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Pisa, Tuscana & Firenze

Raquel ChandlerComment
Pisa, Tuscana & Firenze

Days 3-5

The next few days of our trip were spent making our way further south, beginning with with a stop at a beautiful little olive farm and winery just outside of Tuscany.  We felt like royalty, getting welcomed to the vineyard and ushered right up to the vines to witness the amazing few of the Tuscan countryside.  From there, we joined our group for a delicious wine tasting and lunch which included antipasti meats and cheeses, olive and olive oil samples from the farm, and delectable pasta dishes.  After lunch, we ventured to Pisa for a quick stop to see the iconic leaning tower and break for gelato.  We ended the day in Florence, nabbing dinner at an amazing local spot called La Taverna and went to bed early knowing we had so much to see the next day.  In the morning, we began the day with a breathtaking visit to the Museo de Academia, where Michelangelo's David lives along with various other great sculpture works and paintings.  We walked to through Florence's abundance of Piazza's, including the Piazza Santa Croce, home of the church where Galileo and Michelangelo are entombed.  We were lucky enough to get a brief tour of the leather and gold shop that was owned by one of the first families to own a tannery in Florence, giving Firenze its reputation for the best leather goods and gold jewelry - followed by lunch on the Piazza.  We continued to walk the city, falling in love with the colors of the buildings and watching locals stand and drink their espresso at the counters of tiny little bodegas. We ended our night time in Florence by visiting the last of the 3 David statues in the city at the Piazza Michelangelo, which overlooks Tuscany. From there we headed to Tre Pini for a decadent Tuscan meal with wine pairings (we even shipped a case of their wine home to Texas!).  With our bellies and our hearts full, we sang Dean Martin's That's Amoré on the ride home, calling it another beautiful day in Italy.