We woke up early and enjoyed our now daily ritual of “due cappuccino” at our local cafe. Weary of the crowds and rain in Florence, we decided to take the train to Pisa, which was appoximately one hour away.
After some frustrations dealing with the so-called “Biglietto Veloce” (fast ticket)
machines that weren’t so fast, we finally purchased our tickets to Pisa and were on our way to see that famous monument that has graced so many pizza boxes – the Leaning Tower of Pisa. One hour later, we arrive at Pisa Centrale and what do we do? Stop at McDonald’s for cheeseburgers and fries. I guess we were hungry for something from home, even if it was craptastic fast food.
After a quick lunch at a local cafe, we made the “arduous” climb of the Tower, although I was actually disappointed that it wasn’t more difficult. I was expecting a real workout to help me negate some of the gelato and pasta I’ve been scarfing down. Ah, well …
The view from the top of the Tower was breathtaking – a 360° view of Pisa and surroundings. After climbing down the tower, we took a well-deserved gelato break and talked about coming back to Tuscany, as the scenery we saw on the train was amazing.
Back in Florence, we walked around the open air market near Mercato Centrale and bought some souvenirs. After our market tour, we bought some pasta takeout and headed to our room for a quick dinner and packing up for our trip to Rome. Can’t wait to see the Eternal City!