The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Baptistry next to the Duomo in Pisa

Close-up Baptistry architechture (1)

Close-up Baptistry architechture (2)

The Duomo of Pisa

The Duomo and Leaning Tower of Pisa

Statue of Romulus and Remus and Shewolf (1)

Statue of Romulus and Remus and Shewolf (2)

Buildings around the Campo dei Miracoli (1)

Buildings around the Campo dei Miracoli (2)

Fountain in the Campo dei Miracoli in Pisa

The River Arno in Pisa

Santa Maria della Spina along the River Arno in Pisa

This morning we left La Spezia and headed for Florence stopping in Pisa along the way to see The Leaning Tower. Construction of the Tower first commenced in 1173 on sandy silt subsoil and began leaning before the third floor was completed in 1274. The structure was completed in 1350 and by 1817 was leaning over 12 feet from vertical and by 1995 was at a tilt of over 17 feet from vertical. The Tower was closed to the public as being unsafe until recent engineering interventions reduced the lean by some 14 inches and the Tower is once again open to the public for an energetic climb to the top. We arrived in Pisa about 11:15 a.m. and after depositing our packs in the stored baggage area we headed across Pisa since the "Campo dei Miracoli" (Field of Miracles) where the Baptistry, Duomo and Tower are located was on the other side of town over the Arno River away from the train station. It took us about half an hour to walk to the Campo dei Miracoli and the first glimpse of the tower was quite breath taking...just like the views of the Tour de Eiffel and Arc de Triomphe in Paris. We spent about an hour and a half enjoying the square and the architechture before heading back to the train station to catch a 2:00 p.m. train to Florence. On the way back to the train station we saw the Santa Maria della Spina Church built alongside the river Arno between 1230 and 1323 to house a thorn (spina) from Christ's Crown of Thorns.

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