Thursday, May 10, 2007

April 2007 - Pisa, Italy - More than just the Leaning Tower . . . but not much

On Easter Sunday, we went on a day trip to Pisa and Lucca in western Tuscany with a group of friends from Italian class. It was a long but fun train ride.
Finally we arrived and headed straight for the Tower . . .through the colorful streets of Pisa. Casandra gets her first glimpse of the Leaning Tower from across the street.Finally, here we are in the Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles), with the Duomo and it's bell tower (the famous Leaning Tower) behind us.
And here are the girls - Casandra, Giulia and Stella- in front of the Tower.
We went crazy taking pictures. Check out our superhuman strength!!Here are Casandra and Giulia with the facade of the Duomo behind them. The Duomo, completely full of people and decorated for Easter Mass, was quite a sight to see. The gold gilding makes this church glow. The sounds of the priests' monotone sermon and the high-pitched boys' choir transported us in time. Easter Mass is celebrated here as it has been for centuries, we felt lucky to be able to witness it.Here is Casandra in front of the Baptistery with our class and the very knowledgeable art history teacher - Rafaelo. The Arno River, which runs through Florence, heads west towards Pisa on its way to the Mediterranean. Here we are on a bridge that crosses the Arno, with the colorful buildings of Pisa along the riverbank and the Apennine Mountains in the distance. Over the River and off to Lucca . . .

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