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Saturday’s scene: Storm clouds over Pisa

2012/09/22by Donna Hull

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Leaning Tower of Pisa on a cloudy day

Alan and I hadn’t planned a visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa on our Boomer Road Trip to Northern Italy. But, we were running ahead of schedule so our guide Claudio Fontana of A La Carte Italy Tours suggested that we stop to take a few photos of the famous bell tower. Scaffolding surrounded the top of the tower, which truly does lean —it no longer has bells, by the way. Did you know that it took over three centuries to construct the tower once the ground floor of white marble was begun on August 8, 1173?

Have you visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Post a comment to share your experience. Although Alan and I are happy to have seen it, this is one of those been there, done that, don’t need to see it again type of boomer travel experiences for us.

You’ll find an entire section about our Road Trip in Northern Italy in My Itchy Travel Feet: Breathtaking Adventure Vacation Ideasavailable at the Amazon store



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September 22, 2012 at 10:57 am

We took a train from Florence to see it and enjoyed it. It is one of those iconic things that you’re glad to be able to say “I was there!” We climbed the Tower but unfortunately, my husband sprained his ankle on the way down, so it wasn’t that great of a day for us! I enjoyed the walk through town and over the river to the train station. There’s not much to do there, but it’s a cute little town.
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Mark H September 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I have visited twice and happy to have done so both times. More impressive than the tower is the whole main cathedral square (Piazza Miracoli?) with an exquisite cathedral, bapistery and beautiful walled cemetery. The light changes at various times of day. It does get unpleasantly crowded but many more are interested in thr leaning tower than the other buildings and thr bapistery and cemetery can often be strolled with relatively few people.
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Hogga September 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Definitely something I need to see one day..

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Donna Hull
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September 26, 2012 at 7:58 am

Hogga, you’ll have to put Pisa on your list.

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