Firenze, Toscana, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Milano and Lago di Como

It was an easy decision: when one of my favorite scientific conferences decided to hold the annual meeting in a hotel at the shore of wonderful Lago di Como, I wrote and submitted a paper. Some days in advance I took a flight to Milano, Italy and went with a rental car to the south.

On a road that felt like a rollercoaster I drove to Firenze and enjoyed the wonderful cathedral Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, that became one of my most favored churches. I took a look at the Ponte Vecchio and the Palazzo Vecchio and checked-out the Galleria degli Uffizi (including Michelangelo’s David and Sandro Botticellis Nascita di Venere (“The Birth of Venus”) ).

Afterwards I continued to Lucca in Tuscany and felt the special atmosphere there. I was unable to continue to Siena (which I will have to visit in the future) and went to Pisa for the Torre pendente and drove via La Spezia and Cinque Terre back to Milano. There I visited the Duomo, San Siro and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II before my conference started.

After a successful presentation I did the mandatory boat trip to Bellagio and said good bye to this gorgeous part of northern Italy. I’ll come back, for sure!

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