Italia 2012. In which a childhood dream comes true

If you’re coming to Pisa then it must be to visit the Tower. Of course there are other things to do here but I can’t imagine anyone doesn’t put the Tower first.

I’ve wanted to see the Leaning Tower for as long as I can remember so, as Clare will testify, I spent much of today wondering around with a beaming smile and taking many pictures just to get ‘the right one’ of the Tower itself (tip: go into the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and take shots from their garden).

By the way, don’t think you are the only person to try the whole comedy ‘holding up the Tower’ photo. Everyone does it.

There is more to Pisa than the Tower. The cathedral and Battistero, in the same square, have stunning architecture and are strictly vertical. However let’s not pretend the Tower isn’t the main draw and once you’ve seen the surrounding buildings there is little else to draw the tourist that matches the celebrity of the Tower.

Pisa itself is clearly a university town. Angry graffiti adorns many walls (‘Occupy’ and ‘No Debt’ messages are currently in vogue) and eating is geared towards take-away kebabs or pizza and smaller, cheaper restaurants.

Following the size of Rome it was good to be somewhere you can walk around in a day and take a leisurely pace to exploring. Next up is a day trip to Florence.

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