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Europe Travel Plans - Pisa

Day 3, 29 March 2011

My travel plan map click here

Will start today's trip by bus, start from Marino (last stop) to Pisa. Google says, it will take about 3 - 4 hrs (nearly 400km). Hope there will be beautiful sceneries along the trip :)

Pisa ( /ˈpiːzə/; Italian pronunciation: [ˈpiːza] ) is a city in Tuscany, Central Italy, on the right bank of the mouth of the River Arno on the Ligurian Sea. It is the capital city of the Province of Pisa. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its Leaning Tower (the bell tower of the city's cathedral), the city of over 87,500 residents contains more than 20 other historic churches, several palaces and various bridges across the River Arno. The city is also home of the University of Pisa, which has a history going back to the 12th century.

Pisa weather click here

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa
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The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italian: Torre pendente di Pisa) or simply the Tower of Pisa (Torre di Pisa) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa. It is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa's Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) after the Cathedral and the Baptistry.
The height of the tower is 55.86 m (183.27 ft) from the ground on the low side and 56.70 m (186.02 ft) on the high side. The width of the walls at the base is 4.09 m (13.42 ft) and at the top 2.48 m (8.14 ft). Its weight is estimated at 14,500 metric tons (16,000 short tons). The tower has 296 or 294 steps; the seventh floor has two fewer steps on the north-facing staircase. Prior to restoration work performed between 1990 and 2001, the tower leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees, but the tower now leans at about 3.99 degrees. This means that the top of the tower is displaced horizontally 3.9 metres (12 ft 10 in) from where it would be if the structure were perfectly vertical.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa photos click here
Internet Wifi connection locations near The Leaning Tower of Pisa based on proximity click here

From Pisa, the trip will continue to Florence. (about 110 km, more than 2 hours)
Florence (Italian: Firenze [fiˈrɛntse], alternate obsolete spelling: Fiorenza; Latin: Florentia) is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with 367,569 inhabitants (1,500,000 in the metropolitan area).
The city lies on the River Arno and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance; it has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. A turbulent political history included periods of rule by the powerful Medici family, religious and republican revolution. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Florence is often known as the "Jewel of the Renaissance".

Florence weather click here
Florence photos click here

In Florence, today's trip will stop at Art Hotel Miro http://www.activehotels.com says that Wireless Internet Hotspot is available in the entire hotel and costs EUR 5 per 24 hours. :(
Review about the hotel click here

Usefull link:
http://www.wikipedia.org
http://www.about.com
http://www.italyguides.it
http://www.sacred-destinations.com/
http://www.virtualtourist.com/
http://id.tixik.com/

Posted by AlexSantosa 08:35 Archived in Italy Tagged tower travel photo bus italy pisa map florence firenze cathedral weather trip internet wifi touscany leaning_tower torre_pendete_di_pisa torre_di_pisa piazza_del_duomo jewel_of_the_renaissance rnaissance art_hotel_miro

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