This is it! I have made it. I can’t believe it took me this long to visit Italy. I mean this is like number one place to go when you are in Europe, right? Let alone when you have lived there for all of your life! Sigh…
I started off in Liverpool, as usual. I did not expect the flight to bring any surprises really. I was lucky enough to get a window seat so I enjoyed the views outside. But this flight to Pisa was one of the best in terms of sights outside! Not only I saw the cliffs of Dover, but also the La Manche canal (I could see both UK and continental Europe!). Maybe 10 minutes later I noticed a small city emerging. “Oh, that’s a nice city with a sneaky river. Oh… its actually a quite big city. That’s a monster city! Can it be… is that… the Eiffel Tower?! It is!” So yeah I got to see Paris as well. And later on Geneva and the lake! And…. the Alps and Mt Blanc and Matterhorn! Yeah that was a lot for one flight! Happy days! 🙂
Although this Easter trip was only few days it was an intensive one. Pisa, Siena, Florence and Milan! All cities unique and culturally rich. Full of museums, old buildings and rusty cobblestone roads. I have to say I was lucky to book this trip when I did it as the prices soared soon after. But then I kind of know why. People must have predicted the weather and they knew it was going to be cold and rainy anywhere else in Europe and amazing right there in Italy! And it was indeed. T-shirts and tanned face. I loved it 🙂
I started my trip in Pisa. I never knew the city had a very own airport. And it’s literally at it’s doorstep! You can easily walk from the airport to the city centre in 20 minutes. Or the leaning tower in half an hour. So if you ever thought of flying to Pisa – do not hesitate. It’s a small quaint airport but very friendly and feels more like a bus terminal. And you can even have a picnic outside!
The city itself does not have that much to offer besides the famous one. It’s a typical, old Italian city. Do not get me wrong – it’s still beautiful and full of history. But you can find it anywhere. It’s nice to tramp around when on a nice and warm day. But let’s not fool ourselves. People come here to see the leaning tower. And I have to say it…. really is leaning! Not as much to make it impossible to walk up, but still clearly visible. The whole complex is actually nice and you can sit down on the grass and enjoy the views. I spent most of my time in Piazza dei Miracoli (the Cathedral Square). Apart from the tower you can also admire the cathedral and baptistery.
One thing I can complain about is the amount of tourists. I was one of them so I am a bit of a hypocrite but why would everyone decide to see Tuscany on Easter?! I was made aware it’s rather normal and one can expect even bigger crowds in the summer. I can’t imagine how so but I need to make a note to myself never to go sightseeing in Italy in June till August. Spring is good enough 🙂
Either way enjoy!