Pisa, The Leaning Tower and a Surprise

I didn’t have a lot of time to spend in Pisa. I was in Tuscany as part of a Mediterranean cruise and had spent the majority of my time in enchanting Florence. I arrived in Pisa by train and took a taxi from here straight to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa to save precious time.

What I saw on the taxi ride to the tower was a pretty town, with a river running through it and some lovely architecture. I’d heard from a few people that there was nothing to Pisa other than the tower and the area immediately around it, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that this didn’t look to be the case.

When I stepped out of the taxi the first thing I could focus on was tourists. So many tourists. It was crowded, with everyone attempting various generic poses holding up the tower. It was a pretty comical scene to be honest.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Ignoring the tourists I found myself more drawn to the buildings around the Leaning Tower within the piazza, rather than the tower itself. Sure, its lean is pretty impressive, and its pristine facade with endless identical white pillars is definitely something I’m glad I got to see.

The other buildings in the Piazza dei Miracoli were far more interesting to me. I had never seen pictures of them before, whereas I’d seen so many of the world-renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa.

The Baptistry of the Cathedral of Pisa was my favourite. It is also constructed of marble and is a wonderful example of both the Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles. I actually found it to be far more impressive than the tower itself!

The Baptistry of the Cathedral of Pisa

The Baptistry of the Cathedral of Pisa

The shape of the baptistry is unusual and the details on it are intricate and interesting. I loved it.

Pisa Cathedral, Duomo di Pisa

Duomo di Pisa

The Duomo, which is the largest building in the square, is imposing and beautiful. Its angular shapes contrast against the circularity of the baptistry next to it.

In the end I regretted only having an hour to spend in Pisa. I definitely want to go back another time and spend more time in the city. I’d love to have to explore the interior of the baptistry and the duomo. Seeing the rest of the city, that I only managed to catch a glimpse of through the glass pane of a taxi window,  is an absolute must if I’m lucky enough to be back in the Tuscan city.

7 Responses to Pisa, The Leaning Tower and a Surprise

  1. Anna Marie

    Thanks for sharing. I’d never read or seen anything about the surrounding buildings. Great and different perspective about a famous location!

    • Emma Gray

      Thanks Anna Marie, I’m glad you found it useful :)

  2. Scarlett

    Lol tourist ruin everything! I’d love to go to Pisa,it’s nice to see something about the other surrounding building too x

  3. Caitlyn

    The street leading down to the Piazza dei Miracoli is nothing but a circus! However, it is pretty amazing when you do see the tower for the first time. I love the baptistry, it’s like a giant cupcake!

    • Emma Gray

      Describing the baptistry as a giant cupcake is genius!!

  4. Lauren | JustinPlusLauren

    I’m also glad to hear that Pisa isn’t a boring place with nothing to do – that’s what I’ve heard, too! There’s more to it than the tower and it all looks amazing! Hope to travel there soon!

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