My Europe travelogue so far…
London Day 1: Flying With MAS, Heathrow Connect & Piccadilly Circus
London Day 2: Covent Garden, British Museum, British Library & Phantom Of The Opera Musical
London + Rome Day 3: YHA Oxford Street, Gatwick Airport, easyJet & Tiring Rome
Rome Day 4: Six Beds, Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill (Part 1)
Vatican City + Rome Day 4: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica & St. Peter’s Square (Part 2)
Ahh last 1/2 day in Rome. Morning breakfast is again the yummylicious croissant and cappuccino. We head out at 9.30am for a short walk around the neighborhood. Went to several shoe shops + stalls and shop selling household and baking items.
How can a church be this beautiful? If I’m a Christian, I don’t think I would be able to concentrate on the priest’s sermon. Looking dreamily at the architecture is more like it! Hahaha I actually like this church more than St. Peter’s Basilica.
We checked out from Six Beds around 11.30am and took the Vittorio Emanuele Metro to Roma Termini (just 1 stop away). We’re leaving Rome and heading to Pisa!
Near departing time we went to the loo (which isn’t free; €1!!!) and almost misses the train. Hahaha
We arrived at Pisa Centrale (Pisa’s train station) at around 4.10pm. We’re going to our lodging in Pisa by local bus which is just beside the train station. Sure we can walk but it’s gonna take around 30 mins and with our heavy luggage in tow, it ain’t a good idea. We missed 2 buses as we were a bit blur-blur. First time, we didn’t buy ticket, 2nd time we were too slow. LOL Bus ticket cost €1.10 per person.
We alighted at Pacinotti 2 and walked to Borgo Street (shopping street). We were a bit lost there and were thankful of the help we received from the local. That’s the best thing about travelling independently. Haha Finally we found our lodging which isn’t too far away. Pensinone Rinascente it is and it’s a very charming place. Too bad I did not take a lot of photos inside the lodging. It was tastefully decorated. We were greeted by a lovely old lady who speak more Italian than English. We mostly converse by sign languages and broken English! LOL.
Our room at Pensione Rinascente, Pisa, Italy. 1 night stay for a double room with share bathroom cost €52.00 + €2.00 tourist tax. Not bad as the room is huge! This is the biggest room we had in our Europe trip.
I’m not sure how old this hotel is but it sure is very old. It smell old (not that it smells) and looks old but it was an interesting place to stay. It’s more to antique than old. We had no problem falling asleep *tsk tsk abnormal activity? Nah Haha
After dropping our stuff at our room, we head out again. No time to sit and rest. We’re going to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa! It was a pleasant 15-20 mins walk to Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles).
We sent postcards and letters home with stamps bought from tabacchi shop near the tower before walking back. On the way back we stopped at Piazza dei Cavalieri (Knights’ Square).
Before heading back to our lodging, we stopped by for dinner at a recommended place from Tripadvisor. Read my review here of Il Campano, a restaurant that serve Tuscan food.
Near Il Campano is a small market.
Zucchini flowers and zucchini. Here’s a look at a zucchini flowers dish we had in Rome.
After dinner, we had a nice walk by the Arno River. There we stopped at Gelateria De’ Coltelli for some gelato. Read my review of their gelato here.
We stopped by Borgo Street to buy some croissant for our breakfast tomorrow. Most of the shops were close as it was after 9pm.
If you read from the internet you will see that many go to Pisa as a short ‘day’ stop-over but we decided to stay for a night because lodging is cheaper and the place is so beautiful. It’s a quiet and peaceful town. Would have hope I have an extra day here to just laze around.
Anyway our next day destination is sure legendary… stay tuned for it!