Pisa & Florence should be on everyone’s list of places to visit when in Italy. They are picturesque Tuscan towns. I could spend many summers in Tuscany, strolling through Florence, eating at all the restaurants, and taking in some of the best views of Italy. Of course while visiting Pisa we went to Miracle Square and climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I am scared of heights but it was well worth it! Stunning views of the lush, Tuscan countryside made me never want to leave. It’s truly not a scary climb and it’s a breathtaking moment being at the top so even if you’re afraid of heights, do it! I promise you won’t be sorry! We ate lunch at a restaurant right in the Piazza Santa Croce in Florence. The Basilica of Santa Croce (the church of the Holy Cross) is beautiful. It completes this perfect Italian square lined with shops, restaurants and apartments. After lunch we went to the Piazza della Signoria. A copy of Michelangelo’s David is there in front of the town hall. After seeing all the beautiful sculpture’s in the square we decided to do a bit of shopping on our own. The guide recommended this tiny store off of the Piazza Santa Croce called Italian Loves. The two gentlemen there guided us through Tuscan wines, olive oils and pesto as we gathered up gifts for our family. This shop should be on your “must-see” list in Florence. They have all the Tuscan wines, local olive oils, vinegar, and pesto’s that you could dream of! We have decided on our next Mediterranean cruise we shall be partaking in the Tuscany cooking class excursion to truly taste Tuscany! I cannot wait!!