Thursday, May 30, 2013

Day 1 Continued - Pisa, Italy

While on our way from Florence to Pisa we saw some gorgeous scenery.  Apparently it had been raining for months before we arrived and the day we flew in was the first sunny day they had seen.  We were very fortunate to have gorgeous weather our whole stay.  The day we left it began to pour again.  Everything was so lush, green and blossoming.  Several areas we passed looked just like scenes from a movie.  Villas, vineyards, orchards and old fortresses dotted the landscape. 

The field of miracles, where the leaning tower of Pisa is located, was very beautiful and much more spacious than I expected.  The tower is situated behind the Baptistry and Cathedral.  Again, I was very impressed with the beauty and architecture of these buildings. The tower's tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure's weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed, and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized.  We had the chance to climb the 296 stairs to the top of the tower.  The marble stairs have been so worn down from years of use that they each have a big dip in them. The view from the top was spectacular! I'm not fond of heights so I did a great impression of spiderman while trying to stay away from the guard rail, but it was definitely worth the climb.


The Cathedral

The Tower

The View From the Top

Some of our Group

The Stairs

By dinner-time we were pretty much exhausted so we stopped by a pizza place near our hotel.  The tuscan pizza was very different from ours.  The dough was made without salt and the sauce was tomato sauce without any spice added.  We noticed that they use very little cheese and toppings.  It was good, but I liked the pizza in Milan much better.

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