Another wonder of the world - the leaning Tower of Pisa in
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Seriously, who among us DID NOT read about the Leaning Tower at school?
Who among us DID NOT dream of someday wanting to go there?
And who among us DID NOT expect that dreams would turn into reality.... well someday?
Colour me AGREED on all 3 questions! It's been a dream of mine to visit this wonder of the world, although when planning the trip to Tuscany, that was the last thing on my mind. I always thought that the tower was named after someone named Pisa, and that the tower is in Roma, or the outskirts. So I was thrilled to bits during the trip planning when I found out that it is in Toscana after all, and that I will get my Kodak moment with it!
The day began as usual - a hurried croissant in my room, some God awful sarnies and coffee @ the McDs in the station and off I was on the train to Pisa.
Finally reached the Campo dei Miracoli and there it was, in all grandeur - the LEANING TOWER! I didn't know what to make of it - it looked so small. So small! Even smaller than the Mona Lisa (well, not in terms of size, but I mean in terms of the shock I had).
The place, as expected is a tourism trap of sorts. There's a tower, a church, a baptistry, museums of both drawings and the "dell'Opera", and each of those are so expensive, and you have the usual "combinations" that tourists can opt for, like what I saw in Siena. But the place did look beautiful albeit small. There was of course the trademark Romus and Remelus statues as well.
The church/Duomo was beautiful - nothing we've never seen before but I was highly impressed with the ceiling paintings.
Next stop was the Museo delle Sinopie. This has some brilliant frescoe art, very impressive. I spent about 30 minutes here, longer than expected but I had to wait till 1pm for the climb up the tower.
That's right - the LEANING TOWER, or the Campanile was constructed in the late 12th century. It has about 8 stories, and was intended to be a free standing bell tower. There are so many tales on why this tower leans... some say it was done intentionally whilst some say that the soil it was built on wasn't solid but was water soaked. In any case, the climb up was fun. You can feel the tilt, no kidding! Once atop though, that was another story. Pisa really is a very boring town and absolutely nothing clickworthy from an aerial point of view.
Anyway the day was done, I was dog tired and hot. For the return trip back to the railway station and seeing as I had to visit Lucca as well, I decided NOT to walk but take the bus #4 instead. Even that ride seemed confusing! LOL... riding on it, I realised how utterly redundant the walk was. It's one thing if Pisa were this cliched "cute" European town but it was actually very boring and very industrial....
The train to Lucca (many in frequency btw) was waiting, literally when I went. So caught the train, and off I went....