Because my (Rob’s) cousin Caroline was getting married in Italy, we decided that it was a great excuse to see some parts of the country that we haven’t seen before. The first on the list was Pisa.
We were told that Pisa can be done in a day, and I’ll revise that to say it can be done in 3 hours. This is not to take anything away from the views of the Campo dei Miracoli, because it is quite stunning.
The Campo contains a lovely cathedral that was started in 1063 which has bronze doors created in the 16th century.
There is also a battistero, baptistery, that was started in 1153 and finished in 1260.
The the pisa de resistance (sorry couldn’t help myself…) is the Leaning Tower. This is actually called the campanile which Bonanno Pisano began in 1173.
The tower actually was suppose to be 7 layers high, however only 3 were built before it started tilting. Turns out the foundations weren’t solid, but instead were water-soaked clay. Construction was suspended for a century before work resumed. It was finally finished in the 14th century.
It current resides at a ‘stable’ lean of 5.5 degrees and the top is 4.1m off the perpendictular.
Admittedly we didn’t climb the Leaning Tower and didn’t go into the cathedral or baptistery. Perhaps if you did do those, you might be in Pisa longer than 3 hours.
Regardless, Pisa is still a must see!