Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

It only took me about 12 years of living in London before I finally get a chance to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa right in front of my eyes. Every time I make a trip to Italy, I always had Pisa in mind. Unfortunately, it was either not within the vicinity of the area that I was visiting, or we are short of time to squeeze it in, despite knowing that Pisa is a rather small town with the main attraction being the Leaning Tower. 

So when I visited Florence at the end of July this year, I made a point that I will make a pit stop at Pisa so I could tick it off from my list of places to visit.

Getting to Pisa from Florence is easy. The train from the Firenze Santa Maria Novella station to Pisa Centrale could take between 45 minutes to an hour (depending on whether it is a fast / frequently stopped train), and there is a train approximately once every 30 minutes.

Pisa town is fairly small and I was told that it takes about 10 minutes to get anywhere within the town. I hopped into a taxi which took me to the Grand Hotel Duomo, where I stayed for one night.

The Grand Hotel Duomo is adjacent to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It has a roof top restaurant / bar which opens from 5pm onwards that gives you a spectacular clear view of the Leaning Tower.

Once you stepped out of the Hotel Lobby, you are greeted with a row of restaurants and shops. You are literally on the ground of the Leaning Tower. It is very convenient and safe, especially for those who travel solo. 

As I didn't get a chance to climb up the Clock Tower of the Duomo in Florence, I made it a point to go up the Leaning Tower. It does not have as many steps as the Clock Tower (approx. 400 steps) vs. circa 200 steps for the Leaning Tower. I took it slow and steady with plenty of time to snap photos of the sunset and the ground of the Leaning Tower. 

I have to say there was something about Pisa that I truly enjoyed, in spite its limited offering. I felt truly relaxed and calm whilst I was there. Maybe because it wasn't as busy and full of tourists as Florence. I genuinely enjoyed my time there, despite that I was there for less than 24 hours.


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