August 16 Day Seven Ferrada Italy to Luca Italy Pisa and a side trip
Simon's revealing discovery
It's been 35 years since I was last in Pisa. It hasn't changed much but everything does look cleaner. It was winter last time I remember the Leaning Tower of Pisa looking a little grey and the walls of the Pisa Cathedral were much darker. There must have been some restoration work on the buildings in the last 35 year.
I cant't remember much about Pisa itself from my last visit but I certainly enjoyed walking around the city this time. The city has a real charm about it that even the large volume of tourist traffic couldn't suppress.
It's crowded on a high volume tourist day but its still a lot of fun. Ben and I spent quite some time trying to get the perfect leaning tower image.
Loved staying within the walls of the Citadel. These towns must have been amazing to live in 500 years ago. Walking around the city at night with the hustle and bustle of the tourists and residents was probably more exciting and intriguing than Paris. You feel a lot more closed in within the city walls, with all the narrow roads and tall building. Lots of busy streets and deserted back alleys. Cobble stones everywhere and huge ancient doors and arches.
No fast food for Gultard.
As a gluten intolerance person, I have trouble eating foods that contain wheat flour. Things like Pasta, Bread and Pizza. There appears to be only one type of fast food in Italy. It's called pizza and I can't eat it.
As a result while everyone was eating pizza last night I had Risotto and it was one of the worse I've ever had. The rice was very watery and salty and the fish/seafood almost non existent.
To top it off I usually get to tear the toping of the piece that Tash and Seb leave behind. But since the Italian Pizza's are so tasty. Neither of them left me any. 🙁
Only a small bowl of gruel for my super.
To find the best gluten free pizza in Rome.
Michelle's take on the day
So many amazing places!
Today we drove to the walled city of Lucca - an amazing village circled by walls that have been there for 100's of years! We arrived earlyish and headed out to Pisa about 30 minutes away! The Leaning Tower of Pisa was one of the main things that Ben had on his must see list when we planned our big trip, so it was important that we made the trip over when we were so close!
Pisa is an amazing stop - the town itself is gorgeous with narrow cobbled streets that pour into big squares lined with grand buildings! When we got to the tower there were people everywhere but it didn't matter really, it was a stunning place that lived up to its reputation!
I hadn't realised but there are other buildings in the same square as the tower - the Pisa Cathedral and the Pisa Baptistry! More amazing buildings.
We spend a lot of time trying to avoid toll roads to help with the budget and because you see more when you travel through villages etc. However that isn't always possible and today because we had a big day planned we used the toll road to get to Lucca. Actually it only cost about ¢5 and saved us around 2 hours - so that wasn't too bad!
Wow, thats all I can say! Definitely coming back to Lucca and Pisa to spend a few days to really explore and look around. Just incredible to experience.
Natasha's whine for the day
Reading at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
The best part, well that's just as hard as the worst.
I got to read most of the day, including in front of the leaning tower of Pisa.
We went to Pisa and saw the tower.
I almost finished the first book of the hunger games series (it'll be done by the morning tomorrow, probably during breakfast or something).
We actually went out for dinner, we got pizza, when in Rome right (or Lucca).
Just little things
Worst part of today, hmmmmm.
Well that's a hard one, these really wasn't much bad today, it was a quite pleasant day.
I guess mum and dad where a bit grumpy at night (from being tired).
I hit my head on the bunk bed above me when we first got into the room.
We took ages to find somewhere to get dinner and got sort of lost.
It was hot.
I cant think of anything else.
Pisa in the winter please...
Well I'd really like to come back to Pisa one day and explore a bit more, maybe sometime in winter though, it was hot and there were so many people.
I'd also like to finish my book, I already knew the ending because I've seen the first hunger games movie but I couldn't remember much, it was a while ago that I watched it.
Reading the book actually helped me to understand some stuff as well, stuff that didn't come across in the movie the way it did in the book.
Benjamin has his say
The Leaning Tower of Pisa - yes!
What I liked about today was that we got to go to Pisa and see the leaning tower of Pisa which was really cool cause that was one of the things I wanted to see on this trip, so I was very happy.
It was all good
What I didn't like today was nothing!
What I would like to do again is have Italian pizza in an Italian restaurant cause it was so damn yummy!!!