Easy Pisa!

I say that because that’s exactly what it is… Easy to get to, easy to get around and easy on the eye.

Obviously the leaning Tower of Pisa and its neighbouring buildings are the main attractions bringing people from all over the world to this Tuscan region of Italy. As we had been in Rome before this we took a train to Pisa. It took roughly two hours but takes you through some of the most beautiful countryside and coastline. It really is worth the packed carriages that we shared with people of every nationality (and the odd pet dog) and the smelly toilets.

As we arrived at Stazione Pisa Centrale we were taken aback that it was quite behind the times but very quickly changed our views as we left the station and where greeted by a lovely water feature and modern buildings and hotels. Crossing the street we jumped on bus “Rocco” (your train ticket covers the cost of you return bus fare).
Fifteen minutes later we were getting off the bus and I said to Victoria, one of my best friends and eternal travel buddy. ‘What if we miss the Leaning Tower or cant find it’!?, as we where on a very tight schedule as we were continuing on to Florence that afternoon. Well…if anybody has been there then you will know that you definitely will not miss the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Standing at 56 metres high, this bell tower which was first opened in 1372 and built by architect Bonanna Pisanna really does need to be seen to be believed.

After doing the typical posing at the tower to ensure we got one of the typical pictures of us “holding up the tower” we packed up our cameras and headed to a little street just right of the babtistry called Via Santa Maria and went to a restaurant named Pizzeria Ristorante L’Europeo. This was probably the best meal we had the whole time we were in Italy. We ordered two main courses to share. The pizza was perfect and the gnocchi with pesto still makes my mouth water every time I think about it.

To me, three hours was long enough in Pisa but it was a Sunday and most of the actual town was closed so beware for those of you who plan to go at the weekend. As we boarded the train to our next destination we were content as can be with our belly’s full of great grub and our cameras full of some great memories.

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