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November 2019 to February 2020. Italy, Sicily and Sardinia.

1. Central Italy A. Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Sienna.

1. Pisa

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.

Most people seemed to think it necessary to take a 'selfie' with the Tower in the background or a photo of them ''holding up' the Tower!

 

A Roman aqueduct in Pisa.

The River Arno. We managed to get onto a bridge to take a photo just before they shut it.


2. Lucca.

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.

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

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

We managed to find a sunny spot for a coffee and sandwich in on of the piazzas.


3. Florence

We spent a day wandering around Florence.

The famous Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno which has shops along most of its length.

Walking across the Ponte Vecchio.

We wandered along narrow streets which were mostly quiet.

Florence cathedral - difficult to get a decent photo.

 


 


4 Siena

We spent a day in Siena, parking on the outskirts and going up lots of steps to get to the old town. As we drove away at the end of the day we had this view of the town.

The piazza del Campo. The piazza is turned into a racetrack twice a year and is where the famous bareback, lawless, medieval-style horse races take place.

Siena Cathedral.

According to legend Siena was founded by Senius, son of Remus (brother of Romulus). There are several statues depicting Romulus, Remus and the wolf which brought them up in the town.

The well in front of the Palazzo Chigi Saracini.

 

1. Central Italy A. Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Sienna.

2. Central Italy B. Lake Trasimino, Numana, Rome.

3. Central Italy C. West Coast, Vesuvius, Herculanium and Pompeii.

4. Southern Italy. Matera, SE Coast, Gallipoli, South Coast.

5. Sicily. Sant' Alessio, Naxos, Mount Etna, Taormina, Siracusa, Ortigia and Piana Calzata.

6. Sardinia. Cagliari, SW region, Gira Plateau, Santu Antine and Alghero.

7. Spain. Travelling from Barcelona to Bilbao.

 

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A free camper stop (including electric) at Sinalunga, to the south of Siena.