The Leaning Tower of Pisa│The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italian – Torre pendente di Pisa) is one of the most remarkable architectural structures from medieval Europe. It is located in the Italian town of Pisa, one of the most visited European cities. This freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt. The tower’s tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed, and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Tower of Pisa stands at 60 metres and until 1990 was leaning at about a 10 degree angle.
We drove from Verona to Florence and dropped our bags off at the “hotel apartment” (a spacious mini-apartemt with its own kitchenette, balcony, washing machine, and so on) where we were staying. While we were on the road we made the spontaneous decision to see Pisa, and possibly the small town of Lucca, that very same day. We had to get our apartment keys, and we wanted to settle in first, so it made sense to first go to Florence. Pisa is a city in Tuscany, Central Italy, made famous by the Leaning Tower of Pisa. About 90 minutes later we were standing in front of one of the most infamous architectural flops in the world!
Interesting fast about the Tower:
- The tower has eight stories, including the chamber for the bells.
- The top of the leaning tower of Pisa is leaning out about 17 feet off from the base of it.
- The tower is slightly curved from the attempts by various architects to keep it from leaning more or falling over.
- Many ideas have been suggested to straighten the Tower of Pisa, including taking it apart stone by stone and rebuilding it at a different location.
Of course, we had to take a few minutes to get some goofy pictures of us pushing/ holding up the tower. We did a lot of them… but MY GOSH, they are much hard to do than we expected. Firstly, standing on those rounded stone structures is not as easy as it seems. And secondly, there were A TON of people trying to do the same thing. As overdone, super corny, and very touristy as it was – we jumped on the bandwagon, and got a few shots…
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the four buildings that make up the cathedral complex in Pisa, Italy, called Campo dei Miracoli or Piazza dei Miracoli, which means Field of Miracles. We will show you the rest of of the complex in an upcoming post.
After a walk around the cathedral complex, and copious attempts at getting a few decent “leaning pisa poses”, we grabbed a round of gelatos and headed back to our car. Have I mentioned how much gelato we ate in Italy??
Of course I have! haha… Coconut (alternative flavor: Yogurt) for Eli and mommy, and Pistachio and hazelnut for daddy. In fact, we stopped at one place and the lady served up the sloppiest coconut gelato we had ever seen. So we canceled the rest of the order, shared that, and then went around the corner and ordered a fresh round from another store. WOW… so good! And oh… so… bad!