The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Italy 2013: Pisa

Italy holds a special place in our hearts, so we were excited to head there again to explore other regions. Our main destination in Italy was the beautiful Cinque Terre, and we decided to break up our train journey from Paris with an overnight stay in the little town of Pisa. We all know Pisa's most famous landmark is the Leaning Tower, and the Eiffel Tower-obsessed boy was excited to view another tower. Pisa is only a small town, and we could see all the worthwhile sights in one afternoon.

The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa:

The Pisa Cathedral (click on image for larger view):

The Pisa Baptistry opposite the Cathedral:

The Cathedral facade, shadowed by the Baptistry:

Part of the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Camposanto Monumentale (Monumental Cemetary) on the left and the Cathedral up ahead. The Baptistry is immediately to the right of this shot, and the Leaning Tower is behind the Cathedral. Click on image for larger view:

Hubby really wanted to stop by Galileo's birthplace:

Palazzo della Carovana, the main building of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa that makes up part of the Pisa University System (click on image for larger view):

This Church of the Knights of Order of Saint Stephen is also part of the University:

Walking down the pedestrian street through town from Piazza dei Miracoli to the train station:

Crossing Ponte di Mezzo, the main bridge in Pisa:

The Arno River reminded me of the view from another Italian bridge:

Walking through a pedestrian street mall:

The walking tour of Pisa only took a few hours to complete. Stay tuned for more!

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