We went to Pisa on Aug. 8th, father’s day on Chinese calendar. It was my 2nd visit after 20 years but I was equally stunned by the beauty of the architecture despite the chaos among tourists from all over the world. The cathedral, the baptistery, the leaning tower and the monumental churchyard add up to this famous Piazza dei Miracoli.
We visited Lucca after Pisa which was only a half an hour drive. Lucca is a hidden gem of Tuscany, a rich and elegant town behind the monumental Renaissance walls which is still in perfect condition. Composed of narrow cobbled streets, beautiful architectures, grand piazzas, towers, churches, shades created by chestnut trees, cafes, restaurants, made it a pleasant destination on foot even for kiddies, the town also has bike rentals which explains the carefree aura of the place. Lucca was the birthplace of Puccini which gives the place its famous opera trail for worshipers!