My visit to Tuscany’s Pisa

Thursday, October 13, 2016

When you think about Pisa, there’s only 1 thing that pops in your mind – The Leaning Tower of Pisa. This city was the last place on our Tuscany tour

The drive from San Gimignano to Pisa takes 30-60 minutes. A lot of us on the bus used the time to nap. I would find myself randomly waking up and snapping a quick photo of the Tuscan country side. I tried to stay awake to take more photos but my body was saying something else.

When we arrived in Pisa, our bus dropped us off at a parking lot. Sandra our guide surprised us with a tram! Instead of walking, we went around town in this cute tram. Since it was the end of the day, the tram was a welcome change to walking.

The vibe in Pisa was for more laid back than Rome or Florence.

I know we have this in the Philippines but I couldn’t help myself. It was nice to see something familiar and colorful.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is actually part of the Piazza dei Miracoli together with the Duomo of Pisa and the Baptistery. Piazza dei Miracoli is another Unesco World Heritage Site.

Depends on where you stand, the tower looks straight. We only had 30 minutes to explore Pisa so I prioritized and stayed outside. I was happy taking exterior shots of the buildings.

Architects in the past tried to straighten The Leaning Tower of Pisa and were unsuccessful. You can go inside and climb the tower for a view of the Piazza.

One of the things I wanted to accomplish on this trip was to hang out in some park, sit on the grass and do nothing. Check! With an awesome view to boot. 

Tourists with the standard tower pose. It may look silly or cliché but hey, how many people can say they did that? I suggest thinking of creative poses and execution before you visit for a truly memorable photo.

Not to be forgotten the Duomo and Baptistery are marvels as well.


I love how the sun hits the Baptistery.

All the buildings are done with amazing detail.

I didn’t do a lot in Pisa but I was sincerely happy just seeing the Leaning Tower. I didn’t expect it to be that massive. I am very familiar with how it looks like from photos and films but seeing it in person still gave me goose bumps.

* This post is part of the Walkabout Tuscany Tour. Visit this link to read about the tour and to check out the other places included in the tour.

The Florence leg is part of the 2013 Birthday Trip. Check out the itinerary here. The rest of my Florence posts are here:
Part 1: My home in Florence
Part 2: Original Florence Walk Tour 
Part 3: Leather shopping at the San Lorenzo Market
Part 4: Walkabout Tuscany Tour Overview
Part 5: Walkabout Tuscany Tour – Siena

Part 6: Walkabout Tuscany Tour – San Gimignano
Part 8: Favorite Bakery
Part 9: Barberino Designer Outlet

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