Traveling through Pisa and Florence

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I departed Rome at about 5am for Pisa. Someone remind me next time I travel to not book a train ride that early.  I love waking up early,  but as I said in my Rome recap, I went out with my hostel nearly every night, so I was a bit exhausted. Naturally, I slept the entire train ride to Pisa.

Traveling through Pisa and Florence ItalyThe leaning tower is about a mile or so walk from the train station, nothing horrible. I got there right when it opened so it wasn’t too crowded yet.  I then wandered around Pisa for a couple hours and then left for Florence.  I must say, besides the leaning tower of Pisa there really isn’t much to do there.  I’d say maximum you would need a half day there.

Traveling through Pisa and Florence ItalyI arrived in Florence and checked into my hostel.  While in Florence, I stayed at Plus Florence Hostel.  It was a really nice, and clean hostel, but for me it was a bit too big.  For a solo traveler, it was a bit harder to make friends than my other hostels I stayed at.

Traveling through Pisa and Florence ItalyAfter check in, I was super hungry so I decided to check out this panini spot that a friend at my hostel in Rome recommended.  All’Antico Vinaio.  The line was about an hour or so long, but boy was it worth it.  This is by far one of my favorite things I ate on my trip, and only 5 euros for this jumbo sandwich!  Mine had prosciutto, truffle cream and some sort of cheese which was to die for.  Honestly, I would go back to Florence just for this sandwich, it was that good!

Traveling through Pisa and Florence Italy

Traveling through Pisa and Florence ItalyThat day, I continued to walk around and get the lay of the land in Florence and ended the day getting drinks and dinner with a few people from my hostel.

Traveling through Pisa and Florence Italy
The next day was spent exploring more and more of Florence and walking around all the cute streets.  Above is one of the many leather markets in Italy that sell many different leather products, like purses, belts, bracelets, wallets etc.  Some very cute items!

Traveling through Pisa and Florence ItalyI ended the day with this incredible view of Florence at Piazzale Michelangelo.  I highly recommend coming for sunset and enjoying a drink at La Loggia.  Tip: There’s an upscale slide and a more casual bar side.

Traveling through Pisa and Florence ItalyI somehow had never heard of Aperol until I got to Italy.  But Aperol Spritz’ are my new favorite! They’re incredibly refreshing in the hot Italy weather.
Traveling through Pisa and Florence ItalyRicotta and Spinach ravioli with butter and sage. Melts in your mouth!

Traveling through Pisa and Florence ItalyI’m a sucker for a good sunset with a view, and Florence certainly took my breath away!

Traveling through Pisa and Florence ItalyBeing near all the vineyards of Tuscany I figured I needed to try a lot of wine while I was there.  A girl I met at my hostel had mentioned she went on one, so I decided to give it a go.  The company I went with with was Italy on A Budget. They have a ton of various tours all around Italy, but I decided on the “Grape Escape” one. It ended up being about $70 usd, which I  thought was the perfect amount.  The wine tour included a stop at two wineries, where we tasted tons of different red, white and rose wines, olive oils, balsamic and some fresh bruschetta!

Traveling through Pisa and Florence ItalyWhen the wine hits, 16 tastings later. During the wine tasting we learned about the making of the wine and how to properly taste the wine as well, which was very helpful.  I also had a great time meeting a bunch of people from Australia and England!

Traveling through Pisa and Florence ItalyCan we talk about that view though!

Traveling through Pisa and Florence Italy

Traveling through Pisa and Florence ItalyAt the end of the wine tour, we made a stop in the small town of San Gimigano. We stopped and got gelato at “the worlds best” Gelateria, Gelateria Dondoli.  I decided on pistachio and hazelnut, which were both incredible choices, although they gave me a size bigger than I wanted but I still ate it all, because the gelato was so delicious and creamy!

I took a bit of a day trip the next day, any guesses where to?

Have you been to Florence?

Which city in Italy is your favorite?

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2 Comments

  1. Susie @ Mile High Dreamers

    August 28, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Ahhh we went to Florence last month too! (And Pisa, but like you said, not quite as exciting as Florence). It’s such an awesome city and so easy to get around. We got paninis from a place called Pino’s and they were SO good – and cheap!
    The wine tour looks so fun too, I would be stumbling home after 16 tastings!

    • Amanda Lizz

      August 29, 2017 at 10:44 am

      oh fun! Florence was the best 🙂 Haha right it was certainly a lot of wine!