Just a Pisa Italy
Leaving Florence, we made a pit stop in Pisa. It's known for, you guessed it, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The height of the tower is 55.86 metres (183.27 feet) from the ground on the low side. The tower has 296 steps. The tower is also made of white-marble cylinder and is the bell tower of the striped-marble cathedral that rises next to it in the Piazza dei Miracol. The Leaning Tower isn't quite how I had imagined it either. I thought the tower would be obviously leaning, but you can only see the leaning from far away. Once you get closer it literally just looks like a giant tower standing tall and straight. In order to get the cheesy picture, it's not just standing next to the tower. For the picture to look how it is suppose to, you must jump on top of a concrete vertical block and stand on it. When you see most people's pictures in front of the Tower of Pisa, you'll probably notice that MOST people are off to the side. One reason for that is because no one is allowed on the grass in front of the tower. They have this gate that surrounds the square of grass with a no walking sign. However, it is really easy to just step over the gate and snap a quick picture. A lot of people got on the grass, but if you're on there for too long they'll scream at you in Italian until you get off. It reminded me of the scene from the movie, Princess Diaries, where Mia is walking on the grass. In the movie, security is yelling at her over the intercom in several different languages until she gets off the grass. The town of Pisa is very tiny, but as you can imagine it has many tourists drawn to the leaning tower. In this piazza is the cathedral, the baptistery, the campanile (Leaning Tower of Pisa) and the camposanto (cemetery), that is it. I did tour the cathedral in Pisa, which was absolutely beautiful. Lots of history and art inside this cathedral. If you look at my picture in front of the tower you will notice I didn't do the typical "holding up the tower" picture. As much as I wanted to, I physically couldn't. That day my eye was weeping water all day. I must have gotten something in it. Every five minutes it would just fill up with water and I couldn't see out of it. I tried dabbing it with my shirt and pouring water in my eye to rinse whatever was in there out. Nothing worked. But when I tried to get my picture (while my eye was weeping) things got worse. The way I was facing was towards the sun. Literally, my eyes were blinded by the sun causing my weeping eye to water up even more. I couldn't even keep my eye open because so much water was in it. At that point, I just wanted to get a picture to prove I was there and be done. I am disappointed I didn't get the typical cheesy picture, but hey I've been there and I have documentation I was there. While it isn't the typical picture you usually see in front of the tower, it's proof I was actually there. Anyway, as far as I saw, there's really not much to see or do in Pisa. I couldn't imagine spending a week there. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity to see the Leaning Tower, however once you've seen it there's no need to go back. It's something to see and do in your lifetime. Oh well, I can cross off taking a picture by the Leaning Tower off my bucket list.