Pisa and Beach
On July 9th, our cruise ship arrived in Livorno and we took a bus into Pisa. We booked an excursion through the cruise ship to see the leaning tower of Pisa and go to the beach. The guide we had was excellent. He was teaching us Italian phrases, explaining local customs and he was pretty funny as well. He even gave us a sample of some Italian Liquor at the end.
We had a 40 minute drive on a coach bus to get to Pisa. Our bus parked a ways from Pisa and we walked to the city. The city is a lot smaller than we assumed for having such grand buildings and the famous leaning tower. We walked through a market and found ourselves in the Piazza dei Miracoli which translates to the Square of Miracles in English. It is also known as or Piazza del Duomo.
|Piazza dei Miracoli|
You can see the Pisa Baptistery on the left, Pisa Cathedral in the middle with the Campanile (Leaning Tower of Pisa) in the background. Pisa is probably most well known by tourists for the Leaning Tower which is a bell tower that has an unintended lean to it.
|Leaning tower of Pisa|
|Exaggerating the leaning.|
The resort had a nice sandy beach. We got to swim in the Mediterranean which was a first. The water was very refreshing.
The resort was really cool. It is around 150 years old. Our guide told us that it was the first resort in Italy that allowed men and women to swim together. We've never been to a resort like it before.
One interesting thing we noticed was that in order to swim in the pool we had to wear swim caps. People either brought their own or the resort provided you with them. This is something we've never come across before but this appears to be a common rule across Italy. I asked our guide and he confirmed that it is a regular thing in Italy. It appears that wearing a swim cap is seen as being more hygienic.
A lot of places in Europe have rules about swimming attire. For example, in France it is common for loose fitting swim wear to be banned. Men have to wear tight fitting "Speedo" style swim suits for example rather than swim shorts. Women wearing swim suits with skirts are also banned. This is to stop people from wearing outside clothes in the pool for hygienic reasons. I guess it is nice to know the pool you are swimming in is as hygienic as possible.
...but I digress.
We had some Marinara pizza from the resort restaurant that was really good. We made sure before ordering the pizza that it was vegan. Unlike in Canada it is not unusual in Italy to get a pizza without cheese. This is one of the three traditional Neapolitan style pizzas. The Marinara is made with tomatoes, garlic, oregano and topped with olive oil. It was really tasty and we had one each plus a can of Coke.
Thank you for reading. If you enjoyed this post and want to see more of our cruise excursions, check out our post on "Monaco and Monte Carlo"