Apr 8, 2022
When I finally convinced my best friend to come with me and we booked a hotel room in Florence I couldn’t quite believe it! Naturally, before landing at Pisa airport we had made an itinerary list for all that was worth seeing; however as usual there were still many questions left unanswered. How could one see everything when traveling alone? What are some good sites/places near here where tourists might visit while visiting this historic city -with its prestigious medieval center lined up side by side next door.
We spent our first day in Florence strolling around the city center and taking everything that was before us. I literally burst into happy tears when I saw Brunelleschi's dome jutting out from all of these old stone buildings; it really is like an architectural masterpiece! Later on, as we were walking back to the hotel after dinner at one local restaurant recommended by locals (of course this time) – there just happened to be another surprise waiting: One Day Trip From Florence To Siena And Other Beautiful Tuscan Towns which sounded perfect if you ask me because who doesn't love being able to explore more than your own backyard? So off we went without hesitation…
After a few days in Florence, we were up very early to make our way toward the meeting point for this tour. We got on board and began an adventure!
We spent the day in Pisa, Italy. My favorite place to visit was a church that looks like it's straight out of Hogwarts with its spiral staircase and beautiful stained glass windows--the Cathedral di Santa Maria del Fiore. We also went inside la Camposanto (cemetery) where there are many sculptures on display including one depicting an angel holding an hourglass while telling time; I had seen pictures online so wanted to see if those really did justice in actual size! We had a refreshing drink outside of one of the many cafes lining this beautiful city's streets. As I was drinking my lemonade, it became clear that there is more to tourism in Tuscany than just its magnificent piazza but you know...we were not lucky enough to see everything for the sake of time!
We left Pisa and headed to a small family-owned vineyard located in the scenic countryside near San Gimignano. There, after lunch with full bellies from their excellent food (which I highly recommend), we explored this picturesque town that is famous for its hilltop medieval castle overlooking olive groves below as well being home to many other Renaissance masterpieces like flourishing frescoes hallways inside palaces converted into hotels or museums dedicated entirely respectively artifacts. We had a wonderful time in San Gimignano, exploring its medieval towers and strolling through the small cobblestoned streets of this charming town. We are proud that we managed to find our way back after we left the group tho! It's so beautiful there are plenty of things for tourists like us who want something more than just Florence or Rome - you won't be disappointed if your itinerary includes a stop at either Siena (my favorite)or Pisa on a route towards Tuscany’s largest city Lucca.
Is there anything you can’t love about a city that was founded by the famous Roman Emperor Augustus? Siena is known for its rich history and architectural beauty. We had an amazing time on our walking tour with this nice tour guide, who revealed all of Sienese secrets during our informative visit through town! We admired the Public Palace with its14th-century tower and stood in front of us. It had come to represent everything that we wanted for our own country as it was so beautifully designed with its mix of Italian Gothic architecture styles like French Romanesque colonnades or classical Roman pillars at entranceways into buildings back then before they were redesigned by someone else! We walked next door over there from where you can see part – but not all--of Siena Cathedral’s stunning façade lined up side The church was even more beautiful than we initially expected; after marveling at all of the frescoes and decorations, our tour guide led us on a free time to explore before getting back for an appointment. I decided that walking through town would be my next destination while my friend planned her route around another section in hopes it would give her some ideas about what place might work best as well!
The way back to Florence was a long and tiring journey, but we were finally there. As soon as our feet touched Florentine soil though it felt like all of that hard work had been worth every second because everywhere you look in this city is gorgeous! We went for dinner at Osteria Santo Spirito which has become one if not THE favorite place among tourists who come here on vacation or business trips alike-it's located right outside Pisa airport so everyone can enjoy some good food while taking advantage of their last few hours before returning home.