Florence, Italy

As part of our trip to Pisa, we to a day trip to Florence. Florence was once the capital of Italy (before Rome), and is a beautiful historic town with plenty of interesting things to see. The train ride from from Pisa was slightly more than an hour, and most of the time was spend just walking around from sight to sight. Once the feet was tired, we took a hop-on, hop-off bus, which brought us to the Piazza Micheangelo – where you’ll find probably the most beautiful sight of the town.

Pisa, Italy

Budget airlines is a wonderful way to have short holidays or extended weekends somewhere interesting. The carrier Norwegian has flights from Copenhagen to Pisa and we went to explore Pisa a few days saying at the Grand Hotel Bonanno.

Getting around

  • Getting to town…
    • If you fly into Pisa Airport taking the train to Pisa Centrale is cheap and easy. It takes less than 15 minutes.
    • The Pisa Centrale train station is in the middle of town, and walking distance to most hotels.
  • Exploring the city
    • Walking around in town is easy and the distances are fairly short between interesting sights.
    • Many hotels offers bikes, and while the pavement is bumpy it shouldn’t be a problem.
    • Skip driving in town – the streest are narrow, there are many one-way streets and finding your way can be a challenge.

What to see

  • The leaning tower is the most famous sight in Pisa, but far from the only interesting sight.
  • The historic center of the city contains many churches and other sights.
  • The city is filled with small (local) restaurants hidden away in the many narrow streets.
  • There’s a big University in town – and a large hospital.
  • The Arno river runs across the town.
  • There’s a large train station with connections to Roma, Florence and other major Italian cities.

Grado, Trieste and Venice

It’s always fun visiting Italy. Besides their wonderful food, there’s also losts of sights to explore no matter where in Italy you visit. In June 2008 we went to North-east Italy and stayed in the town of Grado. It’s between Trieste (near the Albanian border) and Venice.

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Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital for Portugal, and an often overlooked destination for City vacations it seems. We rented an apartment for a week in the old part of town and went exploring. Lisbon is a reasonably small town making it easy to explore many sight by foot, by tram, by busses or by trains. Apart from Lisbon itself, it’s also quite easy to take the train to Sintra and explore the Castles there.

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