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Pisa Italy

Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa Italy



Bob's desire for a long time was to go to Massa Italy, since his last name was Massa.

Massa Italy

Massa Italy

Massa is a town and comune in Tuscany, central Italy and worldwide known for the extraction and production of marble

We took the train from Paris and arrived in Massa Italy and got a great hotel. We went down town and tried to go shopping. But everybody closes up their stores and takes a siesta.

We learned that Massa is on the coast and is a resort town. We were there in off season, so the beaches were all closed. We rented a car and off we went.

We saw this castle up on the hill, so we went to explore. The Malaspina Castle (15th century), overlooking the city from a hill. The castle was closed but a really nice man let us look thru the castle.

Pisa Italy

The next day we took off to Pisa. The Distance between Pisa (Provincia di Pisa,Tuscany) and Massa (Provincia di Massa-Carrara,Tuscany) is : 40.73 kilometers (km). 25.31 miles. The approximate travel/road distance can be around 29.11 miles to 31.64 miles.

As we were driving thru the country I saw it off in the distance. I was so excited. It was like a dream come true. Here I am in Italy. We drove into the city. It was like a fort. We couldn't see the tower anywhere. The signs kept saying we were going in the right direction, but we couldn't see it. Finaly we came around a corner and there she was. It was probably one of the most breath taking moments in my life. I had just come from London and Paris. Two beautiful cities, but to stand there and look at this tower that the construction of this imposing mass was started in the year 1174 by Bonanno Pisano.

The tower was closed for repair so we didn't get to walk up the 294 stairs. I would do anything to go back and climb the stairs. It was beginning to get dark so we headed back to Massa.

Massa was a great city. The town square was full of shops and markets. We ate the best Italian food at restaurants with red and white check table clothes with the best wines. We really didn't want to take the train back.


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