A day trip to Pisa was the plan for Day 5. We left the villa mid-morning and arrived in Pisa by taking the Fi-Pi-Li, a major highway that runs from Firenze to Pisa to Livorno. The Fi-Pi-Li played a major part in most of our travels in Tuscany.
Driving in Pisa is an experience that you won’t soon forget. As M Gordon Smith states in his blog “Travel Across Italy”
… a number of the widest and loveliest streets in Pisa are now pedestrian only. This makes driving in the city nearly impossible, particularly in light of the many (MANY) cameras which photograph violators of the city’s control vehicles entering the historic center. … You need not risk the Euro 120.00 per violation ticket in Pisa.
We finally found a parking garage near the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II. Here is the statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of a unified Italy. From there we walked to the Piazza dei Miracoli or Square of Miracles where the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Duomo (Cathedral) of Pisa, the Baptistery, and the Camposanto Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery) are located. Here are some photos I took along the way:
We saw the local letter carrier on her route and
the guards of the bridge that crosses the Arno River.
As we got closer we could see the Duomo of Pisa, and then the Leaning Tower of Pisa, through the trees. It was quite overwhelming to see them in person.
The Pisa Baptistry.
I had to stitch together a number of photographs into a vertical panorama to get a shot of the whole tower. If you would like to see another view, go to https://candylhill.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/pisa-tower/