Pisa, Italy

October 15, 2009

Pisa is, of course, most famous for it’s bell tower, aka the leaning tower of Pisa.  Our port of entry was Livorno; the main city associated with this port is Florence, but much else is accessible from Livorno.  The tour we chose went to Pisa which everyone knows about, and Lucca, an old walled city that is not so well known.  We will cover Lucca in the next entry.  Both cities are in Tuscany, a region of central Italy.

The old town of Pisa, where the famous tower is, is walled.  This was another repeat visit for me, and once again, the current visit was much better and more memorable.  The facade of the leaning tower is sparkling; I did not remember how incredibly detailed the outside of the tower is.  The tower is once again open to the public, though we did not have time to go in on our tour.    We did, however, get to go inside the cathedral, which is gorgeous.  The chandelier in themiddle is famous because it was used by Galileo to investigate the law of pendulums.  As you can see from the photo, the floor is an amazing mosaic.  Our tour guide warned us about the gypsy pickpockets, but we were fortunate enough to not encounter any of them.  We did see many Nigerian vendors who had sheets out in the parking lot areas, where they were selling imitation designer items such as purses, belts and sunglasses.  The point of the sheets as display areas is that they can gather the corners together quickly and leave the area without having to abandon their merchandise.

We still have not been inside either the bell tower or the baptistry; it would be worth going back to see those.

There are a couple of additional photos here.

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