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When we were in Tuscany, we spent most of our time in and around Ansedonia (click here for the other posts from this trip). However, we really wanted to see more of Tuscany and when some of our friends and family members were leaving, Marco and I took that as the perfect excuse to drive them where they needed to go: the airport in¬†Pisa and the train station in Firenze (aka Florence) ūüôā
So, one morning we got up really early and started the two hour trip north to Pisa’s airport, Aeroporto Galileo Galilei. Many Europeans use this airport as¬†a gateway to Tuscany since a lot of low cost airlines fly into it (e.g., easyJet, Ryanair, Vueling, and more). I’m not sure if I’d recommend Vueling though… we flew with them from Paris to Rome¬†once and¬†Marco had a whole bunch of stuff stolen from his luggage. Since the¬†suitcase itself was still there, Vueling did not pay him a cent. But that’s a¬†completely different story…¬†On¬†the website of Pisa’s airport it says that they had over 400 flights per week in the summer of 2009. Impressive for such a small city (Pisa has only about 100,000 inhabitants)!
We dropped off D. at the aiport and continued to downtown. Since we only had a little bit of time before we had to drop off¬†S.¬†at Firenze’s train station, we went straight to the famous Campo dei Miracoli (aka Field of Miracles). There were many tourists from all over the world, but that did not diminish the stunning views on this beautiful square.¬†The three most impressive sights here are: the¬†Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Pisa Cathedral, and the Baptistery. ¬†Here’s a fun fact for you: did you know that tower is actually banana-shaped and not just leaning? After the first three stories were built, the architect realized that the ground wasn’t strong enough for the tower and that it started leaning. When the next stories were built 100 years later the new architect started to compensate for the original lean and, voila, the banana-shape¬†was complete ūüôā

first view of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square): baptistry in the front followed by the cathedral and the tower in the back

top of the Duomo

the tower from up close

On the way back to the car, we¬†had a quick¬†late breakfast and continued¬†our trip to Firenze… Check out Tuscany August 2008 for all post of this trip.

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