Saturday, October 18, 2014
The city of Pisa is not too exciting. Crowded with tourists and not really picturesque.
The Campo dei Miracoli, Field of Miracles, is what we have come to see.
After buying tickets for a specific entry time, we are allowed into the tower for a somewhat guided tour. The guide is more for crowd control than anything. The guide does give a short introduction and history of the tower and then frees the group of 30 to climb.
There is some screening to keep people from falling out, but safety is not the real focus here.
The views from the top are great. The view from the leaning side is not so fun if you are like me and don’t like overhanging high places.
The climb was not so bad. Going down was much harder on my knees. There are no hand rails and I had to use my legs to lower myself each of the over 300 steps.
Friday, October 17, 2014
It’s a small village outside of Lucca, about 6 miles. We flew into Pisa and rented a car and drove to the farm. Our rental car is very small, a Lancia, and works great on the narrow switch back roads. The day we arrived, we had a dinner in our apartment. Our landlady provided us with dry pasta, a sauce, a bottle of wine, and enough necessities to get us through the first night. After dinner, we went to bed and slept for 14 hours without waking.
The other guest at the farm are from Australia. It turned out to be a wonderful night of sharing and getting acquainted, all the while learning how to make gnocci, bruschetta, and tarimusu. What a great introduction to Italy.