Pisa is a small city near Florence best known for its freestanding bell tower affectionately called The Leaning Tower Of Pisa. This tower was built to ring the bells for the beautiful cathedral that stands beside it. The tower, whose construction began in 1173, was engineered improperly for the soft soil it sits on causing the tower to slowly sink on one side. The construction continued bit by bit for almost 200 years! Construction on the tower started some 300 years before Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue – that gives you a little time perspective – this thing is ancient! Recently the tower was straitened a few degrees and stabilized to insure that it will stay around for years to come. Megan and I felt like Pisa would be a huge tourist trap but if we were in the Tuscany region how could we not stop by and see the tower, I mean come on, it’s Pisa.
The tower is most certainly the biggest attraction of Pisa, however, the Cathedral it stands next to is an amazing work of art in itself.
Walking along the river at sunset is quite nice as well. We spent a couple hours during sunset and dusk walking up and down the river, it was lovely. The crowds were thick but lessoned as the sun was setting.
Pisa does have a great transportation system. Buses come from every direction and many of them land their passengers right next to the tower. Just remember to buy tickets off the bus usually found in tobacco shops to avoid paying too much!
The bed and breakfast we stayed in was very nice. One of our favorites so far! I would highly recommend staying there. It only takes about 10 minutes on the bus to get to the tower. If you find yourself in near Florence or anywhere in the Tuscany region, definitely spend an evening in Pisa! It is totally worthwhile!