River Arno, Pisa

Day 4. Pisa’s hidden gems

Our final day in Pisa and an opportunity to explore some of the city's less well known sights.  Our first stop of the day was the University of Pisa Botanical Gardens (Orto botanico di Pisa) nestled on the street behind its more famous neighbour, the Leaning Tower.  Admission to the gardens and botanical museum is …

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Leaning tower of Pisa

Day 3. Livorno & Pisa

We were up bright and early and after enjoying our second socially distanced breakfast in the hotel's restaurant we were ready to go.  Our original plan for the day was to take the train to Lucca but on discovering that replacement buses were operating on the route with a reduced timetable, we decided to change …

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View over Florence

Day 2. A day in Florence

After a good night's sleep we took the lift downstairs to discover what a post COVID-19 breakfast would be like.  At check-in we'd been informed that breakfast would take place in the restaurant as usual so we headed in there to find out what was on offer. To our relief, the buffet breakfast that we …

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Pisa riverside

Day 1. A weekend in Pisa

If I had a spring in my step a few weeks ago as I boarded my first long distance train for over four months, I was even more excited at the prospect of taking to the skies again.  As soon as travel restrictions had been lifted, we searched for flights and decided that a weekend …

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