The Beauty of Tuscany: Pisa & Florence


One of Italy’s most known architectural structures is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. “It really leans!!!” It is a freestanding bell tower that is tilted to one side because the foundation on ground on one side was too soft to support its own weight.

This campanile is part of the Piazza dei Miracoli otherwise known as Piazza del Duomo, where there are four great religious structures – the Duomo, the Baptistery, the Campanile (Leaning Tower) and the Camposanto Monumentale.


FLORENCE:  As soon as I arrived in Florence, I knew there was something unique about this city. Everything clicked – it was love at first sight. Florence is a beautiful city in Tuscany. It has gorgeous alleys and squares and the best gelato I had tasted!

From basilicas and palaces to squares and statues, the city is overflowing with masterpieces in the styles of the Renaissance, Gothic, and Neo-Classical periods. Lucky, I was prepared to have a sore neck after a day out from my head constantly twisting from side to side.

27VAL_0662 59VAL_0715 63VAL_0721 64VAL_0723 65VAL_0725Florence is a captivating city, with narrow winding medieval alleys that somehow always seem to lead to the Duomo or the Santa Maria dei Fiori, the most iconic building in Florence.


One of my favorites was Ponte Vecchio, a bridge unlike anything I’ve ever seen before – shops are built along both sides of the medieval stone bridge, many with an extension so that the shops hang over the river.

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