‘The Cities of Miracles’
Article By Irfan Prabudiansyah Executive summary by Hilarius
Adventures in the land of Pizza we continue in the city of Florence and Pisa. Both towns are neighbors to each other and located in the Tuscany region. Arriving in the city of Florence on the night we went straight to the inn to save goods went out to find dinner. The first dinner in Florence so memorable. Our tongue for testing the foods that spoiled by typical Italian. One is the Seafood pagetti. This is one of delicous spagetti we’ve ever tried. Not much if Italy is called the king spagetti, famous european cuisine! After enjoying dinner, we returned to the hotel to shower and take a rest. We deliberately did not berjalan2 at night to save energy, because the next day we will visit the two cities at once.
Early in the morning we went to Pisa, about 40 minutes by train from Florence. We chose the train because transportation ticket prices a bit cheaper and certainly faster. Train tickets can be purchased directly through the ticket machine located at the station. Owh yes, do not forget to always stamp the ticket at the train ticket machines around the station before you take the train, otherwise it will be subject to fines of up to 40 Euro (personal experience, Hehe).
Pisa is a small town with a population of 100 thousand inhabitants. Place the main visit in Pisa is the Campo dei Miracoli or the Field of Miracles. Here there are several historic buildings namely the Grand Romanesque Cathedral, the Campo Santo, and of course the Leaning Tower (another name) leaning tower of Pisa. Hmm .. all these beautiful buildings gathered in one place. Wow .. It’s hard to believe this place is real!
Tower of Pisa is a favorite building in town. Finally we get to watch yourself and prove that this tower was completely skewed. Based on the information that we can tilt up to 4 degrees or about 3 meters than it should if perpendicular. The tower height is about 56 meters was completed in 1372 and has undergone several improvements. To enter the tower of Pisa, we should pay 15 euros a ticket. The queue to get into the tower of Pisa is quite long. Each visitor gets a small about 30 minutes in Pisa and 10 minutes at the top of the tower. To get to the top of the tower we had to climb 294 stairs fruit. From the top of this tower we can see the view of Pisa. Hmm .. a pleasure to stand on top of the tower which is one of the wonders of the world. For approximately 3 hours we spent time to enjoy the beauty of the buildings in the Field of Miracle this.
In the afternoon we return to Florence by train. From Florence station we drove by bus to Piazza Michelangelo. Michelangelo is one of the highest places of Florence. A unique feature of this place is the statue of David with a high of about 11 meters in the work of Michelangelo. From here we can see the view of Florence. Florence is a city that offers classic and exotic atmosphere with its distinctive buildings are also classic. Town split by a big river and connected by a bridge called the Ponte in Italy. Ponte most famous is La Vecchia Ponte namely The old bridge. Unique bridge over the river Arno is one of the shopping center in Florence, along the bridge is filled by the seller silver metal and precious metals.
distance from the top of Michelangelo La Vecchia Ponte until quite far, we have to down and down the streets of large and small. The streets in Florence is very unique. One of the main street in Florence Via Camillo Cavour is located in downtown Florence. This road was built in 1861 by menggabukan two old street, Via Larga and Via Leopoldo. Keep walking along the bridge, we arrived at an old art museum called the Uffizi gallery. Gallery is one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world. In this gallery, once saved a lot of work and collection of famous artists, among others, Simone Martini, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo. In the area outside the museum building, there is also relief in the form of statues of artists and scientists Italy.
Florence is also dubbed as the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, because here there are many monuments, churches and buildings with Renaissance-style architecture. One of the famous building is the Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as the Duomo. Characteristic of this building is a magnificent dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Santa Maria del Fiore is now functioning as the main church in Florence. Church with a length of 153 meters and 116 meters high was the fourth largest in Europe. Another building that became a tourist destination is Piazza della Signoria is located not far from the Uffizi Gallery. Formerly Piazza is a government building in the city of Florence. In addition to this building there is the Palazzo Vecchio which is the art museum. Palazzo hallmark is the existence of a number of famous artists’work europe statue that meets the front of the building.
For more than half our days exploring the city of Florence. From the Top of Michelangelo, to downtown, to go back to the station. Everything we did on foot. In the afternoon we took a break and enjoy a meal at one restaurant near the station. Again and again we were so satisfied with the food in Florence. The menu is presented fully in accordance with our taste.
Not content to enjoy Florence in the afternoon, evening we returned to the P. Michael Angelo. View of Florence at night is incredibly beautiful. More beautiful than during the day. For you who visit Florence do not pass it the charm of Florence in the evening from the top of Michael Angelo. We spent time there until 23:00, then returned to the inn to rest, before continuing the journey next day to the Italian capital, Rome.
The experience of exploring Florence and Pisa are very impressive, in accordance with the above title ‘The Cities of Miracles’, the farther we go in this city, the more wonders we encounter.