Big & Small took the train up from Lucca to the chic Tuscan town of Pietrasanta to enjoy an artisanal chocolate festival and the opening of the stunning Roberto Barni exhibition. The Italian sculptor’s works were scattered around the main square (Piazza del Duomo) and the former 14th-century church of Sant’Agostino. To be honest, our main mission of the day was to snatch up a whole lot of handmade chocolate, but we were pleasantly surprised to discover such a charming artistic enclave full of trendy boutiques, galleries, and restaurants.
Here’s a look at our day and night (when the town really comes alive) in Pietrasanta.
Roberto Barni Exhibition in Sant’Agostino, December 2017
Roberto Barni Exhibition Outside Sant’Agostino, December 2017
Balloon Lift Off
Yes, those are chocolate heels.
Cioccolato di Modica: Specialty chocolate from Sicily with an especially grainy texture that allows the cacao to bounce off every individual tastebud. Small highly recommends the 85% variety.
PRESS PLAY ABOVE TO FIND OUT 7 FUN FACTS ABOUT THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA!
We hate to ruin our undoubtedly cool image (!), but Big & Small are, well, history geeks. So, when we were deciding on a place to settle down for a few weeks in Italy, we chose the cozy, historical town of Pisa. Of course, staying in Pisa for more than 24 hours isn’t your typical itinerary. There’s usually only one bullet point on most tourists’ checklist: a peek at the world’s most famous architectural screwup, the Leaning Tower. Admittedly, this is what Big & Small did on our first trip to the town in 2015. But upon our return, we found there was much more to love about Pisa and much more to learn about its most popular attraction.
Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa, Italy
The Leaning Tower, and the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) in which it precariously stands, is far from a tourist trap; it’s a fascinating window into the rich history and stunning architecture of this beautiful corner of Tuscany. Finding ourselves drawn to the tower far more than we had ever imagined—tourist hordes be damned—we were inspired to learn more about its origins and its ability to stay standing for so many centuries. In this video, Big & Small share 7 fun facts that we discovered about the Leaning Tower, including how far it actually leans and how in the world it hasn’t yet fallen. And did you know it’s not the only thing in Pisa that stands at a tilt?
Workin’ on that lean
Read the Sign! Don’t Be That Tourist!