“La Vita e un viaggio, chi viaggia vive due volte”
What better way to spend the summer by doing a road trip in a foreign land. This would be our 3rd time doing a week long road trip and more to come as we’re making it our summer tradition! This year we decided to go on an Italian roadtrip because it’s always the ideal season to sample the delights of the Italian gems.
I will break this journey into a few parts because I want to share amazing pictures with everyone and I don’t want to overwhelm my post with everything and making it very long.
We started off this trip by flying out from Oslo to Pisa. Our plan was to explore the Tuscany region, so we’ve planned out cities that we wanted to see. I’ve always wanted to go to Pisa because it’s no secret everyone wants to go there for that iconic photo in front of the world-famous leaning tower of Pisa. I have to admit, sometimes I do love tourist traps. I’ll always make sure seeing world-famous landmarks kind of the point of leaving home and making my hours long travel worthwhile.
This small quaint city has much more to offer than just the leaning tower. Every corner in this city is very picturesque or how the millennials call it “instagrammable“.
It’s easy to walk around this city because of its size. Our first stop obviously had to be the restaurant because we couldn’t wait to indulge in our first Italian food. My first meal was risotto, at 9 in the morning because, why not?
We then checked into our hotel and freshened up, walked through Borgo Stretto – the shopping street, also home to many notable historical buildings.
We walked through the busy street and made our way to the famous trio landmarks – the Square of Miracles. It’s one of the most significant mediaeval art, architectural and historical places in Tuscany and in the world.
The Square of Miracles in Pisa is one of Italy’s and Europe’s most beautiful places. Next to the dome there lies the cathedral’s museum, and the cemetery (Camposanto).
Having pizza on our first night in Italy seemed like a good idea, so we found a place from Tripadvisor and tried one of the best pizza in Pisa at a place called Pizzeria Il Montino. It didn’t disappoint.
Buildings in Italy are always to die for, so it’s really worth it to spend a couple of days in Pisa alone to take in the architecture, although it is also known for its architecture that went wrong.
Once away from the tower, we also got a real taste of the other part of Pisa – of business and academia. A facelift has added a welcoming, stone-flagged pedestrian route from the cathedral. It passes through what was the constitutional heart of medieval Pisa, Piazza dei Cavalieri – a wide, elegant space dominated by Palazzo della Carovana in Knights’ Square, extravagantly decorated by Giorgio Vasari and now home to the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy’s top university.
In addition, Pisa is a very young, dynamic and animated city. Worth exploring and perfect for a one day excursion. Pisa is also a handy base for exploring more of Tuscany. With its close proximity, Florence is the obvious choice, which we also visited later during our trip.
Yes of course the Leaning Tower is arresting – even more so in person than in pictures. But the medieval city also boasts an 11th-century Duomo chock-full of gorgeous art, the elaborate Baptistery, and beautiful palaces.
Things to do:
- Leaning Tower of Pisa: The famous tower
- Pisa Cathedral: A notable example of Romanesque architecture
- Pisa Baptistery: Dedicated to St John, the walls display artworks depicting various stages of St. John’s life
- Ponte Di Mezzo: View of Arno river
Where to stay:
- Lauri Loft: €153 for 2 nights
Where to eat:
- Pizzeria Il Montino: For good local pizza
- Il Peperoncino: Good food (I tried risotto)
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