Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Aren't all towers leaning...not just Pisa?

Yes, we went to Pisa. No, we did not do the stupid tourist photo of trying to hold the Tower up or push is back. But, we did see our fair share of people doing crazy positions and poses for the cameras. Silly tourists.

We arrived just before 8am, which, I might add was one of my finer moments for planning! Many of the monuments open at 8; the Tower at 8:30; the cathedral at 10am. They only allow 30 people to climb the Leaning Tower at a time, at 30 minute increments. So, imagine how many people could be disappointed if they didn't plan ahead...or they arrived at10am along with the hoards of people and folks off the cruise ships.

So my free tip...arrive at 8am, get your tickets and climb the tower (15Euro per person) at 8:30 or 9:00, then visit the other monuments and 2 museums (10 Euro per person for everything else) and you can be back on the road by noon.
And, for the record, there is no elevator in the Leaning Tower of Pisa. One kid was amazed that there was no elevator! There are, in fact, about 300 steps.
Here are pictures of the monuments (Cathedral, Tower, Cemetary, and Baptistery).

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