PISA – DAY TWO – pt 2

The Camposanto is Pisa’s Monumental Cemetery.  Some say that it is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world.  I would have to agree.  There is a sense of peacefulness and tranquility that takes over, once you enter this space.  It is basically a cloister, with most of the tombs built into the walkway….

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PISA – DAY TWO – pt 1

There is nothing I like better than waking up in a beautiful place, knowing that I have a day of adventure ahead of me!  On my second day in Pisa, I planned to explore some more of the city, and take in it’s main attractions – the leaning tower, and the Campo dei Miracoli. Since…

PISA – DAY ONE – pt 2

Making my way back to the waterfront, I noticed a photo exhibit that looked interesting, and decided to check it out.   It was a very powerful show of photographs of prisoners in jails around Pisa.  The exhibit was held in a space overlooking the Loggia dei banchi and I found both the show itself,…

PISA – DAY ONE – pt 1

This was my third visit to this beautiful Italian city.  Arriving on a Sunday, I chose to spend the day exploring a bit, having made reservations in advance for the tower for the following day. (more on that later). I booked a room at the lovely Relais Centro Storico Residenza di Epoca, which is located…

GENOVA – Day Two – pt 2

We were unable to actually visit the church of Sant. Antonio di Padova, as there was a wedding there, and the guests were all arriving. Once the guests had gone inside, the groom was left out, waiting for his bride. Not being invited to the wedding, I decided to sight-see instead!  I quickly joined the…

GENOVA – Day two – pt 1

I had two definite destinations in mind for my second day in Genova.  The first was the Chiesa di S. Agostino and it’s adjoining Museo di scultura e Architettura Ligure, or the Sant Agostino Museum.  It is in this complex that the Holy Grail now lives. Right outside of the museum complex is a small…

GENOVA – DAY ONE – part two

Let your instincts guide you.  Walk without a map.  Be daring! These kind of streets are a good reason to get in lots of cardio exercise at your local gym, before traveling.  They can be quite a workout when you spend a day walking them. Piazza Banchi is where you will find the beautiful church…

GENOVA – DAY ONE – part one

I love this city! There, that’s said and done with!  But, it’s true.  In my opinion, Genova has it all!  Rich in history, it’s also home to incredible art, the birthplace of such culinary delights as pesto and, of course, Genova salami – not to mention the delicious farinata, and has enough winding alleyways, and…