The Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Friday, May 11, 2012

We left Lucca early in the morning and hopped on the train to Pisa. This little city is actually the home of several of Italy's most prestigious universities, but we were there for one thing only: the leaning tower of Pisa.

The leaning tower is part of a church complex, made up of a cathedral and a baptistery. I wandered around the cathedral and baptistery for an hour or so while waiting to climb the leaning tower. I loved the variegated colour of the marble, and the curiously Islamic patterns used to decorate the cathedral windows and the baptistery.

That tower leans a lot! When I got on the first few steps, I felt a bit dizzy because I was trying to adjust to how the tower leaned as I climbed up. At the very top, we got wonderful views of the city of Pisa. But that tower still leaned, which meant that when I made a circle around the top of the tower, I could feel it tipping to one side. Talk about vertigo!

After Pisa, we sprinted to the train station and made our way to Cinque de Terre, a coastal area of five villages perched on cliffs. The views from the train, and from our little town of Moneglia, were breathtaking.

We had a huge feast of seafood on the first night in Cinque de Terre. The restaurant owner kept bringing food and I was wondering when it would stop! We feasted, made merry, had lots of limoncello and grappa. A happy night!
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Mom on

Wish you could spend more time here to see the sights!

Chris on

Wow! Cool! And a university town to boot! I'm getting ideas for further studies...

dad on

So nice to see Pisa throughureyes althoug it was short. At least l know for sure that it is leaning big...enjoy

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