It's really leaning
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March 17th, 2009 – by: cotterb
I'm glad I did go to bed a bit early because it was about 7am when the dorm woke up. I laid there until 8 since I wasn't in a rush and wasn't sure what my day would look like. Yesterday I had the idea to go to Pisa. I had looked at the schedule and found that it was a 3 hour train ride and would only be a about 60 euro round trip. Since I hadn't been there before I thought I could make a day of it....and did.
I actually only bought a one-way ticket since I didn't know what time I would be returning but on the way there I realized I should have at least looked to see if there was a return trip.
Even though I was in a rush I walked to the Leaning Tower instead of taking the bus. The train station is at the far south end of town, and the tower at the far north, but the walk isn't bad. There's lots to see and tons of people around since this is a college town. Just as in Rome, it was sudden....I walked out of a quaint alley and boom....there it was.
It actually is leaning....yes I expected something different since they had been doing work on it and would actually let you walk in it.
I was able to get a ticket quickly and spent a few minutes before to use the restroom (there's one near the ticket office for .30€). The tower is actually part of a large square containing a Cathedral, Baptistry and the tower. All of it is inside of what's left of a stone castle like wall. Around it all are hundreds of people laying in the grass and enjoying the day. The temperature here is warm enough I would be uncomfortable in shorts. That puts a damper on visiting churches, but really....don't they all look the same on the inside?
The 'tour' was great. Well worth the 15€ (see my review) and I found time to hit the internet cafè before my train back.
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