A Road Trip of a Lifetime – Part Two

Day Two – Beautiful Tuscany. Pisa, San Gimignano & Montepulciano

Day 2 was probably my favorite day as we travel beautiful Tuscany. Our first stop was Pisa.  The city itself is probably best know for its Leaning Tower Of Pisa or La Torre di Pisa as we italians call it, and as the birthplace of one of the most famous men in the math,physics, astronomy world  Galileo Galilei.  Galileo secretary claimed that he dropped two cannonballs from the top of the tower to discovered that gravity is the same on every thing. though there is no real evidence to support this.  The interesting thin is that the Tower of Pisa  is simply the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the Cathedral of Pisa,in Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of miracles). The tower and its placement seemed very unreal to me, so beautiful and it is in fact a UNESCO heritage site.  It was doomed from the start though and before they even finished construction it began to lean. It became famous as it started to lean more and for decades, engineers from around the world took an attemped at fixing it. In 1989 the tower was finally closed and they fixed the problem saving it for generations to see for years to come. In 2001 the tower re-opened and it now has a more manageable lean. The top is 4 meters from vertical. We hung around there for a bit, took some fun pictures, bought Pinocchio…follow The Adventure of Pinocchio=)


Camposanto – Piazza Dei Miracoli


Leaning Tower of Pisa


Of course I jump


Hmmm leaning?


Love the architecture


Pinocchio in Pisa

 The interesting thing I learned is that the Leaning Tower of Pisa is not the only leaning tower. Check below.


Select leaning buildings

Driving across Tuscany countryside was simply amazing!  We saw lots of sunflowers fields and of course since sunflower is my absolute favorite flower my wonderful hubby made sure to stop at a few fields and let me run free around them=)


Sunflower field from the highway


Huge dried sunflower


Small sunflowers


Girasoli..Gira means “turn”, and sole means “sun.


Swimming in sunflowers field


I was able to capture a bee


More sunflowers fields


Sunflower closeup

Girasoli, which is what Italians called sunflowers sun turn. Gira means “turn”, and sole means “sun. Have you ever noticed that a sunflower will be point its’ face to the East in the morning and by the last light of the evening, it will have turned to be facing the sunrise? The sunflower moves itself in the most direct position in front of the sun so it can get the maximum sun rays, so the sun always shine on their “face”. I LOVE sunflowers. Sunflowers is one of Nature’s happiest of flowers and, to me no flower can lift spirits quite like sunflower can.  I think is a lot of photos for a post, I will leave the rest of our Tuscany trip to San Gimignano and Montepulciano for the next post.


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