Pisa, Italy

It was time to leave Chianti and head to the next stop on our journey, Rapallo, the largest of the five villages of Cinque Terre on the coast. I planned our route so we could stop off in Pisa on the way and see the famous Leaning Tower or “Torre pendente di Pisa” (so you know what signs you’re looking for when you get in the city).

Once again, the lack of good maps and gps led us astray and we lost 45 minutes to an hour going in wrong directions. We finally made it into the city and started following the numerous signs to the “torre”.

We had heard about the parking nightmare near the tower, and the fines and towing of vehicles parked in wrong spots, so we were leery of staying long. We happened upon a prime spot just three blocks from the tower where a person was leaving. It seemed to be a legal spot, but didn’t really have signage to tell you. So, we took a chance and decided to make a quick trip and hope our car was still there when we returned.

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IMG_4270I was thrilled that the streets leading up to the tower were lined with antique vendors! What luck! There was a variety of wares from fine furniture to fashion to ancient household goods. I had to move fast so didn’t get to linger long and enjoy it.

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IMG_4291Sadly, we didn’t feel we had time to eat and enjoy the atmosphere.

IMG_4293In a historical novel I read a while back, the buildings of Pisa were described like “wedding cakes” and I think that is the perfect comparison.

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IMG_4302Of course we had to do the silly tourist pose…

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IMG_4323You can climb the stairs to the top and I’m sure there is quite a view. We decided no steps for us, and headed back to the car.

IMG_4324 I took a bit more time to snap shots of the dealers along the way. I loved the vintage textiles and fashion.

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IMG_4335Outside town, the view back across the fields shows the Tower leaning in the distance. We were blessed with blue skies for the 30-45 minutes we were there, because the clouds moved in as soon as we got back on the road.

IMG_4338Italian motorcyclist hunter with gun slung across his back.

IMG_4339From here, we’re headed north up the coast to Rapallo. Be sure and keep coins handy in the car for the numerous tolls!

IMG_4341We’re going towards Genova (Genoa)

IMG_4342And the clouds lowered ominously…the famous Carrera marble yards.

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IMG_4360Those are containers for transport on huge container ships

IMG_4368The villages and houses cling to the mountainsides and as we went along, we began to travel through tunnel after tunnel. I can’t imagine how long it took for travelers to go by land before they built the highway tunnels!

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Next stop, Rapallo!

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