We woke up to a beautiful, sunny morning in Pisa. Temps were frigid but sunshine makes anything bearable. We walked over to the Rhone and took in all the brightly colored buildings. I was so jealous of the people in this picture:
We meandered through the streets and I took a lot of pictures of cute little alleyways – which I’ll post in a separate entry. After a little while we made our way to Pisa’s most famous landmark.
The tower is in a gorgeous complex called Piazza del Duomo (or “Piazza dei Miracoli”), a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along with the tower there is a gorgeous Cathedral, Baptistry, and Camposanto. All rendered in gleaming marble the buildings are remarkable. It was the perfect day to visit as the sun was shining making the sky a brilliant blue, which coupled with the green grass provided the perfect background for these gorgeous buildings.
We decided to climb up the tower thinking that would provide some great views but were dissuaded when we discovered it would cost €30.00 for the two of us to make the climb. I don’t know about you but €30.00 seemed a bit steep – especially since we were in Italy and that €30.00 could buy a lot of amazing pasta and pizza! As the square is quite remarkable we were happy to save the money and wander around. We went inside the Cathedral and I would highly recommend that – there are gorgeous frescoes on the walls, the marble work is breathtaking, and the ceiling is intricately and elaborately decorated. No photos allowed though so you’ll have to go to see it…or google it.
We were amused by the following scene, which we couldn’t quite figure out. There was a couple dressed up for a wedding along with some attendants. These people had lots of make-up on, glitter in their hair and were obviously there to get their pictures taken. There was a director type person who was ordering everyone around and a camera man. The problem was a whole group of tourists kept pushing into the pictures and wanting their pictures taken with the groom and not-too-happy bride. I don’t know if there people were celebrities or what, but it made for some funny scenes.
After watching for a few minutes we proceeded on our loop of the Piazza and took a few more pictures of the buildings.
We were hungry by this time and decided to return to a restaurant that had been recommended to us the night before but had been completely packed at 11PM!!! Le Scuderie is known for having the best pizza in town and they sell it by the meter! How fun is that? We had really wanted to try it when we arrived but the place was absolutely packed with locals (not a tourist in sight…except for us) and there was a line out the door. It was much quieter when we got there this afternoon – in fact the only people in the restaurant were the wife and children of one of the chefs. They were happily munching away on some delicious looking food when we took our seats. We ordered and were so happy with our dishes. I would definitely recommend going there (Le Scuderie, Via Sancasiani). We weren’t able to try the pizza but the pasta was delicious and it was really fun to sit there and see the restaurant fill up with families who were personally greeted by the owner.
Next up we needed to catch our train to Siena!