Wet San Gimignano , Tacky Pisa, and Stormy Lucca

Trip Start May 11, 2011
Trip End May 20, 2011

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Day 4 - Wet San Gimignano , Tacky Pisa, and Stormy Lucca

We have a nice breakfast at our sunny hotel in Siena, and headed out around 9am to see San Gimignano. We knew this was going to be our worst weather day before we left. We arrived in San Gimignano, as did all the tour buses, and it was already pouring. Umbrellas danced up the medieval streets of this pretty village. But the rain did put a damper on it, so after some pictures, a little shopping and a visit to the La Rocca in the rain, we decided to shove off.

Next stop, instead of Volterra, due to the rain, we decided to hit up Pisa, the tower and the tackiness! Besides, it was on the way to Lucca. GPS took us via some country roads, more cyclists, and even over some foggy hilltops. We arrived in Pisa, no rain, but TONS of tourists! We ventured to the Duomo and the Tower, took photos, walked around, and that was all we needed!

We drove the 12 miles further to Lucca, which is the only remaining completely walled city in Europe. I wanted to rid bikes on the wall around the city, something I had planned for the very beginning, but Mother Nature was not cooperating! We strolled the pretty city, most of the shops closed due to Sunday, but many markets were in the assorted piazzas. Had gelati, found a place for dinner (unfortunately, most restaurants are closed on Sunday nights), and because of the constant rain, retreated to our hotel. We are staying within the walls of the city, and I knew going in this would be our less posh hotel, which it is!! No a/c, too early for that, they said!

Lucca is very pretty, mostly undiscovered by Americans (mostly German and Italian tourists), the wall is beautiful and intriguing, but even though the rain has hurt its chances with us, Siena is still the favorite so far! Tomorrow, we drive over some mountains, through some tunnels and end up at the sea. We are staying the night in Levanto, and spending our time touring the famous, Cinque Terre area, which is on the rugged coast of the Italian Rivera.
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Hi - wonderful trip - sorry for bad weather in Luca

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