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  • Day18

    Back into the car for a short drive to Pisa. We have been following Stefano in the car for the last four days. Didn’t lose him once. He had to follow us for 600 metres – didn’t follow us when we turned off. Graham won’t let him live that one down!

    I don’t know what people go to Pisa for more – to see the Leaning Tower or the people all pretending to hold it up. How that thing hasn’t fallen down I don’t know! I refused to pretend to hold the tower up for a photo, but peer pressure and all. Picture is attached. You can see how thrilled I was. Ernie had a crack but I don’t think he’s got the hang of it yet.

    Went to a restaurant for the last supper (well lunch anyway). I couldn’t quite finish my meal and had left 1 ½ tortellini and Stefano was aghast that I was going to send it back to the kitchen. Apparently it would make Jesus cry. Stefano helped me out by finishing it and said “Ok, Jesus is happy now”. We have laughed every day at the funny comments Stefano comes out with. I love the relationship the Italians have with their food – no wonder they are such fabulous cooks.

    Said a sad and tearful goodbye to Deb, Stefano and Ernie. It has been so special spending the last week with them. Stefano put together a fabulous itinerary and we feel we have seen the real Italy, but then who better to show it than an Italian. We have had many laughs and have made many special memories with them. I hope one day we can repay them. Every gelato from now on will be in their honour. Then we said a not so sad goodbye to our hire car, but not before we got lost in La Spezzia and drive through a market, oops.
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  • Day42

    Pisa

    May 19, 2017 in Italy

    Hadn't thought too much about Pisa before heading there to see the Leaning Tower and to be honest didn't think too much about it having been there. Having looked for parking beforehand a few websites had mentioned avoiding certain carparks for fear of thieves and as I am on permanent crimewatch since the bikes were stolen I was feeling wary anyway! When you arrive it does seem pretty dodgy as every corner there's a chap trying to sell you something. At least the Prada bag there may not have cost as much in Milan...

    Went to see the Tower but decided against going inside. The area where the Tower is, with the Baptistry and Duomo - the only three things referred to in the guidebook and I can kinda see why - is immaculate and full of tourists, but otherwise the city appears to be made up of university buildings, tourist shops and restaurants. Altogether we were in and out within about an hour :)

    This did however allow us to get back in time for a swim in the pool, as we have done - in typical Brits on holidays style - everyday. Have attached a picture of the pool and the view.

    Typing this from inside the tent as a massive thunderstorm is raging above us. Onto Rome tomorrow which I think will look even better
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  • Day9

    Pisa

    June 27, 2016 in Italy

    What, other than the Leaning Tower? Not much...

    But the tower is breathtaking. To see it at last, after first learning about in maybe 50 yrs ago at school...wow. Truckloads of visitors, well, busloads I guess. Parking for maybe 150-200 coaches, but thankfully not full! (tourism is down a lot due to the economy and security concerns in Europe it seems...lucky us!). Many hawkers with all manner of relevant and irrelevant trinkets...from tower souvenirs to blingy rap-themed ball-caps...duh??? Just thousands of people but free entry to see the Tower and Cathedral (the tower was originally to be a bell-tower for the Cathedral. Oops!).Read more

  • Day41

    Pisa tower

    September 5, 2016 in Italy

    Who doesn't know the leaning tower of Pisa? Funny how one man's mistake in 11th century lead to world famous attraction. Beside the leaning bell tower(that you can actually visit!) there are also cathedral and baptistry on the square. Amazing sights. And let me tell you, it looks bigger in person😉

  • Day19

    Day 15 - Pisa

    April 27, 2017 in Italy

    Today we were in Port for 12 hours. Troi and I went off ship from about 9 until 2.

    NCL had a 5 euro shuttle bus to get us of the pier to the Terminal. Then we took a 15 Euro bus trip to Pisa, about 45 minutes from Livorno. Then we were given close to two hours at the Tower.

    Adequate signs (we found our way to the tower) directed us the 15 minute easy walk to the entrance.

    We tried that morning to book tickets online but it wasn't possible. So we went directly to the ticket office. We could get Tix to walk up the tower at 11:30, about 45 minutes after our arrival. Ticket included entrance to the Cathedral as well.

    Girl at the desk told us to leave our bags behind the tower.  I took a little walk around the back side of the tower but couldn't see what she was talking about so asked. The cloakroom was actually a good 200m away. We had to have our bags dropped off and be in the line 10 minutes before out time. Many missed the bag information. If you are not there at the designated time you lose your spot and your entrance fee.

    There are something like 284 steps. Open to the public are 257 in two different sections. The last couple of floors is up to where the bells are.  We just happened to be there at noon, when the bells were rung. Quite loud, but it made our trip upstairs a little interesting.

    The climb up was weird, you have no real concept of where you are - on the up or down side of the 'lean' - but you find that the climb is easier or harder. Sometimes you sort of fall into the outside wall than somewhere else you fall onto the inside wall.  
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  • Day2

    Pisa

    April 11 in Italy

    Knapp 400km Fahrt bis Pisa standen heute auf dem Plan. Auch diese verliefen Dank freier Autobahnen relativ problemlos. Hinten rechts wurde mal bissl gequengelt, aber alles bestens.
    Je weiter südlich man fährt, desto schlimmer wirds auf den Straßen. Da wird einfach mal der Weg im zweispurigen Kreisverkehr geschnitten, auf der linken Spur auf der Autobahn quasi ne Vollbremsung hingelegt weil der Blick auf‘s Handy wichtiger ist als auf die Straße, Omas laufen mit Rollatoren quer über 4 spurige Straßen... Wahnsinn.
    Aber: Heil geblieben, Hotel top, günstig und zentrumsnahe. Kleinen Touristen-Stop beim schiefen Turm (ja, er ist wirklich schief) eingelegt und noch was einkaufen gewesen. Morgen Intensiv-Sightseeing geplant.
    Schön auch hier wieder die Touristen-Kollegen aus Fernost zu beobachten, die tausendfach das gleiche Halte-den-Turm-fest-damit-er-nicht-umkippt-Bild machen... Geht gar nicht...

    Abendessen selbst zusammengestellt, Oliven, nach Tomaten schmeckende Tomaten, Mozzarella, feinster Nussschinken, Erdbeeren und lokale Bierspezialität😊 Seh gut👍🏼
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  • Day3

    Pisa II

    April 12 in Italy

    Nach erneutem Besuch beim trotz besseren Wetters immer noch wirklich schiefen Turm ging es anschließend in die Altstadt Pisas.
    Typisch mediterranes Flair, Leute sehr nett, kleine enge verwinkelte Gassen, knatternde Mopeds, Cafés und Gelaterias an jeder Ecke, alles bisschen schief und abgenutzt, aber funktioniert dennoch...
    Schönes Städtchen, das für einen Tagesausflug allerhand zu bieten hat und einen Besuch definitiv lohnt.
    In den Gassen abseits der Touristentrampelpfade kann man sogar noch halbwegs günstig, vor allem aber gut und original einheimisch esssen... sehr gut👍🏼
    Auch Finnja hat trotz Husten und Schnuppen ihre Liebe zu 🍕und🍷offenbar entdeckt😊
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  • Day337

    Super busy day today, one of the busiest we've had in ages! Up early and out the door, bidding a fond farewell to Cinque Terre. Caught the all stations train eastwards to La Spezia, the small city just outside the bounds of the national park. Here we changed again and caught the train to Pisa.

    Pisa is obviously well known for the Leaning Tower, but the World Heritage site here actually covers not just the tower, but also the Cathedral and the Baptistry as well. We dropped our luggage at the station (4 euros per item was a bit steep, but the lady compromised and let us leave two small and one large piece for 8 euros).

    As is often the case, the station was a fair way from the old centre, so we caught a bus across town to where the complex is located. It's an odd sight to see - something so familiar, and yet actually in front of you for the first time. The famous tower is actually the bell tower for the cathedral, and to my amazement the cathedral is a grand building of white marble - extremely beautiful and impressive. I've seen the tower so many times, it seems incredible I'd never really seen the cathedral before!

    Wandered into the complex and decided to check things out. Quite a few tourists around for the first time in a while, though obviously nowhere near as bad as it gets in summer! Lots of people doing the lame "holding up the tower" photo pose which I think is trite as hell, and supremely uncreative. Doing it with a dog though is totally different, though I realised later it almost looks like he's throwing a Hitler salute.

    The tower climb is 20 euros each, so we'd decided to pass on that, but the Cathedral was free so we went turn about inside it. Very impressive! Obviously quite similar to a lot of cathedrals we've been in, but this was built almost entirely of white marble - Pisa was very rich in its day, and the enormous marble quarries of Carrara aren't too far away (we'd been past some of them on the train).

    The Bapistry was quite cool as well, a very large domed structure with almost perfect acoustics. I was lucky enough to be inside when a ticket checker wandered over to the middle and started singing which sounded super cool. It was a bit overpriced though at 6 euros; not a whole lot to see inside.

    Finally we looked at the tower. The reason it leans so much is because it's 60 metres tall and made of marble, but the foundations are only 3 metres deep and in soft soil rather than rock. It took 200 years to build, though it was on hold for about 100 years while they fought a war with Genoa. The lean began almost immediately after only a couple of years, when they'd only built the first two levels. To counter-balance it, the upper floors are actually trapezoidal - the lower side of the lean has taller walls than the higher side, if that makes sense. And the crown on top is almost vertical.

    It was slowly leaning further and further over the years, until it got to about 5.5 degrees in the early 90s. After about 10 years of engineering, it now leans about 3.5 degrees, isn't moving, and will be stable for a couple of hundred years. Lucky!

    Visit finished, we caught the bus back to the station and grabbed a late lunch at McDonalds (it was now around 2:30pm) and waited for the train. Eventually it arrived and we piled on, heading for Florence which only took an hour or so.

    Our place was pretty easy to find, just a couple of blocks from the cathedral but out of the tourist area thankfully. Only problem was that there was absolutely no grass around for Schnitzel to pee on! Eventually had to settle for taking him to a grassed plaza about five minutes away - annoying. Stayed in for dinner with some cold cuts, cheese, and bread.
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  • Day7

    At the end...

    October 13, 2016 in Italy

    Heute Morgen habe ich mir noch ein kleines Frühstück in einer Bar mit Blick auf das Kunstwerk von Keith Haring gegönnt. Ich bin viel entspannter als am Anfang meiner Reise. Beim Kaffee wusste ich noch nicht genau, wo der Bus zum Airport abfährt und wo genau ich das Ticket dafür lösen muss. Ich war mir sicher das wird sich finden. Hat es auch, war am Bahnhof super ausgeschildert, einem Pfeil mit der Aufschrift Aeroporto verstehe auch ich und Ticket kann man auch noch beim Fahrer lösen.
    Man muss nicht alles haarklein vorbereiten, du bist viel flexibler, wenn du spontaner planst.
    Beim nächsten mal würde ich einiges anders machen, aber diese Erfahrung muss man erstmal machen. Ich hatte alles durchgeplant, weil da auch ein wenig die Sorge war, sich allein und unmotiviert zu fühlen. Deshalb waren auch meine Tage so voll und es gab so viele Orte, die ich auf der Agenda hatte. Es waren zu viele (für Florenz hätte ich mir definitiv mehr Zeit gewünscht). Ich hatte mir Filme auf mein Tablet geladen, um die Abendstunden füllen zu können, ich habe nicht ein einziges Mal auf „Play“ gedrückt, war immer sehr spät in meiner Herberge. Das Leben draußen ist einfach spannender. Ich hatte witzige, interessante, kuriose und spannende Begegnungen, mit Menschen, die ich sicher nie wieder treffen werde, die mir aber Erinnerungen und Erlebnisse beschert haben. Ups, jetzt wird es ja fast sentimental.
    Ich werde es definitiv wieder tun. Ich bin gut klar gekommen mit meiner Gesellschaft. Man sollte eben immer mit jemanden verreisen, den man mag 😌und offen sein für Menschen die einem begegnen (Ausnahme – plumpe Anmache der italienischen Gigolos).
    Ganz ehrlich, der nächste Flug ist schon lange
    gebucht ☺, Silvester werde ich in der Stadt von Gaudi verbringen.
    Mit fast zwei Stunden Verspätung bin ich wieder in Hahn gelandet. Es ist furchtbar kalt in Deutschland. Heute morgen noch im Straßencafé gefrühstückt und jetzt hocke ich mit Tee und Decke da.
    Ab morgen hat mich der Alltag wieder...obwohl ich gerade das Gefühl habe, als wäre ich ewig und nicht nur 10 Tage weg gewesen. Liegt wahrscheinlich auch an der Menge der Eindrücke.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Pisa, بيزا, Пиза, Pizo, Pise, פיזה, पीसा, PSA, Písa, ピサ, Piza, 比萨

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