My time in Italy was soon ending so I decided to make a quick stop in Pisa before leaving for my next country.
Pisa is a perfect one day stopover. It has the iconic Leaning Tower, beautiful church and baptistry, a museum, the lovely River Arno canal, several bridges and this summer ….Football (soccer to us N.A.’s) Fever! Pisa is where I truly experienced the Italian fervor for football!
After spending a wonderful afternoon visiting the tourist areas of Pisa and having a delicious dinner at a trattoria beside the Leaning Tower, I chose to end my day by walking along the canal traversing the various bridges along the way back to my accommodations.
Little did I know that the canal is where the Pisano gather once a game is over and Italy has won! Men and women, young and old, were celebrating the victory and going crazy! Driving up and down the roads along and over the canal, hanging out of car windows, standing up out of sunroofs, motoring along on motorbikes holding up the Italian team and country flags. What a sight to experience!
My visit to Pisa was a wonderful way to say Ciao Italia!