Piazza dei Cavalieri

Piazza dei Cavalieri

The pain of leaving the Italian coast was dulled a little bit by the thought that we were going to Tuscany. An area of no small fame and beauty. Pisa is close to the coast but not that close and it looks like Livorno takes most of the sea traffic from this area.

Most of stories I've heard about Pisa involve people having about a half an hours stop in between trains, sprinting the distance to the tower, taking the obligatory holding-up-the-tower-shot and then racing back. We were driving so we had a bit more time and were able to casually stroll to the city's most famous landmark. Not having a map, but finding the train station, I knew that the tower was fairly close.

There wasn't a single sign that pointed to the tower in the entire town.

We headed in what turned out to be the right direction but did have to eventually ask. We were only two or three blocks away, but the buildings are so close together that it was impossible to see the tower. It gave us a bit of a chance to look around but the heat was a little oppressive. Notice how the carriage is in the shade?

By accident, or by ancient design of of the city, we passed through the Piazza dei Cavalieri which was the original heart of the city. I guess at times there are public markets there but we showed up during what must have been siesta because most businesses in town were closed until the late afternoon and then would stay open until eight in the evening.

Interesting business plan you've got there.

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Camera: NIKON D80
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Focal Length: 34 mm
35mm Focal Length: 51 mm
Exposure: 1/125 sec
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Views: 2118
Taken: 2009-05-23 11:43:42
Posted: 2009-07-28 | 17:12





Piazza dei Cavalieri

Piazza dei Cavalieri

The pain of leaving the Italian coast was dulled a little bit by the thought that we were going to Tuscany. An area of no small fame and beauty. Pisa is close to the coast but not that close and it looks like Livorno takes most of the sea traffic from this area.

Most of stories I've heard about Pisa involve people having about a half an hours stop in between trains, sprinting the distance to the tower, taking the obligatory holding-up-the-tower-shot and then racing back. We were driving so we had a bit more time and were able to casually stroll to the city's most famous landmark. Not having a map, but finding the train station, I knew that the tower was fairly close.

There wasn't a single sign that pointed to the tower in the entire town.

We headed in what turned out to be the right direction but did have to eventually ask. We were only two or three blocks away, but the buildings are so close together that it was impossible to see the tower. It gave us a bit of a chance to look around but the heat was a little oppressive. Notice how the carriage is in the shade?

By accident, or by ancient design of of the city, we passed through the Piazza dei Cavalieri which was the original heart of the city. I guess at times there are public markets there but we showed up during what must have been siesta because most businesses in town were closed until the late afternoon and then would stay open until eight in the evening.

Interesting business plan you've got there.

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Camera: NIKON D80
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 34 mm
35mm Focal Length: 51 mm
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 400
Views: 2118
Taken: 2009-05-23 11:43:42
Posted: 2009-07-28 | 17:12