Pisa – Fourth Time is the Charm! – Day 1 – Part 1

This was my fourth visit to the lovely city of Pisa.  Now, I know that there are some people out there who would think: Why return so often?  The reason is that this is a city filled with treasures!  There are museums, churches, lovely neighborhoods to stroll around, parks, all possible to visit on foot,…

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Florence – The Birthplace of the Renaissance – Day 3 – Part 4

We became fans of a television show, on Netflix, called “Somebody Feed Phil.”  On one of the episodes, which focused on Florence, they spotlighted the Vivoli Gelateria.  The gelato looked so good, when we saw the episode, that we made a point of hunting the place out.  It was fairly easy to find, located only…

Florence – The Birthplace of the Renaissance – Day 3 – Part 3

You next make your way to the hall that is dominated by the large statue at the far end, Michelangelo’s masterpiece, “David.”  As you walk towards one of the world’s most famous statues, you may not realize it, but you are passing by some of the master’s other famous works, his Slaves.   These are a…

Florence – The Birthplace of the Renaissance – Day 3 – Part 2

Florence, like most Italian cities and towns, is a wonderful mix of old and new.  Creativity and art surround you as you walk the city’s streets.  The shopping isn’t bad either! We passed a poster advertising “The Florence Experiment” — a temporary exhibit in the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi.  We peeked into the courtyard, just…