|Fountain outside the Pisa Centrali station|
There is a beautiful fountain just outside the station which turned out to be a popular snapshot point. Few meters away, we could spot a skating surface quite popular among the locals.
|Skating surface quite popular among locals|
The streets that led us to the ‘Leaning Tower of Pisa’ were largely commercial in nature. The famed Arno and lovely ponte across it leads to the ‘Historical Center’ that finally leads to the complex. Along side this street there are some popular brands and restaurants dotting both the sides. Though one has to admit that Pisa could still manage to preserve its town-like feeling. Apart from the main commercial street, there are few other streets, worth visiting in the town.
|Clear blue sky in the backdrop|
We finally reached Piaza dei Miracloi, the main tourist complex of Pisa, which apart from the Leaning tower, also houses other monuments like Duomo Di Pisa and the Bapistry(Battistero). Against the popular misconception, the compound has multiple monuments around the Leaning tower of Pisa and all of them are worth visiting. Leaning nature of the tower is attributed to the marshy nature of the land that was the base of the tower during construction.
|The Leaning Tower of Pisa|
There is a convenient tourist center located within the complex that can provide useful guidance on how to divide time (and money) among the monuments. On most clear days, one can view scenic mountains behind the Leaning Tower. The front gardens are quite appealing and clinically maintained. One can easily spend 3-4 hours in the monument complex.
- Leaning Tower of Pisa Souveniers
- If you must, T-shirts.
- Pisa is a relaxed one day trip from Florence.
- If travelling with less luggage, you can go from Florence to Pisa and then from Pisa to Venice.
- Stayed : One Day Trip from Florence.
- Stayed at : Hotel Embassy, Florence – Yes, highly recommended.
- Traveled with my better half on a single Day trip
- Traveled in regional Train from Florence in January 2013.