What could be better for our honeymoon than to hire a Vespa in Pisa?
The timeless charm of Vespa, symbol of Italy, convinces us and we feel like in an old movie. Anyone who saw us, tight, with her holding on me, would recognize that we embody love itself. Yes, we got married, but it doesn’t imply that we lost the kids’ spirit we had when we met!
We feel excted to finally see Pisa, to get it out of the postcard in our mind. Pisa is surrounded by a legend, that makes its origin date back to the city of Pisa in the Peloponnese, from where the Trojan refugees who founded it came. Charmed, we arrive at Piazza dei Miracoli, and we understand why its name: the leaning Tower, the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Monumental Cemetery look like they magically rise from the surrounding lawn.
We notice how Pisans live their Arno as we traverse the lungarni, flanked by the historic city’s buildings, of Renaissance aspect but of Medieval heart. Insiede the church of Santa Maria della Spina, the Madonna della Rosa of Andrea and Nino Pisano smiles at us with her soft lips, sculpted out of butter.
We look at the watch and we rush to Piazza dei Cavalieri, seat of the city’s civil power. The guided visit to Palazzo dell’Orologio awaits us and our days spent on the school books immediately emerge again: the “torre della Fame”, where Count Ugolino Della Gherardesca and his sons, who Dante made so famous to us, died, was incorporated to the building.
We grab a bite strolling under the porticos of Borgo stretto and Borgo largo, and we admire the XIV and XV century buildings that nobles built while competing to have the most beautiful one. We feel undoubtedly grateful for the result of their rivalry. Before leaving, we sip a coffe at a table outside, tasting a piece of excellent Torta Co’ Bischeri and observing Pisans enjoying their city intensevely. Via delle Colonne, Piazza delle Vettovaglie, Piazza del Pozzetto… Pisa is alive, pulsing, and it looks like it wants to involve us in its sparkling soul.
We ride our Vespa along the Arno, excited, letting the new perfurmes of spring, that wakes up the marvelous surrounding nature, intoxicate us.
Here, at the mouth of the Arno, you can clearly see the two colours of the water. That of the river is more blue whilst that of the sea is more green. Behind us are the plains and the distant Apuan Alps, those famous for the marble of Carrara from which Michelangelo created his great masterpieces.
We arrive at Livorno in the middle of the afternoon, breathing the salty air of the ancient maritime power of Mediterranean Sea. Sea is the essence of the city. From the Old Fortress, ancient guardian to the harbour, it meanders inside to the New Fortress, in the old town. Therefore we decide that to understand the real substance of Livorno we have to penetrate into its canals with a fascinating boat tour.
The elegant air of the city, nearly nostalgic, expresses itself in Ardenza neighborhood particularly, dotted with Liberty style villas, behind the seafront. The view is relaxing, a comfort for the soul. We stroll hand in hand while the sun gifts us with a vivid sunset, and we head to a little restaurant, ready to taste the mythical cacciucco, the fish soup we heard about so much.
What other magical places will our Vespa make us disover?
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