We decided to stay a night in Pisa, as it was on the way from La Spezia to our next destination in Umbria. We strolled into town just before sunset, so we could avoid the heat and the tour buses. I didn’t know anything about Pisa, except for the Leaning Tower. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see this beautiful little town and happy to get lost in it (as much as you can given how small it is).
First stop, Keith Haring's Tuttomondo mural.
Then onto Santa Maria della Spina, which was built in the 13th century. Although it’s very small, the outside of the church is very ornate.
One of my favorite moments was walking down Via Roma, a main street filled with restaurants, stores and tourists... all of a sudden, I look up and the top of the cathedral is peaking out between the colorful Pisan apartment buildings.
I love a good sunset.
Finally, our dinner at Ristorante alla Bandierine. This little family-owned restaurant is known for its spaghetti, which is made in-house. So obviously, we got spaghetti to start and then a grilled octopus to share. The spaghetti was so good, we decided to order another pasta dish. It was gluttonous and I was uncomfortably overstuffed, but it was worth it.
After, we headed to Gelateria De’ Coltelli for gelato because there’s always room for dessert. The gelato here is incredible. Graham went with his usual coconut with strawberry. I got weird flavors that I can't even remember... I think one was, like, walnut ricotta with candied fig or something. It was delicious.