Italy, Sicily and Sardinia.  November 2019 to February 2020

   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.

Pisa - leaning tower and cathedral.


Pisa cathedral.


A Roman aquaduct.


The rIver Arno.



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.

Lucca city walls.

 The city walls were built in the 16th & 17th centuries. The architect was Leonardo Da Vinci.

Walking along the top of the wall.

The tree lined path along the top of the wall is popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists.

One of the entrances to the city.

This is one of the entrance gates through the wall into the city.

Coffee in a Piazza.

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.

Florence - Ponte Vecchio

Shops along the Ponte Vecchio.

Shops along the Ponte Vecchio.

One of many piazzas.

One of many piazzas.

The Cathedral.

The Cathedral.

Wandering along narrow streets.

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.



Sienna cathedral

The cathedral

Sienna, Piazza del Campo

  Piazza del Campo

fountain,  Piazza del Campo

 The fountain in the Piazza del Campo