Florence and Piza
My friend was stationed in Italy so I went to visit her a couple of times. We took the ITT trip that took us to Florence and Pisa. I never took ITT trips while I lived in England but think that they are great especially if you are not adventurous enough to travel on your own. By the time I got to England, I didn't mind it so much!
Duomo or Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore
Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore was started in 1296 and completed in 1887. This church was completed in stages and dominates the area as you can see from the banner picture above.
Fountain to Neptune
The Fountain to Neptune is found in the Piazza della Signoria. It was built in 1563-75. The people of Florence also call this the "Il Biancone" because the portions are not right. It translates to the Big White One.
Leaning Tower of Piza
The Tower of Piza was built as a bell tower for the cathedral beginning in 1173 and took 199 years to build. You can pay to visit this and the cathedral. It is best to book ahead.
Leonardo Da Vinci's Birthplace
Leonardo Da Vinci's Birthplace is actually in a village between Pisa and Florence. He was born here on April 15, 1452. Da Vinci was actually an illegitimate child between the domestic servant and the house owner!
It has a lot of his drawings from the local area and the inventions that he dreamed up in real life.