If you haven’t noticed, I went on holiday to Italy recently – although if you follow me on Instagram it’d be impossible not to know! 😉 Our villa (read about it here) was perfectly located and was close in distance from both Pisa and Florence so it provided us with a perfect base for exploring the surrounding area. Oh, and if you haven’t taken a look at Clickstay yet now is the perfect chance to as I’ve managed to nab a unique discount code for £50 of ALL bookings of £500+, simply enter HelloCuppies at the checkout. Beat the winter blues and have something to look forward to! It’s what keeps me going.
Back to Pisa
We actually visited the very first day of our holiday. I’d been told by quite a few people that after seeing the tower there isn’t actually a lot more to do so assumed we’d be there a couple of hours then we could move on to somewhere else.
I cannot remember a time when I didn’t know what The Leaning Tower of Pisa was, everyone is aware of it but until you see it with its highest point set twelve feet off its vertical, the ‘lean’ really takes your breath away in person. It really exceeds expectations!
Everything gleams. The church, the bell tower. It’s all limestone structures coated in white marble and it’s stunning. For you clever-cloggs that already know why the tower tilts this next sentence isn’t for you 😉 But, if like me, you have no idea why it tilts then here it is; when construction started in 1173 the ground was too soft on one side of the site, and this soft foundation caused the building to start slowly sinking as soon as the workers began constructing the second story — this is why the building tilts – you learn something new every day!
Hands up who else thinks it looks a bit tiered cake-like? Everywhere I go I think of cake!! Just me?
Located in the ‘Piazza dei Miracoli’ (Square of Miracles) along with the stunning cathedral, baptistery and cemetery, which together make up one of the finest architectural complexes in the world. Before visiting Pisa I had no idea that the leaning tower is just one of the many stunning buildings here and the stunning cathedral is well worth a visit.
We actually bought a ticket for €18 which gave access to both. Naively I hadn’t even realised you could climb to the top of the tower so guess what we did… we climbed to the top, all 284 steps, a ‘tall-order‘ in itself but it was a ‘pisa-cake’ really. (puns totally intended)!
Strangely, as you’re climbing you can feel the lean and it made us feel ever so slightly disorientated. Nothing major and all worth it just for this view.
Take a bottle of water around with you. Even if it’s empty, you can fill it up at the water fountain and it’ll help you catch your breath when you reach the top.
I love this photo of my Mum and brothers even if they do think it looks like some kind of dodgy ad for a crime/thriller TV programme – that made me laugh.
Wave at the people at the bottom. I guarantee they’ll wave back.
Next stop, we ventured over to the Cathedral which is actually one of the most ornate and indeed amongst the most impressive Cathedrals you will see in Italy!
No one ever really tells you this but it is so beautiful inside. Just look at the gold ceiling! Even if you’re not into churches and architecture you’ll still be in awe.
We carried on wandering the Square of Miracles, savoured the architecture, and people-watched and fell into hysterics over the photo attempts to support the infamous structure. Part of the fun is watching people trying to make some new pose by kicking, holding, pushing the Tower! You name it, they’ll try it!