ShawnLiv Central Europe Travel – Day 3

My Central Europe Travel

Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, France
Day 3 : Pisa – Florence (08 Dec 2015)
After breakfast, start our bus journey to Pisa, a city in Tuscany, Central Italy. It famous for its Leaning Tower

The Leaning Tower
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most remarkable architectural structures from medieval Europe.

The Square of Miracles; Tower of Pisa stands at 60 metres and until 1990 was leaning at about a 10 degree angle.

With the final modifications to the tower made in the early 21 st century, the entire process took over 800 years. During this time it witness two great wars, civil war, change in religious governments, and a change in use. It was “completed” in 1350 (over 200 years after its initial construction), but has undergone constant additions and modifications since that date.

Lunch at Burger King

After lunch, continue the journey to renaissance beauty Florence.

Midway Shopping (shopping, wine/food tasting and toilet break)day2_010
Few hours later, we reached Florence. First visit stop “ Santa Maria Novella”. In short, Santa Maria Novella is a church in Florence, Italy, situated just across from the main railway station which shares its name. Chronologically, it is the first great basilica in Florence, and is the city’s principal Dominican church.

The Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross) which is the principal Franciscan church in Florence and the largest Franciscan church in the world. Here, pay a visit to St John’s Baptistry and sculptures at Piazza della Signoria , the charming Ponte Vecchio bridge.
This plaque is actually a high water mark of the disastrous 1966 Flood of the Arno River. It is considered the worst flood in the city’s history since 1557.

Basilica Santa Croce during the 1966 flood in Florence.

Next stop, Piazza della Signoria.

Piazza della Signoria ; David (Michelangelo) A replica was placed in the Piazza della Signoria in 1910 ; Perseus with the Head of Medusa, under Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence.Piazza del Duomo is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence. It is one of the most visited places in Europe and the world.

The Baptistery of Florence was consecrated in 1059 and was named after St. John the Baptist (San Giovanni Battista), the patron saint of Florence.
The Gates of Paradise received their name by Michelangelo who is believed to have exclaimed: “they are so beautiful that they would be perfect for the gates of paradise”. The construction of the building began around the fourth century on the ruins of a Roman house. The structure was rebuilt several times, and was then consecrated on November 6, 1059 by Pope Nicholas II, born Gérard de Bourgogne.

Next, enjoy a relaxing Tuscan dinner with wine in the evening.
After dinner, checked into Novotel Hotel

End of Day 3

The Links
ShawnLiv Central Europe Travel – Day 1 & 2
ShawnLiv Central Europe Travel – Day 3
ShawnLiv Central Europe Travel – Day 4
ShawnLiv Central Europe Travel – Day 5
ShawnLiv Central Europe Travel – Day 6
ShawnLiv Central Europe Travel – Day 7
ShawnLiv Central Europe Travel – Day 8
ShawnLiv Central Europe Travel – Day 9
ShawnLiv Central Europe Travel – Day 10
ShawnLiv Central Europe Travel – Day 11 & 12

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