Pisa, Italy

Leaning Tower of PIsa
Leaning Tower of PIsa

Pisa is best known for its leaning tower. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the freestanding bell tower of the city’s cathedral.

Tower and CathedralI traveled to Pisa with my father. We rode a train from Florence to Pisa; the entire ride is very beautiful. Tuscany is such a picturesque part of the world. Its rolling hills, vineyards and cypress trees create lovely landscape.

Dad and I arrived in Pisa around 1 p.m. and headed straight for the Piazza dei Miracoli. It was a bit of a walk from the train station, but would have been a nice stroll if we weren’t bogged down by all of our luggage. We picked up some sandwiches to go on our way to the plaza. When we arrived, we plopped down on a grassy patch near the Leaning Tower and enjoyed a nice picnic. We also shared the bottle of Moscato that the lovely ladies I worked with during my internship bought me as parting gift. It was a great way to enjoy the beautiful view.

Leaning Tower of PisaAfter that we walked around the tower and got shots from all angles. I took every cheesy picture I could think of… holding the tower up, punching it down, jumping, cartwheels. We also explored the cathedral and Baptistry of St. John. We finished our tour of the plaza around 4 p.m. and headed to figure out where our Eurolines bus was picking us up. We found the stop fairly quickly, and had a small bite at the cafe near the bus stop.

Our bus was scheduled to arrive at 9 p.m. (thankfully it was about 20 minutes early, so we were able to get on around 8:40 p.m.), so we killed time by walking to another little cafe and drinking a cappuccino. I was so nervous that the bus wasn’t going to show up or that we were in the wrong place, but everything worked out well and we were able to get on without any problems. Our seats were right at the front, which was really nice, because we didn’t have anyone reclining their seats into our laps. The bus ride was long, but fairly comfortable. We arrived in Naples the next morning around 6:15.

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