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Europe » Italy » Tuscany February 11th 2021

I believe very strongly that good weather plays a major role in achieving good health, and as the winter roars on here in Italy, and the nights get shorter and the days get longer I feel healthier and healthier. The pandemic is still a concern for me but as I enjoy the nice climate accompanied by high quality food, somehow it forces the pandemic far back into the background of my mind and thrusts the many opportunities of outdoor life (such as cycling, outdoor gyms, photography, looking out to sea) into sharp focus. Like this, the pandemic then becomes one of the many things to be aware of, whilst I fit in preventative measures against it, around my outdoor life and exercise, as opposed to seeing the pandemic as an out of control evil which imprisons ... read more
Bocadasse on a non-rainy, non-windy and sunny day in January 2021
Roman bath and ampitheatre ruins in March
Me in Viareggio in September enjoying Granita in 30 degrees of heat

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence February 9th 2021

8th February - Palazzo Vecchio & Ponte Vecchio Another visit to Florence, this time we started our tour at Piazza Della Signoria an L-shaped square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio (Town Hall)and the gateway to the Uffizi Gallery. The last time I was here was back a few years ago and we sat with friends in the square and enjoyed strawberries and cream in the sunshine. The Town Hall is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany, overlooking the square with its copy of Michaelangelo’s David statue as well the gallery of statues in the adjacent Loggia with its open-air sculpture gallery of antique and Renaissance art. Another feature is the beautiful fountain of Neptune, the statue is also known as the Biancone (great white) on account of the brilliance of its marble. The ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence February 5th 2021

Hello everyone, this was part of a 3 month trip through Europe. We started in Venice and ended up in London. We started these blogs after we had already been to Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada. We couldn't upload photos very well (if at all) and mostly just wanted to be able to remember all of our trips. Everyone once in a while someone calls me and asks questions about our travels and I'm always excited to relive them and share our experiences in hopes it will make their trip better. When we first started on these long trips we didn't interact with locals as much as I wish we had. As we got more comfortable being gone 1-2-3-4 months at a time, we also slowed down and savored visiting and sharing a lot more. ... read more
Hotel Caravaggio- room
Hotel Caravaggio Breakfast Terrace
Florence

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence February 5th 2021

5th February- Florence We started our virtual tour today in a place I recognised from all those years ago when I used to visit Florence on business. Although I remember the statue I remember just as much the market where I would often purchase a nice leather handbag or some beautiful gloves which I still gave today. Il Porcellino, as the Italians call him, means “the little pig”. However the bronze statue sitting at the side of the New Market (Mercato Nuovo) is really a wild boar, or cinghiale in Italian. He supposedly brings good luck when visitors rub his snout and put a coin in his mouth. If the water washes the coin from the pig’s mouth and it falls into the grate below, you will have good luck and you will be sure to ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence January 19th 2021

Florence was beautiful without tourists and it was really nice to be able to pick out the florentines as they were the only visible group of people in Florence, as there were no tourists. I could also admire the buildings and take clearer photos than I had been able to over the last 3 years, before the general lockdown came into force and flights from Asia and the US arriving into Italy were banned, which saw a huge drop in tourism to Florence. I arrived in Santa Maria Novella station, walked past the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, then towards Piazza del Duomo, then towards Piazza Della Signoria and on to Ponte Vecchio, where I took several photos of the river Arno. The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella is probably the church I passed by most ... read more
Cosimo dei Medici
River Arno
Banks of the River Arno

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa January 19th 2021

I really enjoyed staying for 3 nights in Pisa, and after all the social life back in the hostel over Christmas and New Year, but also travel restrictions, it was great to get away from the city. It was also nice and necessary too to escape from my routine or what had become a non-existent or at best, a very loose routine with strong emotions regularly sending me off track, resulting from everyday interactions from my housemates in the hostel. My nervous system had become jarred but as soon as I saw the greenery of Tuscany from the train window my nervous system slowly went back to normal, after leaving the noise and flyovers of Genoa. I was returning to a place where nothing bad had happened to me, and for that reason, I was able ... read more
The dining room with balcony at Il Merlo

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa January 19th 2021

Vado spesso in questo bellissimo parco centrale, ora chiamato giardino scottò o lo SCOTTO così chiamato dai pisani. E situato a est della città, sulle rive dell'Arno, a due passi da Piazza Guerazzi. È un parco molto pulito, verde e ben tenuto. Ha atmosfera accogliente e rilassante. Mi piace andare al giardino per passeggiare, e per fare jogging. E pieno di aiuole e fiori di ogni tipo. Ci sono grossi platani, le palme e labirinti fatti di siepi. Ci sono molte panchine e tavolini al sole e all'ombra, dove mi piace studiare all'aperto. Sopra i tavoli ci sono gazebi in legno e adoro leggere alla loro ombra. A settembre ho letto lì la rivista Psychologies. Ho passato molte ore lì in totale relax Adoro questo parco e per questo scrivo la descrizione in due lingue : ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa January 19th 2021

I often go to this beautiful central park, now called the scottò garden or the SCOTTO so called by the Pisans. It is located east of the city, on the banks of the Arno, a stone's throw from Piazza Guerazzi. It is a very clean, green and well-kept park, and has a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. I love walking around the gardens, and going jogging there. It is full of flower beds and flowers of all kinds. There are also large plane trees, palm trees and labyrinths made of hedges. There are many benches and tables in the sun and in the shade, where I like to study outdoors. Above the tables there are wooden gazebos and I love reading in their shade. In September I read Psychologies magazine there and I spent many hours there ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa January 19th 2021

La vecchia fortezza fu costruita nel 1468, presumibilmente su piani a cui collaborò anche Filippo Brunelleschi. In riva all’Arno nel XVI sec i fiorentini edificarono una roccaforte difensiva, la Fortezza Nuova. La costruzione voluta da Firenze e affidata ad Antonio e poi Giuliano da San Gallo si sviluppò come estensione del primo nucleo fortificato realizzato nel 1468. Ordinarono il ripristino e il potenziamento della piazza forte che fu dotata di una cinta di bastioni. La fortezza terminò il suo utilizzo per scopi militari dal XViii sec. Fu infine venduto dai Lorena a un armatore livornese, Domenico Scotto alla fine del 1700. La famiglia livornese Scottò construirono un corridoio coperto per passeggiate, iniziando la trasformazione in giardini. Il giardino pubblico fu realizzato nel XIX secolo all' interno della Cittadella Nuova. Oggi è un gran bel parco. NUOVE ... read more
Taken in June 2017

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa January 19th 2021

The old fortress was built in 1468, presumably on plans to which Filippo Brunelleschi also collaborated. On the banks of the Arno in the sixteenth century the Florentines built a defensive stronghold, the New Fortress. The construction commissioned by Florence and entrusted to Antonio and then Giuliano da San Gallo developed as an extension of the first fortified nucleus built in 1468. The fortress ended its use for military purposes from the seventeenth century. It was finally sold by the Lorena family to a Livorno shipowner, Domenico Scotto at the end of 1700. The Livorno family Scottò built a covered corridor for walks, starting its transformation into gardens. The public garden was built in the nineteenth century inside the New Citadel. Today it is a big park. REFERENCES ■Scotto family, Domenico Scotto, Livorno ■Wars between Pisa ... read more




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