After a particularly lovely 24 hours spent wandering the streets of Florence, we decided to drag ourselves away for the day in order to see one of Italy’s most famous landmarks; the rather bizarre Leaning Tower of Pisa.
We purchased our return tickets for only 16 euros and hopped on a train at Firenze Santa Maria Novella station, arriving at Pisa Centrale in just over an hour. It’s easy enough to know which way to head from there; just follow the steady flow of tourists! I was also pleasantly surprised at how pretty the city itself was. I’d been told to expect nothing but fast food restaurants, dirty streets, and overwhelming crowds. In fact, there were some lovely buildings, typical Italian style shuttered houses, and a particularly beautiful river!
After about ten minutes, you’ll suddenly get a glimpse of the imposing white tower, reflecting the sun in the distance.
Close up, the tower is just as weird and wonderful as you would expect. The lean seems even more pronounced and the colour white looks fabulous against a blue sky.
If you’re brave and willing to wait, you can even take a trip up to the top!
The only downside? The tourists.
Yes, I know, I know, I am a tourist! But still, it does get very frustrating when you’re trying to get a nice photo or even to just enjoy the moment, and you’re constantly having to sidestep groups of people armed with their precious selfie sticks, determined to get that perfect shot!
After multiple attempts at our own “casually leaning against the tower” photo (I can’t count the amount of times we tried but were thwarted by another person strolling in front), we managed a couple of very unsuccessful ones. By that point, I’m not going to lie, the heat was starting to get to me, I was starting to get cranky, and was in desperate need of a nice cold coke.
Overall, I would definitely say Pisa is worth a visit if you’re in the area. I don’t think I could spend more than a day there (there didn’t seem much to do apart from the tower), so I would suggest doing what we did and staying nearby in Florence. The tower is certainly impressive though, and it’s a nice thing to check off the bucket list!
Have you guys ever been to Pisa? What did you think? And would you like to go?
Just a quick update as well! My blogging schedule has been a little thrown off in the past month by exams and holidays, but I’m determined to get it back on track! From now on, I’ll be posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, attempting to get all posts up before 12pm. Mondays and Fridays will be something Travel or Lifestyle related, while Wednesdays and Sundays are dedicated to Beauty.
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx