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A visit to Tuscany!

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An October 2008 trip to Tuscany by dangaroo

Pisa 20 Photo, Pisa, Italy More Photos
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A Backdoor Man!

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Siena Mobilita is the public transport run in Siena and the Siena part in Tuscany, whilst Siena is a relatively tiny place and only the really unfit or perhaps less able or disabled would need to use public transport to get from the train station to the city itself, it comes in handy for little trips to nearby places such as the tourist pulling tower town - San Gimignano.We made use of the bus service to San Gimignano, I thought that the price was quite dear for the rather small journey, especially when compared to the reasonable price of trains in the country. The buses were clean and fairly modern and the passengers were mostly tourists, there didn't seem to be too many locals using the ...Read More

Crazy Little Building!

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Pisa 20 Photo, Pisa, Italy
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Torre Pendente or The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the world's most famous sights, I've been there twice - once as a child and once more recently - I have to say, I seemed to remember it being at more of an angle the first time round! I can't claim to have climbed up it, as I didn't feel the queue or the entrance fee was worth it but despite the huge amount of tourists visiting it and the plethora of kitsch market stalls, I still think that it is a must place to visit.The question on everyone's lips is how did it end up at such a dodgy angle... well the statue was flawed from the beginning as it was built on soft ground, noticeable by the time they got to the 3rd floor, fortunately the ...Read More
Pisa 3 Photo, Pisa, Italy
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Borgo Stretto is in the Santa Maria quarter of Pisa, it seems that the coach excursions visiting The Tower of Pisa just seem to drop people off at the Piazza del Duomo and ignore the city itself, obviously Pisa being in Tuscany still means that it gets plenty of interest from tourists but i didn't realise that Pisa would be so cute.One of the most impressive sections for me, on a rather wet day was Borgo Stretto, a road which traditionally linked to bridges and crossed the city from north to south. Initially a place for artisans and their workshops, arcades were built to protect the vendors and their stock from the weather (as was evident on this day, only in this case by African blokes se...Read More

A Lot of Palazzos!

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Pisa 12 Photo, Pisa, Italy
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Palazzio dei Cavalieri translated into English as Knight's Sqare is a beautiful square in Pisa, one which had great importance during the medieval times and even today is the 2nd square in the city. When I visited it, I thought it was quite quiet, neither too far from Borgo Stretto or The Leaning Tower of Pisa, it is not located in a straight line from it but it is more or less in between the two.Several majestic looking buildings, all with rather different shapes and designs look at you from different angles of this wonderful cobbled square. The buildings have been built in a renaissance style and I think that my favourite is the Palazzo dell'Orollogio because I'm quite partial to an arch...Read More
Pisa 19 Photo, Pisa, Italy
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The Piazza dei Miracoli also known as the Piazza del Duomo is a large area in Pisa that is the main destination for tourists. Bang in the centre but a little distance from the shopping area, the Piazza dei Miracoli is a tourist laden square just within the city walls, it constitutes of about 60% of the main sights of Pisa, so it is no wonder that there are coach parties a plenty here!Apart from the wall, the numerous market stalls selling tat and the rather wide street brimming with tourists, the square consists of the medieval Cathedral (Duomo) which was started in the late part of the 11th century, it is almost on top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa with just a few metres seperating them, t...Read More

A Basic but Reliable Little Airport

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Bologna airport is actually one of my favourites in Italy - for me, it's the gateway to Northern Italy. There is little in the way of shops at Bologna airport, so don't expect to do your shopping there but it's simple and fast and I seem to find myself out on the bus heading to the center in seconds. The airport is just a few kilometres from the city centre and the bus is 5 euros to take you to the train station, which considering the short distance is probably too steep.Bologna train station is well connected to Milan, Florence and Venice as well as the south of the country too, so it is a good place to either arrive or to base yourself. The airport's full name is Guglielmo Marconi Airpor...Read More

Luna Rossa Hostel

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Luna Rossa Hostel is located close to the main train station in Florence. The price and reviews of the place was reasonable, so I decided to stay their though I have to admit I thought it may be a bit dubious and noisy being located close to the train station, an area which in most cities is usually inhabited by drug addicts, prostitutes, homeless people and other the like. Fortunately this wasn't the case in Florence, after leaving the station, you are more or less in the old town all ready. Taking this into account, I was very happy with the location of the hostel because it made transportation to nearby towns Pisa, Siena, Lucca, Bologna etc - all that much more easier and saved time.The...Read More

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Luna Rossa Hostel
Via Nazionale, 7
Florence, Italy 50123