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Old June 25th, 2013, 09:55 AM   #1
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Bella Toscana

I've been living in Pisa (check out this thread) for the last 8 months, during which I managed to get a few chances to travel around the region. I'll try to share some of my photos here. Not all of them will be urban, but I hope that's alright.

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Firenze (Florence)

1. Santa Maria Novella church near the main train station. In the adjacent square there is often a food market where local and non-local products are sold.




2. Like in most Italian cities, the most popular means of transport. Even though the centre of Firenze is restricted to traffic, these guys seem to be able to get anywhere




3. The interior of Strozzi palace.




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5. Piazza della Signoria

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Old June 25th, 2013, 10:00 AM   #2
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6. The main building of the square - Palazzo Vecchio




7. The inner yard




8. A cinquecento ready for a wedding




9. Gold stalls on Ponte Vecchio (The Old Bridge).




10. The defensive wall on the other side of river Arno. This bit of the city is a lot less densely built up. It's dominated by large villas and beautiul gardens.

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11. The view East from Piazza Michelangelo. This is the main viewpoint in the city with beautiful views of city centre. But they will come later




12. The familliar sight of Ponte Vecchio




13. A 500 Abarth. Must be loads of fun on twisty Tuscan roads




14. Sculptures near Palazzo Vecchio




15. Next to the Uffizi gallery. It is one of the most famous museums in the world, housing works of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and others. I have yet to visit it (from what I have been told, the waiting times are enormous during the tourist season, so might have to do it some time in winter

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16. Tourists in Piazza della Signoria.




17. Another sculpture from there.




18. A few more random shots from the old-town.




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wonderful!
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Old June 26th, 2013, 09:37 AM   #6
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21. Basilica di Santa Croce




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24. Buses like this with a length of a mid-size car are used in the old town.




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26. River Arno with Ponte Vecchio in the distance.




27. The view towards the other direction.




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29. So, I decided to come up to Piazza Michelangelo again, to enjoy the panorama during the blue hour. The cars take this twisty road to get up to the piazza.




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31. The views from Piazza Michelangelo. The same wall as seen in photo #10.




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33. The panorama of the city.




34. The main buildings of the city are lit very well and look fantastic from this spot.




35. South bank of river Arno.

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36.




37. Ponte Vecchio once again




38. A kiosk selling snacks and drinks. In Italy, as in most of central and southern Europe, it is legal to consume alcohol in public places, therefore many of the people were enjoying the view with a cold bottle of Birra Moretti




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43. Palazzo Vecchio




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46. Il Duomo di Firenze

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Awesome, very nice photos from this region of Italy
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Timeless Beauty! Thanks for sharing.
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Beautiful city, all full of history and arts all around. I love Ponte Vecchio by night and the view from Pza. Michelangelo.
But so far, my favourite city in Toscana is Siena
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Beautiful city, all full of history and arts all around. I love Ponte Vecchio by night and the view from Pza. Michelangelo.
But so far, my favourite city in Toscana is Siena
Siena is a town, great for tourism but booooring. But they have two important teams in football and basket thanks to their bank but now it's in big trouble.
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Elegance and beauty.
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A few less urban shots.

47. Monti Pisani, the mountains separating Pisa and Lucca. They are not very high, with altitudes reaching around 900 m.




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54. The town of San Giuliano Terme




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56. Lago di Massaciuccoli between Pisa and Viareggio. For many years the famous composer Giacomo Puccini lived nearby, and the town on the lakeshore is known as Torre del Lago Puccini.




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58. The remains of a jetty




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66. A restaurant on the lakeshore.




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