Tuscany Travel Diary - Day 2: Pisa

09 August 2015

Honestly the only reason I wanted to go to Pisa was to eat pizza and take that obligatory 'leaning against the tower photo' but the city turned out to be more than just the Piazza dei Miracoli, which is by the way super crowded. I much more enjoyed the less touristic places like the Piazza dei Cavalieri or The Knight's Square where you'll find a statue of Cosimo de' Medici. I love anything to do with the Medici family ever since watching Da Vinci's Demons.

A little closer to the Arno, in the medieval heart of Pisa, Piazza delle Vettovaglie is situated. It's a small square with a daily food market offering many Italian specialities. And talking about specialities, just around the corner of the piazza at La Bottega del Gelato you can eat some of the city's best gelato while looking out on the Ponte di Mezzo. If you arrive in Pisa by train like we did, this will probably be the bridge you'll cross on the way to Piazza dei Miracoli.

Traveling through Tuscany by train is fairly easy (and cheap!) but it does have some disadvantages. For example, I wish we could've explored more of Pisa's countryside too. We took the bus from Pisa to Florence when we arrived in Italy and on the way we passed these magical fields full of sunflowers. Sadly you can't just hop off the bus or the train wherever you want. So I'd definitely like to do a road trip through the area in a few years as well.

Happy Sunday! ❤

1. The Leaning Tower of Pisa - 2. Pretty houses near the University of Pisa - 3. The Duomo di Pisa - 4. Pizzaaaaa - 5. The Ponte di Mezzo - 6. One of those charming narrow streets  7 & 9. Me somewhere along the Arno - 8. La Bottega del Gelato

Tuscany Travel Diary - Day 1&4: Florence

04 August 2015

I'm back home from seven days in Tuscany and an unexpected trip to London afterwards. I feel revived after seeing so many beautiful places and being able to cross some new things off my bucket list: Watching the sunset in Florence, eating pizza in Pisa and discovering the beautiful Cinque Terre. I made so many memories and I'm excited to share the many, many photos I took with you.

This first set is from the first and fourth day of our trip, which we spent in Florence. We planned on visiting a different city every day but since our apartment was in Florence, we decided to spend some more time there. I always expected Florence to be my favorite out of all of them, but found it to be less charming than smaller cities like Siena, Lucca and San Gimignano. The cathedral and the bell tower are without a doubt phenomenal pieces of architecture and they are the city's highlight. But when it comes to strolling past colorful houses and enjoying a cup of gelato, I prefer the calmer and more authentic streets of Siena.

We did enjoy some very nice gelato at Perché No!, a small gelateria close to the Piazza della Signoria that I definitely recommend. If you're a lover of pretty sunsets, you should also head to the Piazzale Michelangelo across the Ponte Vecchio. It's a little hike but it gets you the best view over the city (at least that I know of). Another option is climbing the bell tower or the cathedral, or both if you're up for it. But I can tell you, climbing 400 steps in the summer heat is quite a challenge! Anyways, that's how far my tips on visiting Florence go! 

 Have you ever been to Florence? How was your experience?
Next up is Pisa so stay tuned!

1. A small street near the Palazzo Pitti - 2. The Basilica di Santa Croce - 3. Gelatooo <3 (somewhere near Piazza della Signoria) - 4. The view from the Ponte Vecchio - 5. Padlocks on the Ponte Vecchio - 6. The Cattedrale or Duomo di Firenze - 7. Painted ceiling inside the Palazzo Pitti - 8 & 9. On our way to Piazzale Michelangelo - 10. The view from the bell tower - 11. The sunset seen from Piazzale Michelangelo