Tag Archives: Piazza St Michele

Pisa, Train Journey to Florence

The plan was to go to Florence, the political capital of Tuscany and the cultural capital of Italy, the city of the Medici and the Renaissance and a UNESCO World heritage site.  The Medici were a powerful and influential Florentine family from the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries who produced three Popes and a succession of rulers of Florence and the family was also a leading influence at the beginning of the Italian Renaissance.  Florence was also very briefly between 1865 and 1871 the capital of unified Italy before, much to the relief of the taxpayers of the city, the privilege and the expense was transferred to Rome.

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Tuscany, Lucca and the World Record for not Sleeping

Lucca is everything that you expect from a Tuscan medieval city.  It is the largest Italian city with its medieval wall still completely intact and inside it has a number of attractive piazzas and a labyrinth of narrow streets to get confused and lost in and we explored some back streets and alleyways before settling down at a pavement café for a drink and a snack in the Piazza St Michele.

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