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Michelangelo, Doni Tondo, c. 1507 Duomo di PisaInês Mota
Pisa You can also visit another main landmark in Tuscany. Just an hour train ride from Florence, you can find the splendid leaning tower of Pisa. Just hop on a train from Santa Maria Novella station in Florence and had to Pisa. When you get there, you should look for the buses that go towards the tower. It is not a short distance, so don’t try to walk. Piazza dei Miracoli is the name of the square, which hosts some beautiful architectural landmarks such as the Pisa Baptistery, the tower and the Camposanto Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery). You can also find a big square at the entrance where you can buy some souvenirs and nice merchandise, bit they are a bit expensive as well.rozeen-muasher
The Roman forum and the Palatine Hill weren’t my favorite. You don’t need to get a tour guide there , you can have a stroll on your own and that’ll be enough . The Trevi Fountain is magical , it’s a must see .Yes, this is where you throw a coin and make a wish . You’ll find hundreds of coins lying on floor of the fountain. You don’t need a ticket here , it’s completely free. PISA: Pisa is 5 hours away from Rome by bus . The leaning tower is a beauty . But that’s pretty much what you need to see in Pisa . Unless you wanna see the leaning tower so bad , Pisa isn’t worth visiting.Maryam Sameh
BUT DO RENT A CAR! Or bring your own…
The best way to see Tuscany is in a car. You just have to drive trough, no other way. Be smart, skip the tourist bus. Depending on what you search for, you can visit the cities of Tuscany, small towns, try wine tasting, do some cooking classes or maybe visit one of Tuscany’s therms. There is so much to do, a week is not enough! Having visited Florence and Pisa once before, we decided to do a more rural check up of Tuscany. Tuscany is really huge and if you want to see the nature you see on photographs that appear when you google it, you need to visit Val d’Orcia. It took me some time to figure that out. This is a rural part of central Italy south of Sienna listed in the UNESCO’s world heritage list. I really loved both, Florence and Pisa, but the visit to Val d’Orcia was out of this world. We first stopped in Sienna. Since we did not have a lot of time we did it in the evening of our arrival. There was a festival when we arrived so many people were in town, there were a lot of young people and so much was going on. If you go there during the day there is a Torre del Mangia which you can climb up and have an amazing view of the town. Unfortunately, we did not have the time. On the next day we drove trough Tuscany and on our way to Pienza and Montepulciano we also unplanningly stopped at San Quirico d’Orcia – this is why it is so great to have your own car – which in the end, i loved the most. A lovely town up on a hill with huge stone houses and walls, many cypresses, a lovely garden. This is where we bought some truffles, cream, cheese and pasta for dinner for I price we could never get back home. The small towns really make you feel Tuscany and the drive trough is an experience not to be missed. Montepulciano is really steep and i thing i died a little there. I should note that I am not the most athletic person. I am really more up for relaxing and having a bite or drinking some wine. But, i had to walk. There was no other way (elevator). When we reached t he piazza Grande we took a break. I heard about Italian gelato, and i really like sweets, so i decided to buy some ice cream. Jack pot once again. The place was called Caffetteria dell Duomo, and I tried to rate it on tripadvisor but could not find it. Buy some ice cream there!!!Miek
Second Day: Pisa
Second Day: Pisa The distance between Tuscany and Pisa is about 2 hrs with the train. A one-way ticket was 18,39€. We bought it from the train station. If you have a map, it’s impossible to get lost because it’s a small town and like all Italian cities it’s full of old buildings. From one end (train station) to the other (where Pisa is) you can see several medieval palaces, historical churches and a lot of bridges across the Arno river. Santa Maria della Spina We decided to visit some churches in our way to Piazza del Duomo and chose Santa Maria Della Spina, a small church placed on the bank of the Arno river. It seems that there was a thorn from Christ’s crown, how her name says “Della Spina” (“of the thorn”). Even the thorn is not there because was moved or lost, the architecture of the church is still one of the greatest things you can find on the bridge of Arno’s with its Gothic facade. It says it’s the most outstanding edifice in Europe. Also, the facade has two gates with lined arches. After taking a walk on Arno’s bridges, we arrived at Piazza del Duomo. Here you find all the edifices who make Pisa city so known. If you want to visit them, you have to buy a ticket. For instance, we bought an 8,23€ ticket to visit all four edifices: Pisa Cathedral, Pisa Baptistery, the Campanile and the Camposanto Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery). Anyway, you can buy your ticket for only one edifice. It’s your choice. In our ticket was included the Museo delle Sinopie (the Sinopias Museum). More info about Pisa and the other edifices and also about tickets and events you can click here. Museo delle SinopieSofia Leopold
How to get to Florence
Florence has an airport situated 15-20 minutes outside the center of the city. Other airports that are near to Florence are in Pisa and Bologna, each are about an hour outside of Florence and have bus’s and trains that go to Florence.gabrielle-mastronardo
Venice - The Floating Beauty
That’s exactly what I came to discover when I took a two day trip to Venice! But there were also so many other gems just waiting to be discovered! I left from Pisa early in the morning and took a “blablacar” to Padova, Italy. From the central station there, it was a 30 minute train ride to the main Venetian island. My host picked me up at the Mestre train station, but he didn’t have a car. Surprisingly enough I didn’t even consider that before I arrived. There are very few road vehicles on the island! You only see them at the main port of entry. Apart from that, you walk or take the water bus everywhere, which is an experience in itself!leafy-greens
Getting to Cinque Terre is an adventure itself
The closest airports to Cinque Terre are in Florence, Pisa and Genoa. However, we have a very limited flights choice from Lithuania airports. Therefore, the cheapest and the fastest way to get to Italy from Lithuania is actually to fly to Milan (direct flight of a little bit more than 2 hours) or Milano Bergamo, if to be precise, which is a small town about an hour away from Milan.Mari Kava
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