You see, Andrea Ascari, the owner/operator of the hotel also houses onsite seven of his 22 vintage motorcycles that he owns and cares for. He gladly gives very informative tours of the motorcycles to all the guests of the hotel for free, all part of the package you might say.
His website is here: LINK The hotel information can be obtained here: Corte di Sogni
Here's a small write-up of his collection and hotel in the Italian MotorValley website.
In my last post, I showed a picture of the converted former barn that we had stayed in. Turns out, the bedroom we slept in was right over the room where the onsite motorcycle collection is housed!
Maserati only produced motorcycles between 1953 and 1956
so they're quite rare. He obtained this one when he was 15.
Lovely hosts/proprietors of Corte di Sogni.
Too soon, it was time for us to go and drive to Potendere to visit the Piaggio Vespa Museum. Alas, we got there and found that they're closed on Mondays! Doh!
an old street car, wedged in as part of the main entrance
to the museum.
We drove onto the city of Pisa and found our hotel after a bit of heavy traffic and searching, even with the GPS, parking wasn't obvious till we walked in and had things explained to us.
We relaxed in the hotel till about 30 minutes before the tour we'd booked online to climb up to the top of the Tower of Pisa was due to start. Bottom Line: Not sure it's worth the cost.
We had a bit of a kerfuffle when we found out 10 minutes before our turn came that bags of any kind weren't allowed, to include Martha's small purse and my camera fanny pack! We rushed over to the nearby luggage office and checked our stuff in and made it back in time.
the history of the tower, I didn't realize it was hollow on the inside
After a climb of some 300+ marble steps, we were at the top (so we thought) and took some pictures.
Took lots of pics of the surrounding cityscape but will instead defer to the panos below to give you an idea of the views.
As we moved our way around the tower, we were then shown a small entrance that led even further up the tower....all the way to where the bells are mounted!
So, our 30 minutes were up, and we all headed down the same steps we took on the way up.
Once back on the ground, Martha retrieved our bags and I helped Miles secure this "epic" pose with the Tower of Pisa as the main subject:
Later on, around 7:30 PM, we went out for dinner, on the way we enjoyed the way the "golden hour" lighting illuminated the Cathedral and Tower:
Dinner was at a little street side tratorria. The food was good and Patrick mistakenly ordered the Spaghetti Bolognese thinking it was "al pomodoro". Still, he was a tropper and ate almost half of it which surprised and pleased both myself and Martha. He got himself a McDonald's credit to be used later in the vacation as a reward.
By the time we were done, it was past twilight and the lights had come on to barely illuminate the buildings.