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Posted by Heliocentrism on April 25, 2018

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

So many people wanting a hi-5

Pisa is a pleasant little town with not much to do. Everything you will go to Pisa to see is set in a little square you can circumnavigate on foot in about 20 minutes. Also in the square are all the touts trying to get you to buy their non-sense. Right outside the square are many souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants.

When we got to Pisa, I had the beginnings of a cold. A slight fever and a scratchy throat wasn’t bad enough to make me stay home, but I was glad to be in Pisa where there wasn’t a lot to do. We walked around taking photos of the leaning tower. Then we started taking photos of people doing weird poses next to the leaning tower.

We didn’t climb up the steps of the tower. This wasn’t because I was feeling under the whether. We just didn’t want to. It might sound strange to go all the way to Pisa, Italy and not climb the tower. But, we just did not want to. It seemed like a lot of work for very little pay off. Plus it cost €18. Maybe if we had a burning desire to be at the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, if the cost weren’t so high, if there was an elevator, or if I weren’t sick we might have done it. Instead we sat in the shade on ground level and stared up.

We did go into the cathedral. It was very nice inside. There was a €2 audio guide box that we listened to before walking around. It told us what to look for and explained the history of the church.

For lunch we found a grocery store and ordered a sandwich. We got some drinks, fruit, and snacks. We went back to the square and ate near the tower as we people-watched. It was a very relaxing day.


Italy

How to get there:

You can enter this country by land, water, or air.

Phone:

  • 113 – police
  • 115 – fire
  • 118 – first aid

Website:

Data:

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Books: 

Notes:

  • Many of the streets and walkways are paved in cobblestones making it harder to walk on with the wrong type of shoes.
  • Apparently, you can drink from any of the water fountains you see.
  • Watch out for pick-pockets.
  • Get your tickets ahead of time when going to see popular things.
  • You never know when you might what to check out a basilica. So, make sure to dress properly, or you won’t be let in.
    • Not shorts. Make sure that at least your knees are covered.
    • No sleeveless shirts.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Basic Information

Website

 

Cost:

  • €15 + (booking fee if you buy it ahead of time)
  • You can buy various combo tickets of all the building and museums around the tower.

Hours:

  • 9:00 – 19:00
  • Closed Mondays

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Map:

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