

    Venice to Florence, via Pisa

    June 3, 2016 in Italy

    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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  • Day1

    Bel hôtel à l'ancienne. Assez grand et un peu rococo mais ça a son charme.
    Thermes très grands et très axés sur les bains (eau salée, remous, piscine d'eau thermale à 38°).
    Piscine extérieure vraiment chauffée, un plaisir avec la terrasse ensoleillée toute la journée.
    Ne pas manquer la vue sur Venise en remontant le sentier à l'arrière du bâtiment (accessible par la terrasse du snack au deuxième étage).
    Pour manger le snack est bon sans plus. Vin très bons mais attention 8€.
    Ne pas rater le petit bar Salsedo juste en face, pâtisseries simples et excellentes pour pas cher...et bonne grappa :-). Notre QG de fin de journée.
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  • Day1

    Pise, Locanda Sant agata

    October 9, 2017 in Italy

    Super bon restaurant près de notre hôtel. Gastronomique ou presque.
    Personnel très sympathique et qui fait l'effort d'essayer de parler français (remarque général pour notre séjour d'ailleurs)
    100€ entrée plat deux verres de vin café prosecco.
    À refaire !
    Remarque : possibilité de loger sur place, à tenter.

  • Day1

    San giuliano Terme, Bar salsedo

    October 9, 2017 in Italy

    Nos petites pâtisseries du soir accompagnées d'un café ou d'une grappa (devinez qui prend quoi :-) )
    Simple mais très bon notamment zabaglione, baba au rhum, tartelette au citron....
    Petite grappa du chef toujours bien bonne.
    Pour 8€ deux pâtisseries un café latte et une grappa bien remplie.

  • Day6

    ... in Pisa

    May 12, 2016 in Italy

    ...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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