Verona to the Leaning tower

After my time in Milan i headed to Verona, it is a city of love, and the city in which Shakespear based his play Romeo and Juliet. It’s an old city with archaic buildings, a coliseum and plenty of castles. I wandered the streets with no real idea of where I was going, I stumbled upon Juliet’s grave at a beautiful house on the edge of town. I also visited Juliet’s house where hundreds of tourists packed in trying to get a photo grabbing Juliet’s breasts,  I must say I was no better. It was amazing to be there in such a historic place, it wasn’t much like the movie “Letters to Juliet” portrays the area, but it is still quite beautiful none the less.

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Juliet's grave house
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Juliet's house, no that is not Juliet
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Copping a feel

I climbed up the hill that overlooked the city after fondling Juliet, it was a truly magnificent view.

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After a day in Verona I moved on to my next town. I went to Bologna where the Ducati factory was, unfortunately I needed to book a week in advance as they were super busy this time of year. So I decided I would have to come back later to see the factory.

Florence was next on my list and the furthest south I wanted to go before heading back to France. Initially I was quite taken back at the sheer size of Florence. It is a huge city! After finding a park I walked around for hours to see all the old buildings, I was guttered when I was told I could not see the statue of David as a school group had hired out the entire Galleria for the day, I thought that was a bit rough. The city felt much more dense and tightly packed in that other places in Italy, which gave it more of a claustrophobic and busy feel to it.

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I managed to see a different statue of David set up on the hillside
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Pisa was only an hours drive away, so that was my next stop. It rained a bit in the afternoon which is quite a rare occurrence which made it quite nice, it lowered the temperature a bit which was good, it has been piping hot over the last couple of weeks, it is reminding me of my time in Asia!

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The one thing that struck me about the leaning tower of Pisa, is (ironically) how much of a lean it is on! It’s really properly leaning over!

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