Monday, September 17, 2012

Under the Tuscan sun


We kicked off our two Tuscan days in Pisa, discovering the stunning leaning tower (you can see it peeking behind the cathedral). It may be one of the most impressive things I've ever witnessed. I confess, I wasn't brave enough to climb the stairs to the top of the tower, but I guess it must be an unforgettable experience!


Trying to push the tower back into straight position...didn't work :)


Florence's biggest basilic (Santa Maria del Fiore) with its famous Il Duomo. I was quite shocked and disappointed to discover that apart from this basilic, all the Florentine churches have paid entries. I've never encountered this before and it was very disappointing. Especially, when the Florentine churches, compared to all the beautifully ornamented (and free) Roman ones, are characteristic by their very austere decoration.

The original Dante and his modern-day impersonation declaiming verses from the Divine Comedy.


The best gelato.


Michelangelo's David in front of the Palazzo Vecchi. This is just the copy, the real deal is inside, in one of the galleries, protected from the weather, pigeons and curious tourists alike.


Chocolate heaven: Lindt store in Florence, where I was literally like a small kid in Disneyland. Awesome!


If I wasn't absolutely scared of motorbikes, I could imagine myself riding throung Italian streets on this beauty.

25 comments:

  1. Lovely photos Ivana! You look so happy, I believe that you've enjoyed your holidays a lot :)

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  2. You look beautiful..glad you had a fun time :) x

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  3. That is quite disappointing about having paid entries to the churches. :-( Beautiful pictures though!!

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  4. I didn't go to Pisa, will have to next time.
    I loved Florence! It was quite different to what I had expected though, I ignorantly thought it was a small Tuscan village not the big city it really is!

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  5. love the photos!!! looks like you had a fabulous time!

    xo amy
    Leopard and Lillies

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  6. Love the photos!!! It seems you enjoyed your trip. It reminded me my last visit which was loaded with historical places, museums, shopping and off-course food:)
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  7. Hahaha the photo of you with the Leaning Tower of Pisa is brilliant! :-D

    The architecture looks absolutely stunning and where can I sign up for 'all you can eat' access to that Lindt store!? Yum!

    Em
    x

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  8. Again, really nice pictures, you look so cute :)

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  9. It looks like a wonderful time! I'm jealous of all the beauty you got to see!

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  10. so much fun! I ant wait to visit there next spring!

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  11. Love you trying to straighten out the tower! LOL! I'm not sure what I Love more that or the double fisting ice cream. That's my style! PS - Joe has an apron with David on it... Mortifying. lol

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  12. Thanks for sharing amazing pictures of your delightful vacay!!!!

    REBECCA
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  13. So your hols have finally arrived. It looks like you are having a fab time in the gorgeous Italian sun.
    Have a lovely time Angel xx

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  14. What a wonderful post and your photos are stunning. I especially love the one with you and the Tower and the Lindt chocs (I'm addicted to the red ones!) Cute scooter too.
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  15. haha ivana! you never think it's leaning that much, but it IS! love your snapshot of trying to push it back in place. great photos of the street performers and what a cute scooter! fabulous girl! have a great week!
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  16. Love your photos, the candied and ice cream look devine. I'm also shocked that there are entry fees to the churchs, good to know if I ever get the chance to visit.

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  17. Great photos! I will be there in October so it's really good to get a preview of what I can expect. Hope you'll post some more.

    LUXESSED

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  18. Looks amazing! This is going on my list of must visit places now :) great pictures!

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  19. just found your amazing blog! looks like u r having a blast! totally love these pics! new follower :)

    XO Meghan
    citrusrefreshingfashion.blogspot.com

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  20. Tuscany is a great country, I remember the times I go there Im always delighted by the food^^ beautiful photos Ivana, love the ones with u and the ice cream! xoxo

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  21. That gelato looks so good!

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  22. You have such a fabulous life. Sigh. I love all these photos. I wish I could ride that floral scooter too. Lol. :)

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  23. Everything looks amazing! Thank you for sharing your travels!!

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  24. Really enjoyed this post! Felt like I took a vacation with you! Hope you are well, safe, and having a grand time!

    -NIco

    www.SatinandSalt.com

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  25. the second photo is SO cool! a classic tourist photo, yes but I still love it :)
    and the ice cream.. I'm pretty much blown away. I WANT IT!! :P
    all in all your trip looks like a perfect one and I would love to experience the same things when I can! though I also don't like paid entries, especially the super expensive ones. we experienced those in Prague and just decided not to go in most cases.

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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