From the 2 star Hotel Stella Mary Florence there are several
exciting day trips from Florence.
Known worldwide for its famous Bell Tower, Pisa is easily
accessible from Florence. In a little over an hour by train
this small city on the right bank of the Arno River makes
an ideal day trip. The main sight is of course the Leaning
Tower of Pisa. Situated in Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of
Miracles) construction began in 1173. The tower began to lean
after construction of the third level due to a poorly laid
foundation. Completed in 1372 the tower underwent strengthening
works in 1999-2000.
Other sights in Pisa include the Duomo with its stunning
mosaics and bronze doors. The Baptistery dedicated to St.
John the Baptist is the largest Baptistery in Italy. The Camposanto
is said to be the most beautiful cemetery in the world. Bombed
in 1944 by allied aircraft it has now been restored to its
Declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Siena is a one
hour bus ride away from Florence. This beautiful walled medieval
city has been perfectly preserved over the centuries. The
main square, Piazza del Campo, is unique for its shell shape
and uneven ground. Housing many public offices, shops, restaurants
and bars, this square is one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Twice a year the famous Palio horse race takes place around
the edges of the square and leads to days of celebratory parties
for the winner.
The Duomo constructed in the 12th century was intended to
be the biggest cathedral in the world. However, after funds
ran out, construction was quickly completed. Many famous works
can be found inside including the Gothic octagonal pulpit
The walled town of San Gimignano is best reached by car from
Florence. Famous for its medieval architecture and its bell
towers, this glorious town can be explored in one day. In
the 4 main squares, 14 Bell Towers out of 72 still remain
Visible from several kilometres away, the surrounding countryside
is breathtaking. Take the tourist path around the walls for
incomparable views. There are several important churches including
Sant’Agostino with a wide variety of works by Renaissance