Tuscan delights by Cindy

Cindy travelled to Pisa, Lucca & Florence with her family February half term for a 5 day short break. The trip began with an overnight stay in Pisa enjoying lunch in the sunshine, a climb up the leaning tower followed the next morning by a lovely morning stroll along the walls of the city. Continuing by bus to the beautiful walled city of Lucca we enjoyed a 5km bike ride along the wall, the best gelato & pizza ever ! We explored the many cobbled streets, churches, towers that Lucca had to offer with an overnight stay at a luxury b&b. The next morning we took the high speed train from Lucca to Florence 1 hr 20 mins, on arrival we hopped on the open top bus to get our baring’s of this beautiful city. Next we explored on foot the old town area with the most amazing Duomo cathedral for a couple of hours finishing our walk at the Santa Croce a very impressive basilica. We then jumped back on the hop on hop bus getting off at the Piazzale Michelangelo up in the hill side overlooking Florence we watched the most amazing sunset & finished the day with a visit to the San Miniato al Monte before returning to the city for an amazing Calzone pizza. After a good nights sleep we headed off to the Accademia gallery to see the Statue of David, then climbed the 463 steps to the top of Duomo the views from the top & the dome itself was amazing. After a spot of lunch we walked down to the river visiting the many statues of Florence surrounding the Uffizi gallery & crossed the river over the Ponte Vecchio.  For sunset this evening we climbed the bell tower of the Duomo cathedral another 414 steps, hard work doing both in one day however the view & sunset was out of this world. The next morning we took to the many cobbled streets, visiting the market & fabulous shops Florence has to offer before jumping on the high speed train 1 hr/ 8min mono rail journey to Pisa airport for our flight home. A truly amazing 5 days enjoyed by 4 adults & 3 children aged 10/12/14 it really does offer something for everyone.