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Trip Report - Day 6 : Florence

Lucca and Pisa

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LUCCA and PISA are two of the most important historical towns in Tuscany and must-visit places for tourists.

We started our day at 8:30 AM and were driven straight to Pisa. There, we had a guided tour of the city followed by some free time at our own disposal. When you hear the word 'Pisa', the first thing that comes to your mind is the Leaning tower. Hoards of tourists come here to see this famous monument and of course, taking a picture of you trying to straighten the leaning tower is a must here :)

Our guide first showed us around the Piazza dei Miracoli or Square of Miracles where the leaning tower, cathedral and baptistery form the city's main attraction.

Piazza dei Miracoli

Piazza dei Miracoli

Cathedral

Cathedral

Baptistery

Baptistery

We were taken on a walking tour of the city where the guide pointed out several famous monuments and houses of famous people.

Street of Pisa

Street of Pisa

Bridge across river Arno

Bridge across river Arno

The Knights’ Square or Piazza dei Cavalieri is another important landmark in Pisa and the second main square of the city. This square was the political centre in medieval Pisa. Some important monuments in this square are Palazzo della Carovana and Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri.

Palazzo della Carovana

Palazzo della Carovana

Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri

Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri

After a tour of the city, we were left for exploring the city on our own for around 2 hours. This also included the entry to the cathedral for which the tickets were provided by our tour operator. The cathedral or Duomo is a very impressive structure and in-spite of being so close to the famous leaning tower, has a charm of its own.

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There was also an option to go up the leaning tower, however we were not interested in the same and preferred spending the time relaxing on the piazza. We picked up Paninis from L'Ostellino which had very high ratings and great reviews. We had the turkey panini and tuna panini, both were outstanding. We had a lovely panini meal at the Piazza dei Miracoli watching the leaning tower and the busy piazza while Isha played on the beautiful lawns.

L'Ostellino

L'Ostellino

Our next destination for the day was Lucca, another beautiful Tuscan city. Lucca is famous for its ancient city walls that have remained intact over centuries. By the time we reached Lucca, we were tired and did not really want to walk around too much. So we took the map provided by our tour operator and covered some of the most important sites here. This town though beautiful, reminded us a lot of San Gimignano which we had visited the previous day.

Lucca Cathedral

Lucca Cathedral

Streets of Lucca

Streets of Lucca

Clock Tower

Clock Tower

Santa Maria Church

Santa Maria Church

Torre Guinigi is the most important tower in Lucca. Its main characteristic is its hanging garden on the roof of the tower.

Torre Guinigi

Torre Guinigi

We left from Lucca and reached Florence at around 7:30 PM. Yes, it was our last day in Florence and we had not forgotten that we were yet to watch the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo. As soon as we left our coach, we headed straight to the bus station, picked up a parcel from Mc Donalds and took the first bus to Piazzale Michelangelo. The atmosphere was beautiful with a lot of people around, all with the same intention – to watch the sun set over the beautiful city of Florence.
We spent almost 2-3 hours here sipping beer and watching the sky change its hue from light blue to orange to grey, and the city being gradually lit up. To summarize the experience in a single world – Breathtaking

Beautiful Sunset

Beautiful Sunset

Sun setting over the beautiful city of Florence

Sun setting over the beautiful city of Florence

Santa Croce Church

Santa Croce Church

Duomo

Duomo

Beautifully lit city

Beautifully lit city

Watching the sun set over the beautiful city of Florence marked the perfect end to our 3 day stay in Florence.

Posted by deepab 01:00 Archived in Italy

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