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After trying to visit Pisa a few days ago, we wanted to return with more time. With a map this time, we headed to Piazza del Duomo. We had to carry all of our stuff so that was interesting but we found somewhere to eat on the way for a rest. We got pizza in Pisa! :) Once we got to the piazza, we were laughing to ourselves because so many tourists (probably American) had their ...
... up an extra hill so, harder to get to, and we wanted to have time to relax.
After purchasing our train tickets for the day, we were just in time for the train to...Manarola. Working our way North from Riomaggiore, we were picking up where we left off yesterday. Manarola was my favorite - I have to say. The vineyard walk alone was one of my Italy highlights (as you'll see). Manarola used to have a stream running through it, which is now ...
... and not just a hopeless tourist (though it's really fun to do that too). For instance, did you know that the tower's been leaning since it's construction? It is caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure's weight! Oh, and it's a freestanding bell tower for the cathedral. Europe has so much history, I am drinking it in!
Next stop... Lucca!
Next move on to Pisa. It's about a 45 minute drive and the clouds have rolled in and the drizzling rain has begun. It rained the whole time we had in Pisa. Pisa's "Field of Miracles" is one of the most gorgeous squares in Italy. The grass is emerald green and sets off the Pisano-Romanesque look of the Duomo, Baptistry, and Campanile - that Italian icon better known as the Leaning Tower (cathedral's bell tower). This bell tower was begun in 1173 and started ...
... around the streets with no real purpose and took in as many of the sites as we could. One of our favourite highlights was the round Piazza called the Anfiteatro, it was bustling with tourists and restaurants. We also saw the Torre Giunigi, which was fairly tall and had a whole garden complete with trees perched on the top of it! We stopped on the city wall to munch on our Salami rolls and soak up some lunchtime sun before we headed off for ...
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