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... last holiday in Europe. She is big, massive …oh we should clarify; we are talking about the ship. It would be on a par with the “Ventura” but it does have a water park on very top deck. A water park! Really? With water slides all over the place in all different colours. Just a bit pretentious, we say.
The “Norwegian Epic” was still in dock when we returned from our day tour late this afternoon. We are not due ...
... to enter the tower. Eventually we are allowed in and are treated to a brief history of the tower, it's lean, the famous scientific experiments carried out here, and the long restoration project to stop the tower toppling over. Now it is time to climb, a and climb, and climb, and climb. There are a lot of steps and the higher we got, the greater the effect of the lean, it was hard to climb the narrow slippery steps, and every so often you would find ...
... your door." I guess this is leftover from the ancient enmity between the two cities (all the city-states in what is now Italy were constantly at war with each other) which has continued to this day in a primarily sports-based rivalry. I think they just dislike each other because they're both practically the same, so naturally they each want to be better than the other.
Anyways, once we'd arrived, our professors turned us briefly loose so that we ...
... and that it too is leaning just like the leaning tower of Pisa. The cathedral was amazing, looked so good inside and out. I was surprised with the shear size of it as well as all the detail.
After the cathedral we had free time to walk around the complex and take some cool photos. The first thing we done was sat in the shade and had some of our lunch we packed for the day as well as a ice cold water that we froze in our fridge over night.
... Later on it became a mighty maritime nation. Pisa
helped Alfonso VI of Castilla to push El Cid out of Valencia. For some
years Pisa was the most prominent merchant and military ally of the
Byzantine Empire, overcoming Venice itself. But later wars and battles
with different popes defeated Pisa’s stronghold in August 6, 1284
Genoese fleet defeated the city. This defeat ended the maritime power of
Pisa. In 1290 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Leonardo Hotel Pisa
Traditional Hotel, Rooms basic but clean, breakfast was good, and centrally located, good value. Helpful & friendly staff, who spoke good english.
Nice hotel with friendly staff. Very good position in old town of Pisa and near shops & tower. Other side of river to trains & buses but ok to walk to them. Breakfast basic but ok and room a little small but again clean & ok.
If you're visiting Tuscany and want to be based in a quiet, non-touristy part of Pisa, yet only a short walk away from the fabulous Piazzas Miracoli and Cavaliere, Hotel Leonardo is ideal. Located in a quiet cobbled street in the mediaeval centre of the town, there are several great and good value restaurants close by where the locals eat. The room we stayed in was spacious, clean and comfortable, the view was wonderful (rooftops, mountains in the distance) and the bath towels were big and fluffy. The breakfast was good and the rolls and pastries freshly baked and hot every day. The decor was in good order (though the murals are not to everyone's taste!) The staff were helpful and friendly. The hotel is reputed to have been Galileo's laboratory which added a historical frisson to the experience. Altogether highly recommended.
Traditional, nice, recommend
having lived in italy for a number of years, stayed in hotels from 1 star to 4 stars, this was a worthy 3 star hotel. not sure what people expect from Italian hotels, reading the last review. It is well located, fridge in room, good A/C, friendly staff, clean room, what more could you ask for. I will definately stay again, good restraunts in the area, be brave and wander all the little side streets and alleys near, take a step back in time. We found very nice pizzeria's and restaraunts this way. can't wait to go back.
I really enjoyed my stay at this hotel. It is located in an area that could not be more italian. Looking out of the windows takes you into a different world. Everywhere there are elderly Italians sitting on old chairs chatting while waiting until the sun goes down. It is a very pretty city. The staff at the Leonardo were very helpful, our room was neat and clean. I can't say much more than that we enjoyed our stay very much and for me it is more important to leave the place with a satisfied feeling than thinking about the small variety of a breakfast... One should not hold onto small mistakes that such a place has regarding the price that was paid.
Happy to have stayed here
We stayed here in the Spring of 2002.
We drove into Pisa early in the night without a room or a clue where to stay. We happened upon the Hotel Leonardo and were quite pleased.
The service was extremely pleasant and helpful. The night desk employee parked our car in an alley somewhere and quickly gave us an overview of the neighborhood. We found a great little restuarant filled with locals celebrating a birthday.
The accomodations were clean and not too small. That's the best I can say about the rooms. But for $88, we were happy.
The Leaning Tower is only a short stroll away.
Unlikely that we would stay again
We travelled though Europe for 6 weeks and visited the Hotel Leonardo during the middle of our holiday. We would probably rank at the lower end of the scale - the interior finish was pretty tacky however the hotel was clean. Breakfast was really average with a little variety. Staff were really helpful. Room did not have safe - something which we found in all other hotels that we stayed at. Unlikely that we would stay again.