Off the Beaten Path
After leaving the Medieval Wall behind us, we had seen a chruch that looked interesting. Chiesa di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria. We hesitated for a moment, not sure if we could enter and how awesome that we could and we did! http://www.turismo.pisa.it/it/cultura/dettaglio/Chiesa-di-Santa-Caterina-00002/
There were just a few people inside, more than likely worshippers coming in for a few moments of quiet reflection instead of tourist. We were very respectful and quiet as we were walked through the church, amazed at the beautiful architecture and display of religion.
If you have ever been in an old building as this the first thing you notice is the smell. It is not a bad smell, it just smells like old stones. It was cool and peaceful inside, so nice after leaving the tourist behind when we took off on the wall.
We were so enchanted with the beauty of the church. Off the beaten path for sure. We have both discussed how we enjoyed coming here more than the Cathedral in the Square of Miracles.
After we left, food was our game! Hungry from our walking and exploring, we found Cafe Miami Pisa. It is literally on the corner of Via Santa Caterina and Via Carlo Fedeli.
What was so cool was that we got a seat outside under and umbrella and was able to watch life go by. Horns honking, clothes on the clotheslines down the street of Via Santa Caterina and people all over the sidewalks and the streets. It was Italian daily life. We loved it!
The food was delicious and the service was great! What a great day so far. After our lunch we headed out to the Square of Miracles. In my next post, I will have the Cathedral, the Baptistry and the Camposanto.
As always, comments or corrections are appreciated. I hope you’re enjoying this adventure so far as we weave our way through Italy and all of it’s beauty and wonder.