The next stop: Italy! We spent 10 days in Tuscany, a daytrip in Venice and 3 days in Rome.
From Marseille to Pisa we took the train for about 6-8 hours with 1 change in Genova.
Here’s the interesting part, we went down the wrong station in Genova because we didn’t know that there are a lot of stations in Genova. Remember to go down in Genova Principe. It was hilarious. We even met an Italian girl who went down with us and she didn’t know how to speak English. And my Italian sucks so you probably know how it went – sign language, context clues and one word sentences for almost 3 hours. We managed to change our tickets for a minimal fee and caught the next train available.
When you’re traveling for a long period of time, the truth is it gets really exhausting so we decided that for Italy we will stay in one place and use the train to move around. Thus, we made Pisa our home-base and it was the best decision we made. We wanted to explore the Tuscany region so everything was just a train ride away plus, Pisa is not very touristy so you have time to chill out and mingle with the locals.
My favorite was eating gelato and drinking beer by the River Arno. It’s a university area so you will find a lot of students hanging out in restaurants, in the piazza, and along the river watching the sunset and drinking till late.
Our favorite food is the Bengal Kebab in Piazza Garibaldi and then the Gelato place beside it.
Of course, there’s the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It looks big in photos but not that big in real life. We had our time to look at it early in the morning and late at night without the tourists, it’s beautiful.
We also took a side trip to Veraggio for sunset and dinner. If it’s summer, I think I would have had the time of life in that beach but it was cold when we went there so no swimming for me. It’s around 30-45 minutes away from Pisa by car. Thanks to our friend, Rocky for driving us there.
There are also pockets of museums, theatres, piazzas, and markets around the area.
Next stop: Lucca and Florence!
P.S. IG: @lencaccam for random trips and daily musings