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  • Day6

    Wenn wir schon mal hier sind...

    February 12 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    ...dann schauen wir uns halt auch das schiefe Türmchen an 😅 hab ihn mir größer vorgestellt, aber ja gut, so is es halt manchmal 😂 hier is es heut so unfassbar warm...richtig sommerlich ☀️ Wir werden uns jetzt mal ein schönes Plätzchen am Strand suchen, bevor Blue hier noch der Pelz wegbrennt 😅

  • Day25

    Pisa, "Drive Inn" am schiefen Turm

    October 29, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Wenn man an Pisa vorbei fährt, kommt man an ihm garnicht vorbei. So hielten wir selbstverständlich auch an um uns den weltbekannten Glockenturm aus der Nähe zu betrachten. Und hier waren wir natürlich nicht allein. Aber erstaunlich war es allemal, wie krumm das 1173 zu errichten begonnene Bauwerk da steht (erst 12 Jahre später, beim Bau der 3. Etage fing der Turm an sich nach Südosten zu neigen. Die Schieflage beträgt aktuell 4 Grad).Read more

  • Day42

    Pisa

    May 19, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    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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  • Day79

    Popping over to Pisa

    October 16, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌫 10 °C

    Pisa is less than an hour train ride from Florence, travelling the infamous Trenitalia. We had done some research on the quickest and cheapest way to get to Pisa. We even went to the nearest train station to check on the ticket machine to confirm. All signs pointed to buying the tickets prior to boarding. So we woke early and walked to the main central station to find that the tickets for some reason had doubled in price. For a moment, it felt like we were on the Amazing Race and needed to board the train in less than 7 minutes. This was after getting lost on the way to the station, eating up our time buffer. Tasks were divided up: Ricky books tickets online and Jason checks the platform number. With 3 minutes to departure, we boarded the train en route to Pisa.

    We had heard that Pisa wasn't worth a long visit, but we were pleasantly surprised. We couldn't visit Italy and not visit the nation's most famous monument: the Tower of Pisa. Having left before the crack of dawn, a strategy that Jason seems to be implementing on a more frequent basis, got us to the learning tower before hordes of tourists descended upon the monument. Our expectations were not high. In fact, we had read that the lean had been slightly corrected. So we were expecting a slightly leaning Tower of Pisa. But the Tower did not disappoint. It has hard not to think of all the history behind the tower, particularly Galileo’s experiment that disproved the ancient theories of gravity. And of course, there's the opportunity to take a cliché picture leaning on the leaning Tower of Pisa or trying to push it over.

    But the amazing race did not stop there.

    Next stop: Cinque Terre.
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  • Day9

    Pisa

    June 27, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    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

  • Day23

    Pisa

    September 21, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Well what a day we had. We had relaxed so much in the Cinque Terre that we lost track of days and on what was meant to be our check out day, we spent at Monterosso al Mare relaxing and enjoying what we thought was our last day. Imagine our surprise when we returned to our accommodation to shower and get ready for a nice night out, only to discover a letter attached to our front door saying we were suppose to have checked out by 10am and our belongings were at the office. Because my phone had been off all day we had missed the many frantic calls and messages from our host. He was relieved that we were still alive.

    Talk about embarrassing. Once we realised our mistake we managed to do a panicked packing of luggage on the alley steps while working out what trains to catch to our next stop in Pisa. Talk about a big mistake. There we were in our board shorts and beach attire, not feeling fresh at all, catching two trains to get to Pisa. Thankfully our accommodation at Pisa was a hotel and their reception was open until 10pm. We made it with about an hour to spare.

    Once we got over our frazzled nerves (having discovered a few important items were still in our last accommodation and we needed to make the trip back the next day) we were able to truly appreciate the location of our accommodation for the night. We walked straight out of our building, looked left and there was the Leaning Tower of Pisa. AMAZING!!

    We were able to wander down the cobblestone lane and explore the area around the tower without any crowds. It was us, a few other tourists, and some armed army personnel that guard the buildings. It was such a fabulous feeling. After a couple of night time shots we found a great restaurant and finally fully relaxed over a glass of delicious Italian wine and a plate of yummy pasta. We knew we would have a full day tomorrow having to return to Cinque Terre to collect the rest of our belongings to then get back to Pisa for Brad’s scheduled tower climb, but for the time being we got to relax and enjoy the evening.
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  • Day24

    Torre pendente di Pisa, Venice

    September 22, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We woke up early today as we had a big day ahead of us. After losing our planned time in Pisa yesterday due to forgetting what day it was, instead of today being an easy travel day to Florence we had to retrace our steps back to a Riomaggiore (two trains there and two trains back) to collect our belongings and still find time for Brad to climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa and for us to check out the other amazing buildings in the square. And then we had to make our way to Florence.

    Somehow we managed to fit it all in. After waking very early we made the quick walk back to the Leaning Tower of Pisa to photograph it in the early morning light. Once again there were very few people around, so we were able to take some great photos without the crowds. And then we made it back to Pisa in time for Brad to do his scheduled climb of the Tower. I sent Brad up to the top with the camera while I relaxed with a coffee and just admired the view from the ground. I have found some of the climbs a bit claustrophobic and didn’t want to face the climb today.

    Brad loved the climb but did say it was a bit disconcerting at times as the steps sloped one way and the building another. And he mentioned the wear on the stone steps after years and years of people climbing the steps. He did take some great photos for me to admire.

    The Torre pendente di Pisa, Leaning Tower of Pisa, is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt. The tower is situated behind the Pisa Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in the city's Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo), after the cathedral and the Pisa Baptistry.

    The tower's tilt began during construction in the 12th century, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure's weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed in the 14th century. It gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

    The height of the tower is 55.86 metres from the ground on the low side and 56.67 metres on the high side. The tower has 296 or 294 steps; the seventh floor has two fewer steps on the north-facing staircase. Prior to restoration work performed between 1990 and 2001, the tower leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees, but the tower now leans at about 3.99 degrees.

    This is one monument that Brad just absolutely loves and it makes him smile every time we’ve seen it. I’m just glad we managed to get back in time for Brad to do the climb.
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  • Day24

    Piazza dei Miracole, Pisa

    September 22, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    One of the parts that makes the Leaning Tower of Pisa so special is its location in the Piazza dei Miracoli, the Square of Miracles. The piazza is a World Heritage site that was formally known as Piazza del Duomo and is a walled 8.87 hectare area that contains the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Graveyard and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

    It assumed its final appearance in the 16th century after demolition works, new buildings and the restoration of the monuments. However, it already existed in early medieval times, where there was a church devoted to Santa Maria and a small hexagonal Baptistery. The area was also used as a seat of Etruscan tombs.

    The expanse of deep green grass against the white marble of the historic monuments is just beautiful and walking through the gates to that view the very first time was breathtaking. It truly is a special place.

    Aside from the amazing structures the square is famous for, I love the Fallen Angel sculpture situated on the lawn beneath the Tower. It is a bronze sculpture of the body of Icarus, the son of Daedalus who dared to fly too near the sun on wings of feathers and wax. It was first displayed in the Piazza dei Miracoli in 2012 as a temporary exhibition but is still there today.

    Created by Polish sculptor, Igor Mitoraj who passed away in 2014, it is a powerful piece of art and it certainly fits right in with its historic surroundings. It is a fine example how the contemporary art can complement the ancient one.

    ‘The presence of the Angels has a symbolic significance, which is that of finding a minimum of serenity and peace’ - Igor Mitoraj
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  • Day337

    Day 338: To Florence, via Pisa

    January 18, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    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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  • Day41

    Pisa tower

    September 5, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    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😉

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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