Pisa, Italy – More Than Just A Leaning Tower

We’re In Italy – Pisa is Obligatory Surely?

Right.  I haven’t come all the way to Italy within sniffing distance of the leaning tower of Pisa not to get a photo of myself propping it up.  That was the day planned – we totally must go see one of the most famous landmarks in the world.

We had already visited beautiful spots during this European Bucket List Trip in France & Switzerland and had already been to Bellagio, Italy – so we just had to add to this mammoth sightseeing trip with something that Superman himself had touched!

A Short Drive to Pisa

The journey from La Spezia, where we had stayed the night before in and Airbnb, to Pisa took just over and hour – a wonderful hour allowing us to take in Italian scenery along the way.  This really is a beautiful country and from the moment I arrived in Italy I had loudly proclaimed my love for it.

We got parked up really easily close by and strolled in the same direction as all the other walkers – there’s only one thing everyone is here for! The Tower!!!

The Leaning Tower

And there it was.  Right in front of us!

The Leaning Tower of Pisa “Torre pendente di Pisa” is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt.

The tower is situated behind the Pisa Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in the city’s Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo), after the cathedral and the Pisa Baptistry.

The tower’s tilt began during construction in the 12th century, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed in the 14th century. It gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

The height of the tower is 55.86 metres (183.27 feet) from the ground on the low side and 56.67 metres (185.93 feet) on the high side. Read More here.

It was a bit of a pinch yourself moment as I had seen it on so many programmes and in so many films.

We rushed manically to get our photos, as did around 1,000 people all doing exactly the same thing….I stopped and gazed around I realised just how mad this place was but it was so much fun! Every single person in the grounds was so giddy to be doing the famous hand prop. Loads of people ran round and hive fived you as you tried doing it.  There is no embarrassment here – yes you look like a chump doing it – but the photo’s are soooooooooo worth it!

We then selfied with the tower

Ate Chocolate Ice Cream with the Tower

Chris pretended he was in a movie and he was going to save the world with the Tower as his backdrop…

Now What?

We had only come for one thing and we had achieved pretty good results if I do say so myself, but we didn’t want to go yet – we’d only been there an hour.  So we wondered around Pisa and made the sightseeing into a full fun day.

It All Began with a Beer

Well all good ideas do don’t they? We had a chill the kids played in the street and we watched the world go by.  Whilst drinking my beer I spotted several Quadracyles going around the town and decided YES! we must hire one! We Must! So We did!

We found the bike office and handed our passports over and around £20 and joined the roads of Pisa.  We soon discovered actually these things are quite hard work! For the first five minutes I couldn’t stop laughing cause it was just so mad – the kids were loving it too – great fun.

Unfortunately we couldn’t keep going as we aren’t right fit – so we stopped for another beer in one of Pisas many excellent watering holes – thirsty work you see – and the kids were getting a bit stroppy as they we’re nearly ready for dinner, so we bribed them with an poundshop/euroshop toy each to keep them going.  Teddy was suited with his Ninja mask and swords.

Everyone was getting hungry now and we needed to get the bike back to the shop – but – Pisa is a one way system.

“FEAR NOT” Chris declared “I can find my way round anywhere”.

Several minutes later with no understanding how on earth it had happened we were on a very busy main road heading out of Pisa with lots of angry Italian shouting and beeping going on.  We frantically pedalled to try spot a road back into Pisa town centre – with luck we found one – but it was going to take us on a massive one way loop of the town again – so we cheekily went the wrong way down a street and promptly handed our bike back. Phew.

Pizza in Pisa – Obligatory

We found a great spot for dinner adjacent to the tower and of course we had to eat Pizza.  It was so good.  We were all content and feeling lovely and warm from our delicious meal. ****food coma****

One More Mosey

All refreshed and full again we went for one more wander around town – this time by foot!  We found really cool graffiti dotted around.

I bought some cool sunglasses from a local market. (I later lost them in Spain on another trip – I loved those glasses 🙁 )

And we all had plenty more time to keep wondering around the famous leaning tower and get more snaps.

Teddy was the Pisa Ninja.

Eva did the classic top of the tower photo

Chris was getting blasé with his tower pushing power now and it required no effort whatsoever to keep it from falling.

I just couldn’t resist a selfie showing off me glasses! I loved those glasses sob.

And that was it! Pisa Done!

We had had a great day and we needed to be heading to our hotel for the night so we left Pisa behind.

What I loved about Pisa was the strange buzz of happiness around it.  As it is a huge tourist destination everyone was elated to be there and the smiles and laughter echoed around the Piazza Del Duomo.  It was a truly pleasant atmosphere.

Why don’t you go see for yourself!

When you go tweet us or facebook us your photos so we can see how well you did with the standard Pisa photos! Mark sure you take in the rest of the town while you are there – and don’t forget your obligatory Pizza for tea 🙂

 

Fran x

 

 

 

 

 

About Frances Stoner 29 Articles
Mum of "The Traveling Family UK" - here there and everywhere - love life and living. I enjoy the odd (bucket of) wine and love trying new food. My kids drive me mad but keep me driven. My husband comes up with the ideas - I execute them - and him. Oh and my dogs....my babies forever! Love them!

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