Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Italy 1 - Pisa and its Tower

Pisa on your Italy itinerary

Pisa can be a quick stop when travelling from Rome to Venice. The leaning tower of Pisa is wonder of the world due to the unintentional tilt in the tower.

The Leaning tower of Pisa

The 56.70 m tall tower began leaning since its construction began in 1178. Its construction was halted twice and resumed with its construction spanning  344 years.

The tower itself was constructed as a bell tower to the cathedral of Pisa. 

The complex includes a cathedral, bell tower and baptistry. Cathedral (Duomo di Pisa) houses artworks by several prominent artists.

The bell chamber was added in 1372 in the building.

The city of Pisa

Pisa is the capital city of province of Pisa in the Tuscany region. 

Pisa was a powerful Maritime Republic in the 11th century. But its fate declined 1284 onwards after it suffered a major defeat at the hands of Genoese fleet. 

Pisa is a university town. It is said that of the 100,000 residents of Pisa, 60,000 are students.

If you are stopping for a short day trip in Pisa, you are recommended to walk your way from the station to the tower. Drop your luggage at the station lockers and look for the very hel information center.

We were provided by a map of the city and suggested routes to the tower from the information center. By walking through the city, we were able to discover Pisa, it beautiful river side, cafes, market stops, and buildings.

Frescoes on the ceiling of the archway 

The visit to tower timed. The view for the top of tower is spectacular.
View of Pisa from the Leaning Tower 

If you have more time of hands you could explore Pisa's other monuments, squares and museums.

About Pisa: http://wikitravel.org/en/Pisa
About getting to tower for Pisa Centrale: http://www.livornonow.com/how_to_get_from_pisa_centrale_train_station_to_the_leaning_tower_of_pisa

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