The Leaning Tower is a sight to behold. When walking to the tower, there is a 1 in 1 chance that you and the person next to you will stop in your tracks and say, “Wow, that thing is seriously crooked.”
Imagine a conversation that the first architects might have had as they looked at the initial work done on the tower and began to notice it was sinking into the ground.
“Bonanno, ma secondo te, pende?” (Bonanno, do you think it’s leaning?)
“Ma no, Gherardo, che stai dicendo? Hai bevuto? Non pende… beh, aspetta, se la guardo di qua… forse si.” (No, Gherardo, what are you saying? Have you been drinking? It’s not leaning… well, hold on, if I look at it from here.. maybe a bit.)
But tourists who just need to cross “Torre di Pisa” off their “must-see” list will actually get much more than they are expecting. Because the Tower is located in one of the most beautifully manicured and grand piazze in Italy: Piazza dei Miracoli. Home to the Torre di Pisa, the Duomo, and the Battistero.
Galileo is not only famous for dropping two balls of different masses from the Leaning Tower (which may or may not be true). His pendulum experiments were actually inspired by his observations of the swinging chandelier while he was attending (but undoubtedly not exactly listening to) mass at the Duomo.
So if you are planning on just driving through Pisa, make sure to add a few hours so that you can visit the Duomo and Battistero as well. Then sit on the grass, do some people-watching (the tourists who are looking for the best spot to take the “I’m holding up the Leaning Tower!” photos are an endless source of entertainment), and take it all in. You won’t regret it!
Enrica was born in Italy, raised in the United States and is now living in Senigallia, on the coast of the beautiful Le Marche region. A marketing consultant in a past life, Enrica is now a freelance translator. Recently, her creativity and passion for telling people what to do has also “translated” into an event planning business.