It was early afternoon on Monday (September 4) when I left behind beautiful and idyllic mini world of Lake Como and it’s surroundings and directed my eyes to the south. It wasn’t a long trip to Sicily. It was a much shorter one but had brought a new perspective to my summer voyage across Italy. However even in Genoa some things remained unchanged compared to earlier steps of my trip. I had 1,5 days to spend in this city and to me it was enough to fulfill my touristic plan.
Genoa greeted me with a pleasant weather that was just fine to discover the city. Not to waste any time, I went out as soon as I accommodated in my room. It was late-ish afternoon so I decided to walk around nearby area. I wandered off to Via XX Settembre, a lovely, wide street which is also considered a shopping area with many expensive boutiques located along it. On one end of it I reached Piazza de Ferrari, a most popular square in Genoa. Surrounded by a couple of architectural pearls like Palazzo Ducale, Palazzo della Nuova Borsa & Teatro Carlo Felice, with a beautiful large fountain it really is a must-visit place. I sat down there for a while to watch people go by.
Not far away I found Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, one of the biggest religious buildings in Genoa. By the time I got there it was already getting late and the sky was getting darker, so I decided to dine in a nearby restaurant. I enjoyed my pizza with beef, rucola and parmesan cheese. Afterwards I went back to my bnb. I wouldn’t be satisfied if I didn’t go to the aquarium in Genoa – a 2nd biggest aquarium in Europe. I went there next morning and believe it or not but I spent there over 4 hours, it’s so big and fascinating. The aquarium houses huge number of fauna and flora.
After that and after seeing Chiesa dell’Annunziata I decided that I’d like to climb up to the higher part of the city so that I could see it from above. I actually went up for quite a while when I noticed that just like previously in Bergamo, Genova has its own funicolare. At some point I reached one of the stops of the funicular train connecting Zecca down in the city with Righi up on the hill. After getting a ticket I got to the top and enjoyed a panoramic view. That’s basically all for Genoa.
From Genoa I traveled to Pisa. I stopped there for only 1 night, so upon my arrival I decided to spend rest of the afternoon on sightseeing. Through Piazza Vittorio Emmanuele II (I swear, he’s everywhere in Italy) I reached river Arno but before I passed it I noticed a tiny church – Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina. It’s built in gothic style but it’s size didn’t exceed the width of a pavement going along a river bank. Then through Via Roma I arrived at Piazza dei Miracoli, more popularly known as Piazza del Duomo. It’s a most popular touristic place in Pisa.
The reason for that is simple. Not only local duomo – Cattedrale di Pisa stands here, but also Battistero di San Giovanni and famous Torre di Pisa – leaning tower are located there. When I came the tourists were everywhere, all of them trying to take a cool photo as they try to support the tower and prevent it from falling. If you wish, you can enter all 3 buildings if you get the entry tickets. I skipped that part and moved on to a botanical garden. It has museal part (you can touch objects!) where they had old microscopes, old herbariums and more. Garden part is filled with hundrets of species of plants. It’s a nice place for a stroll. Just be warned that there are lots of mosquitos.
Later I also visited a main building of Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, a university building. Back to the river to realize that Palazzo Blu doesn’t look like a palace at all and its blue color is the only exceptional thing when it stands among other buildings. And that’s how a day passed. Pisa is not a huge city and its historical part is even smaller. I can assure you that this one afternoon was enough for me to visit all places that were in my itinerary. It was time to pack the bags again.
Next and at the same time last place of my Italian travels was Florence. You know what that means, right? In next post I’m taking you to Pitti Fragranze!