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Pisa

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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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  • Day12

    Leaning tower of Pisa

    September 2, 2017 in Italy

    Visited the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Now, this took about 150 years to build, but the lean started when the second story was added. But they still continued building? Crazy people.
    The tower is only 55M tall and it now stands at about 4° of a lean.

  • 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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  • Day8

    Day 8: Pisa & Lucca

    October 16, 2017 in Italy

    After these past days in cities it was time for less busy area’s. On our way to the coast with destination Lido (near Viareggio) we had to stop at Pisa and take some typical touristic shots.
    We made a lot in the hope of being original or better and had a lot of fun doing this. The tower is famous for standing in this angle and I also tried to make this a bigger angle in some ways ;-).
    With seeing this highlight we didn’t stay longer in Pisa, Lucca was our next stop and is less touristic and less busy. For this time of year it wasn’t that busy anyway and in Lucca we parked inside the walled city and rented some bikes to bike over the Wall.
    This reminded me of the Wall of Xi-an in China where I also rented a bike to bike on the wall around the city. Also this time we rode the track twice, one clock wise and one counter clock wise :-D. We brought the bikes back and went for diner in the centre of Lucca.
    On a nice square, we enjoyed some food & drinks outside and moved to our accommodation in Lido.
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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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You might also know this place by the following names:

Pisa, بيزا, Горад Піза, Пиза, Πίζα, Pizo, پیزا, Pise, פיזה, पीसा, ピサ, პიზა, 피사, Pisae, Piza, पिसा, Пизæ, پیسا, ปิซา, Lungsod ng Pisa, Піза, Pixa, 比萨

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