Believe it or not, Pisa was not on our wish list while planning our trip to Italy. While researching about places to see in Italy, several people shared the sentiments that Pisa is simply a tourist trap and that there are other places much more beautiful than Pisa.
After removing Pisa from our to-do list, I used Google’s street view to see how it looks because I thought I would anyway not go there in person. However, the street views of the Leaning Tower of Pisa blew my socks off and we added it back to our to-do list.
And that’s how we decided to take a short half a day trip to Pisa from Florence. From Florence, we took a train to Pisa and from there took a verde (green) color bus to Piazza dei Miracoli. After getting off from the bus stop, as when we entered the Piazza dei Miracoli, we gasped in awe gazing at the beautiful, white marble structure of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The first thought that gushed to my mind was “Oh my God, I am also glad we decided to come here”. It was just like how it looks in the pictures and movies, actually even better in person! With advance reservations, one can climb to top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The piazza was packed like sardines and it was a common sight to see people posing for photographs pretending to push the leaning tower, or hold it from their fingertips, or kick it, etc. It was funny that almost everybody was posing in creative and weird ways. That did not stop me from “kicking” the already leaning tower.
The beauty of this piazza is not just the world renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa. There are other marvels as well, including the Duomo (cathedral), the Baptistry and the Campo Santo (the monumental graveyard). With a free guest pass, we entered the Duomo and wandered around it for a while.
Before leaving this gorgeous place, we spent some time sitting on the grass fields nearby to capture this view as much as possible and also to stay away from the crowd and peacefully admire this wonder.
There is a gift shop nearby and several street vendors selling souvenirs. A miniature model of the Leaning Tower of Pisa was what I bought, to keep it in my home and forever relish the memories.
It was noon by then and we decided to go back to Firenze to go to the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio bridge.