Central Italy A - Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Sienna.
We arrived in Pisa at midday and decided to walk into the centre. Very glad that we did as we were told that the centre would be closed on the following day because of the height of the river and the forecast of more rain. It was busier than we expected in November so hate to think what it must be like during the Summer.
Lucca is known for its medieval city walls that still encircle its historic city center and cobblestone streets. You can walk along the top of the wall all the way around the city - about 4km.
The city walls were built in the 16th & 17th centuries. The architect was Leonardo Da Vinci.
The tree lined path along the top of the wall is popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists.
This is one of the entrance gates through the wall into the city.
We managed to find a sunny spot for a coffee and sandwich in one of the piazzas.
We spent a day wandering around Florence. The famous Ponte Vecchio (bridge) over the River Arno has shops along most of its length.
Shops along the Ponte Vecchio.
One of many piazzas.
Lots of narrow streets.
We spent a day in Siena, parking on the outskirts and walking up lots of steps to get to the old town. The Piazza del Campo is turned into a racetrack twice a year and is where the famous bareback, lawless, medieval-style horse races take place.
Piazza del Campo
The fountain in the Piazza del Campo