Pisa, Florence, Livorno,San Gimignano, Volterra : & the beaches along Tuscany

Tuscany is a beautiful region in Italy. There is just so much to see and so much to do here! Its home to the famous Pisa, beautiful beaches and the capital, Florence which is the home of some remarkable arts! Its diverse natural landscape encompasses fields of Sunflowers, Blue pebbly beaches, old towns making it one of my fondest road trips in Europe! 

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How we got there: Took a 1-hour train from La Spezia to Livorno with a free stopover in Pisa!

The first stop we did on our Tuscany Trails is to Pisa. Typically involves just a few hours where you get to take cheesy photos of the Leaning Tower, which I admit, and guilty of having so much fun doing it! People watching and laughing at how silly other people's poses are part of the Pisa experience! The Baptistery of St John which completes the whole landscape of Pisa is just as amazing. as its exterior is intricately designed 

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This is about the most creative shot we could get without being cliche! haha!

travel to livorno tuscany italy, summer in livorno, what to do in livornoThe next stop in Tuscany was to visit a darling friend, Tonchan, in Livorno where we stayed in his unusual forest house situated deep in the woods past the wheat fields. It was about 30 mins drive off central Livorno!

He constructed this amazing house from scratch by himself! And it has an amazing outdoor bbq pit where he threw us a welcoming party with food he skillfully prepared!
Tonchan, is an eccentric person and an amazing host!  His gracious ways include driving us to the secluded hidden beaches of Livorno and cooking delicious food.

Tonchan hosted us for a night and then we proceeded to Florence. Because of his special self, I decided to return to Livorno for a few days after my sister and cousin went back to Singapore.
Knowing that I am such a beach bum & so is he, the next few days spent with him are to the different beaches in Tuscany and road trips to medieval old towns! So I can't complain! :p
He drove me to the Rocky Beach, White Sand Beach, Old Castle Beach; I don't exactly know their names because these beaches are scattered all along Tuscany Coast.

The outdoor bbq place where it can host about 100 pax! AMAZING!
This was so fresh, so full of flavour & I'm badly craving for it now!!
Honestly, the best thing about befriending a local in a new place is that you can rely on that person to bring you to hideouts! This secret beach is off the beaten path but we got to swim in the clear sea with sea urchins, fishes, and octopus! 
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To get here, we parked the car somewhere along the main road. Walked off the beaten tracks and into a "NO ENTERING ZONE", past the under the tunnel and out to this secluded sea spot! *Locals' secret
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Tonchan has this floating bed where he would tie himself to a rope attaching this float and swim to the middle of the sea pulling us along with it! So much fun and certainly out of the ordinary
This one was at the white sandy beach as they call it! Apparently only one in Livorno. So beautiful, they even built this Stick Teepee! Although, here's a warning! Somewhere near the beach is a Factory where they dispose their water straight to the sea. I swam here although I notice none were actually swimming and got a urinal infection for a few days! NOT COOL. I only notice the Factory when we were about to go home.
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When in Livorno, you have to stop by this bakery dessert place called Pasticceria Cristiani. its the top 5 best bakery! Packed it and head down to the beach to enjoy it!
This was taken at a beach right next to an old castle!
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Me on a pitstop on the way to Volterra! This is called Staccioli Sculpture;  stunning metal circle that frames the landscape and begs us to consider Tuscany’s rolling hills a work of art.

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I remember standing in between the Sunset and the Rising New Moon and the feeling was just magical. Looking at this stunning view and just absorbing its energy from both the old and new. 
I remember that after this trip, I got so incredibly tanned that I can never get back to my natural skin colour! haha! If you love beaches and is travelling to Italy, I suggest dropping by Livorno or maybe just exlore the beautiful beaches along Tuscany as they are all so relaxing and worth the visit!
Famous Roadtrips you can go while in Tuscany: Volterra & San Gimignano
Tonchan brought me on a road trip to two famous and stunning medieval city, The first roadtrip right after the beach was to Volterra! I was so excited to visit because its the place where Twilight was shot! I grew up reading and watching The Twilight Saga so this was amazing to me! Actually, this city was shot many times for different fiction films due to their amazing ancient Roman feels. But in Twilight, This city is the home to the oldest and most powerful clan of Vampires!
Look at me all smiley and glowing. This happens when you are enjoying life ;)
We also had dinner at this amazing famous restaurant in Volterra where this fully-tattooed-chef insisted on sharing with me the strories of his body art. So amusing!
How remarkable! We admired the towers surrounding us in the town square, also there's this famous Gelato Ice Cream Shop that you have to try!
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 The next and last day, we went to an Italian Hilltown, southwest of Florence called San Gimignano aka The Town of Fine Towers.
Thats tiny me surrounded by magnificent old towers!
This place reminds me alot of scene from Beauty and the Beast especially because of the old well behind me!
So there is this cool shop that sells handmade weapons from films like Game of Thrones, Lord of The Ring etc. I actually got that tiny sword! Lovely handicraft
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So of course, I am not forgetting the capital of Tuscany, Florence. Oh how beautiful and charming this is city! I absolutely love it! The famous art square, the museums, the cafes, the Gelatos, the bridge!
Our host is an enthusiastic Salsa dancer who taught us a thing or two. Brought us to taste the best coffee and best gelatos in town! Rode on a Vespa around the city! Imagine 3 girls and a guy on 1 Vespa- INSANELY FUN!
With beautiful arts, good coffees and divine selection of gourmet, I really love my time in Florence
I actually enjoy having my nice cup of coffee while people watching. Italians are nice to look at :p

I think Tuscany, in general is an amazing part of Italy that I definitely enjoy most. The beautiful beaches and art truly are mesmerising. Its easy and completely understandable why some people picked Italy as their top country to visit for a vacation!

Keep travelling 

1 comment:

  1. jasmine! when i take somebody to white beach, i chek before the wind and wave direction, we was in the south, with water wave coming from south and the water of industry going in the north~no problem~