Travelling Back in Time: October 22, 2005

Saturday, October 22, 2005: The Leaning Tower of Pisa

We woke up early and enjoyed our now daily ritual of “due cappuccino” at our local cafe. Weary of the crowds and rain in Florence, we decided to take the train to Pisa, which was appoximately one hour away.

After some frustrations dealing with the so-called “Biglietto Veloce” (fast ticket)
machines that weren’t so fast, we finally purchased our tickets to Pisa and were on our way to see that famous monument that has graced so many pizza boxes – the Leaning Tower of Pisa. One hour later, we arrive at Pisa Centrale and what do we do? Stop at McDonald’s for cheeseburgers and fries. I guess we were hungry for something from home, even if it was craptastic fast food.

We walked off our grease bombs as we made our way to the Campo de Miracoli, where the Tower, the Baptistry, and other buildings I can’t remember the name of are located. We walked around for awhile – me soaking up the sun and warmth like a cat – and then bought tickets to ascend the Tower an hour later.

The Tower Thing.

After a quick lunch at a local cafe, we made the “arduous” climb of the Tower, although I was actually disappointed that it wasn’t more difficult. I was expecting a real workout to help me negate some of the gelato and pasta I’ve been scarfing down. Ah, well …

The climb wasn't hard, but these narrow stairs made it a wee bit claustrophobic

The view from the top of the Tower was breathtaking – a 360° view of Pisa and surroundings. After climbing down the tower, we took a well-deserved gelato break and talked about coming back to Tuscany, as the scenery we saw on the train was amazing.

For some reason, I felt compelled to do this.The top of the Leaning Tower, obvs.

Back in Florence, we walked around the open air market near Mercato Centrale and bought some souvenirs. After our market tour, we bought some pasta takeout and headed to our room for a quick dinner and packing up for our trip to Rome. Can’t wait to see the Eternal City!

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2 responses to “Travelling Back in Time: October 22, 2005

  1. Congratulations for making it to the top of the leaning tower of Pisa! We did not do that as it was very hot when we were there and I think I would have passed out if I had to take that circuitous stairs all the way to the top.

  2. Yes, the weather was quite mild so the climb was easy. I can see where you wouldn’t want to do that in the heat! You must go back someday – the view is worth it!

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