Bratislava is the proud capital of the Slovak Republic, situated in the west of the country at the border to Austria. In fact, the city is so close to Austria once there was even a tram line planned to commute between Vienna and Bratislava. Today there is no such tram, but by train it takes only about one hour to get there and in summer there are boat cruises along the Danube between the two capitals. In winter though it is much more quiet, especially during Covid there was not much going on on the streets and you almost felt like having the city for yourself.
Although not the only large city in the region of Tuscany, Florence is widely recognised as unofficial capital of the world famous region in Italy. It is a town full of history and passion. Not only do you get to experience word class art and architecture but also delicious food and the best wine in the world. It is truly the heart of the region.
My last time in Florence was in 2016. A few years later in 2021 I had the chance to revisit the city. Due to Covid it was much more quiet with less tourists and emptier streets, but as vibrant as before. Florence hasn’t changed much, it is as beautiful and magnificent as ever.
The city of Pisa, more precisely the Cathedral district, was the heart of the Pisan republic for many centuries. Grandiose buildings were envisioned and constructed here, luckily they prevailed and can still be visited today.
Between the 11th and 15th century Pisa used to be a wealthy and powerful republic in todays Tuscany. Architectural masterpieces were built and wonderful art was created in this time. Pisa was a center of culture and commerce for many centuries. But like any successful state it was surpassed by another place, in this case by the sea republic of Genova. Pisa was largely forgotten but luckily the cultural heritage survived the centuries.
Envisioned and built in the 12th century, the Cathedral district of Pisa in Tuscany is truly a place of marvel. Sure, we all know the leaning tower of Pisa more as a funny mishap in architectural history but you cannot miss the brevity and majesty of these buildings in the way they must have been built many centuries ago.