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Italy- Part Two- The Leaning Tower of Pisa and Florence, Flaunting the Artistic Masterpieces.

Heyaa dearies ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so sorry I have not been posting for a while or doing my usual blog rolling and spreading some blog-love everywhere. I miss visiting the lovely blogs I follow and the thrill of finding new ones. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Slowly but surely, I will be making a visit to all of the awesome blogs I follow and see what you all have been upto! Gosh I missed everyone so much ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

And I am SO SO overwhelmed by the sincerity and kindness of my dearest friends here who are concerned for me and wishing me and remembering me in their posts. I am so lucky and thankful to be part of a community which never ceases to amaze me โค

Nowadays itโ€™s a mad rush at the house, packing and planning and running for last minute shopping! I am not even getting enough time to dream about NYC ๐Ÿ˜› I hope the dust settles soon and I can share the ideas building in my head with all of you and also get on with the rest of the travel tales ๐Ÿ™‚ For now, letโ€™s get on with this one ๐Ÿ˜‰ So ready for the rendezvous in Florence and Pisa? ๐Ÿ˜€

Return time and again and still you would not be able to drink in everything Florence has to offer. This cradle of renaissance has more artistic treasures per square meter than any other city you can think of! Where else can you stroll the same streets walked by Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo while relishing one of the world’s best gelato? ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Our first destination in Florence was indeed the Piazza Duomo, which is filled with some of Europe’s finest building ensembles – theย Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Campanile,ย and theย Baptistery withย their dazzling walls of intricate inlaid colored marble sure enamored us. It dominates the city’s skyline and still defines the scale by overshadowing the other buildings in the square.

The cathedral is Italy’s third-largest church, but rather than the size what draws it to you is the sheer magic of artistry. It is said that the alternating colors of the inlaid marble were chosen to exemplify the two basic principles of Florentine art: “rectitude and beauty.”ย True to its words, the splendor exuded by this architectural marvel is really one of a kind. โค

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Just WOW !
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If you can spot a tiny couple posing, thats us! ๐Ÿ˜›

If you thought this was heights of magnificence wait until you see this dome! The immensity of this dome designed by Brunelleschi will surely take your breath away. So will the stairs leading up to it I heard and we did not venture to climb the 500 or so stairs. The views are deemed spectacular covering the entire city and beyond to the Tuscan hills. Anyone up for this? ^^’

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Zoom in and you can see people on top of the dome! :O

We then proceeded to see another famous landmark Piazza della Signoria. If Piazza Duomo was more about religion, the Signoria Square is the symbol of civic life in the city. Over the principal side of the piazza rises the massive Palazzo Vecchio, Florence’s town hall (still the seat of the local government, it is a working building housing many offices that Florentines use on a daily basis, as well as the mayor’s office). The square is a reminder of great triumphs and is replete with some awe-inspiring sculptures, each of them with a story to marvel about.

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Palazzo Vecchio

Just outside the Palazzo Vecchio you can see a copy of Michelangelo’s David kept to represent the perfect symbol of republican virtues, of courage and strength in the service of the State. The original was moved to the Accademia gallery due to the damages caused. The statue of Marzocco, the heraldic lion of Florence holding the city’s coat of arms, the one of Perseus With The Head of Medusa by Cellini and the Fountain of the Neptune were a few others which are quite renowned. I was always besotted by Greek mythology and my visit to Italy was such a great opportunity to learn more about it and see and experience everything for real. โค

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Copy of Michelangelo’s David
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Us in front of the Fountain of Neptune ๐Ÿ™‚

Our time in Florence came quickly to an end before we could even anticipate it. But we were too excited to dwell on it since our next spot was the Leaning Tower of Pisaaa! Yeaay. I had seen countless pics of people โ€œpropping upโ€ the tower with their hand or even finger ๐Ÿ˜€ And I was excited, I was about to as well. Thankfully it did not need any photoshopping or professional photography and as usual my hubs to the rescue ๐Ÿ˜‰ One of the tourists was kind enough to take a fun photo of both of us as well ๐Ÿ˜€

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Ooh, I am trying to straighten the Leaning Tower of Pisa ๐Ÿ˜›
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The Leaning Campanile, along with its massive Cathedral, Baptistry and Camposanto Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery) in the immaculate and gorgeous setting of green lawns is collectively known as Piazza dei Miracoli or the Field of Miracles. Did you know that at about 183 feet tall, the tower leans around FOUR degrees, which means that at the top, it is actually displaced around 13 feet from its bottom. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Yikes! But fear not, since its architecturally still sound enough for you to huff and puff your way through the 300 steps to the top. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Piazza dei Miracoli

I guess I would regale you with my Rome and Vatican City stories in another post. Oh yes, Rome is there as well! How can a trip to Italy be complete without a visit to the powerhouse of world history, with an exhilarating city scape replete with renowned monuments, the Eternal City Rome? We will be starting from the worldโ€™s smallest country Vatican City which by the way has the worldโ€™s second-largest church, so see you in St.Peters Square next ๐Ÿ™‚ Or should we take a detour to the Big Apple ? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Letโ€™s see, shall we ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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84 thoughts on “Italy- Part Two- The Leaning Tower of Pisa and Florence, Flaunting the Artistic Masterpieces.

    1. Aww, thanks a lot dear. A wonderful compliment from one of my favorite blogs ๐Ÿ™‚ And am so happy you like my way of writing. I am always wondering if I am doing justice to the beauty of places or am I being over the top ๐Ÿ˜ Glad you like them the way it is ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Omg Minaxi!!!!! You cannot imagine how your post made me feel…. NOSTALGIC…. I miss beautiful Italy and especially Firenze โคโคโค Your pics are awesome and you make a really good looking couple with your boyfriend ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Haha. Thank you Maja ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰ We seldom have pics of us together in all these wonderful places. It is mostly selfies since we are on our own ๐Ÿ˜› But, sometimes the other kind tourists offer to take our photos and bless them for that! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. Fabulous pictures, looks gorgeous – and a really good angle for the tower shots! I nearly booked Pisa for our upcoming trip but settled on Madeira. There must be something in the air though – my post tomorrow is very Italian!!

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  3. I loved this! I’ve visited Florence so many times, but you gave me a totally fresh and informative take on it. Thank you! Your writing is always enjoyable and I’m looking forward to your NYC stories. And good luck preparing for your trip! So exciting ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you sooo much for the kind words dear. I mean it. I am still figuring out my ways to convey the beauty of a place I visited and it makes me so happy to know that you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ˜Š And thanks for the wishes too. I cannot wait to write about it! But first , let me reach there ๐Ÿ˜› We have still a couple of days to go ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Oh what fun that was traveling with you!! What beautiful pictures, all those statues along the Cathedral and what a beautiful piece of architecture! The Palazzo Vecchio and all its statues and the Leaning Tower, what fun pics of you and hubby holding up the tower! You write with such life and vibrancy I love reading your posts! Ok well look forward to finding out what are next trip is…I’m all packed and ready!! xo ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Sorry Iโ€™ve been out of touch; I am back in action again (I bet you know how that is). Stay tuned for more regular postings! Iโ€™d love it if you could tell me what youโ€™d like to see more of: travel, bucket list, pilot-wife-life, lifestyle, yoga, or turquoise inspiration (or all of the above, lol)!
    Jessica, Turquoise Compass

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  6. Hi Minaxi! This post brings up so many memories, we use to live couple of streets down from the Duomo in Firenze and just the other day were looking at old pictures from there – and our little Annie was just a puppy then, hopping around the gobble stone streets. Great post and so many nice pictures, thank you! Have a great weekend!

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  7. Hi Minaxi, You are invited to my monthly blog party which just started right now. The link is Summery blog party live link. It’s through the weekend. Do step in and let’s get this party started and mix with others. Regards, Jacqueline

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    1. I had actually been to your blog in the morning and I was lost in the sea of knowledge you have there ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I will make a detailed visit soon. And such a powerhouse of Greek literature complimenting me on the photos. Wow. My day is made ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you so much. And wishing you a blissful and blessed week ahead too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Dope captions for the pictures! Haha, i liked the trick you used for the last one, turned out to be precise and so real! ๐Ÿ˜€ – Cezane

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  9. Ahh! So excited to read about Rome! If I had to pick just ONE favorite place in all of Italy, it would have to be Bella Roma! I just loved it there. Florence and Pisa were a lot of fun as well! Glad you guys enjoyed it! Florence had our favorite restaurant – ZaZa’s… SO GOOD!

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    1. Ooh is it ? Sad we missed it :\ Yes, I must say Rome is spectacular but then there are so many places like the Amalfi, Capri etc. which I have not been to but seen pics and look SO amazing! Italy is indeed a treasure house of the most exotic places.

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  10. Hi,
    I know Tony, Jacqueline, and Aquileana.
    I also like games. I met you at Jacquelineโ€™s party. Maybe you can check out my blog if you need a blogging tip or two. Thatโ€™s what I write about. Like Jacqueline, I have blog parties regularly.
    Janice

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  11. Hi, Fab blog! I have just set up mine, but still in the very early stages โ€“ a few months old. Just making efforts to link in with fellow bloggers to improve our followers and get the word out there for us both. I would appreciate you having a peek at my blog, as I have published several posts. Feel free to like, comment, follow or just take a peek. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. That’s it! My day is totally MADE! To inspire someone to travel, what more could a travel junkie ask for..I am so so glad I could. And thanks a ton for the dreamy words Nessie โค I cannot tell you how much it brightened my day ๐Ÿ™‚ *hugs* โค

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  12. Once again, you bring back memories when my family and I visited Italy, including Florence, Rome, Venice, a small town in the Tuscany area. The Vatican City was great. So much to see! It’s always funny to see people trying to straighten out the Leaning Tower!

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    1. heehee. I know right. Its a cliche pose but still that doesn prevent you from doing it ๐Ÿ˜› I am so glad that my posts evoke memories of others travelogues ๐Ÿ™‚ It is such a great feeling to reminisce about the wonderful journeys we have been on โค

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  13. It sounds like a lot of fun. There can’t be so very many places in the world that have a city hall that’s been in continuous use since medieval times. Good work keeping the Leaning Tower from toppling over, by the way. I hope you passed that important task on to someone else before you left. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. I love revisiting some of these places through your artistic and gorgeous eyes Minaxi. This post brought back lots of beautiful memories. It looks like you two had such a wonderful time.
    I enjoyed every picture and your words thoroughly.

    Please have a beautiful week ahead!
    Dajena โค

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  15. Are you serious? You’re in Italy? Have I been under a rock? Gorgeous photos!! By the way, my favorite post so far was when you two went to the Harley Davidson place! Now this one is like a tie! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŒธ

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    1. Hahaha! Under a rock? Lol ๐Ÿ˜€ That teared me up! And I am still grinning ๐Ÿ˜€ I am not in Italy now. I am in…NYC!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค We had the chance to explore a few countries in Europe a while ago and I am just sharing my escapades of that ๐Ÿ™‚ You liked the HarleyDavidson post ? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much โค That was my second post when I was still a baby at blogging! hehe ๐Ÿ™‚ Not that I have grown up now!

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  16. Thank you so much for sharing this! You have allowed the joy of going back in time to the only place I ever felt alive! I don’t know if you made it to Piazza Santa Croce or not but I lived right around the corner from there from 1980 to 1983. From 18-20 years of age. I miss it every day. I am so happy you loved it.

    Hugs,
    Leah

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    1. Oh wow how wonderful. Lived in Italy โค I am so glad I could evoke some nostalgia. I loved every minute in Italy. And ever since my visit, I so badly wish atleast I was in Europe so that we could enjoy all this gorgeousness at our own pace ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks a lot Leah for the compliment. I am sorry for the late reply ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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