Florence and Pisa

Florence, Italy
Pisa, Italy
On Tuesday I ran around train stations all day getting to Pisa and Florence. I left early in the morning and was able to spend about half an hour in Pisa (after two hours of trains from Rome), and saw the leaning tower! I would have liked to spend more time but there honestly wasn’t anything else to do in Pisa and I wanted to get on to Florence for the rest of the day. It was basically a day of taking my own photographs, and while I didn’t get the entire “keeping the tower up” picture because everyone else was busy doing that for themselves and taking forever to get the perfect picture, I got a few that I took myself and am pretty happy with the result 🙂

In Florence I used my Rick Steves’ audio Europe tour podcast (nerd alert), which took me on a free tour through the city and showed me the best sites in the city. I started at the Florence cathedral, known as the “duomo” and has a giant dome on the back. It’s covered in green, pink, and white marble and is beautiful on the outside but pretty boring on the inside. 
Later in the day I went in to the Uffizi gallery museum, and had to wait in line for EVER. But I got in about an hour before it closed, and had plenty of time to see the paintings and use Rick Steves’ tour again. One of the best parts of the museum was seeing the painting of the Birth of Venus (I think, can’t remember the artist right now), which I have always liked and remember learning about before in a class. Unfortunately we couldn’t take pictures in the museum, but I did get a really great picture of the Arno river and the Ponte Vecchio bridge from a window.
Of course I had plenty of gelato and even a nutella-covered waffle during the day, which was amaaazing. I normally don’t like nutella but it’s a lot better if you have it as a dessert. 
Although the day was very rainy, it was a great break from Rome and nice to see a little more of the country. 

Cathedral in Pisa, with the tower on the right.
Cathedral in Florence – you can just see the dome behind.

Inside the Florence cathedral.
What was the main square in Florence.
The David copy
Picture of the Arno river and the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge from the Uffizi gallery.

On this bridge there were literally only jewelry shops full of the most exquisite jewelry I could imagine.

Of course I had plenty of gelato and even a nutella-covered waffle during the day, which was amaaazing. I normally don’t like nutella but it’s a lot better if you have it as a dessert. 
Although the day was very rainy, it was a great break from Rome and nice to see a little more of the country.

FLORENCE & PISA MUST-DOs:

  • Typical touristy “Help the tower is falling so I must hold it up!” picture at Pisa
  • Stroll along the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Don’t plan on actually spending money unless you’re rich!
  • Uffizi Gallery or Academia – but no pictures allowed!

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