Sunday, January 08, 2012
day trip out to pisa!
What's your idea of Pisa?
The idea of the trip around Italy should be enough to prompt you to instinctively think about the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa of architectural magnificence.
Pisa is a serene and sleepy town. You don't need a map to get to the leaning tower. It's pretty straightforward from Pisa Centrale you walk straight past the Solferino Bridge and after another street, turn left and you can see the tower right ahead. The people walking about on the streets are all probably headed in the same direction- Towards the Piazza dei Miracoli ("Square of Miracles").
The Piazza del Duomo ("Cathedral Square") is a wide, walled area at the heart of the city of Pisa, Tuscany, Italy, recognized as one of the main centers for medieval art in the world. Partly paved and partly grassed, it is dominated by four great religious edifices: the Duomo (cathedral), the Campanile (the cathedral's free standing bell tower), the Baptistry and the Camposanto.
In 1987 the whole square was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
At 241 kilometres, this river runs through Arrezo, Ponte Vecchio in Florence and around Siena was mostly infamous for its wild floods especially one in 1966 where the raging water collapsed the embankment in Florence, killing at least 40 people and damaging and destroying millions of works of art and rare books. New conservation techniques were inspired by the disaster, but even 40 years later, these hundreds of works still await restoration.
We're almost there! :) A easy walk through the sleepy town of which I basked in its quiet and serene atmosphere till we got to the Piazza which was filled with visitors. Taking that ubiquitious shot of having to hold onto the leaning tower from all angles and in so many wacky ways. Oh if only I had a more adventurous brother. :p
We popped into a small store enroute for an energy boost.
But having had Old Bridge just yesterday, this just didn't cut it. :/
A few hours in Pisa and we bade our farewells. We've been there, done it, seen it.
And our gelato hunt continues.