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The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most interesting and widely recognized sights in the World. This sight is so well-known that it is virtually on everybody’s bucket list and many dream of visiting it one day. And, I am happy to say that I finally got my lucky chance of seeing it in person this June 2016, yay!
Since we just established that practically everyone has heard of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa – it is somewhat hard to believe that many of us are not even aware that Pisa is the name of a small, charming town where this Tower is located. Yep, a tiny, beautiful and quiet town with the population of only about 90,000 people living in the picturesque 2-3 stories mostly orange and yellow brick homes.
Besides the Leaning Tower there are some other interesting sights, such as the beautiful Cattedrale (Cathedral) de Pisa located right opposite the Tower, the Baptistery of St. John, Il Camposanto (an ancient burial site), Palazzo della Carovana, Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina (a tiny, gorgeous church) and some others.
So if you’re planning your next trip to Italy do not miss seeing this wonder on your way to other dreamy Italian destinations. The town of Pisa can be easily reached by a commuter train from Florence (a 1-hour, one way ride for the cost of only about 10 Euros), or even Rome (about 2-3 hours one way ride, depending on the route of a train, for the cost of only 20-30 Euros). And, just like with all things travel – if you’d like to save some money, then book your train/bus tickets in advance.
For those of us that are on the tight time-schedule, there’s great news – the town of Pisa and all of its main sights can be easily explored within 3 hours and therefore you can fit this side-trip into your agenda as it won’t take too much off your time. The only advice that I can share with you here is to come very early (between 8 and 9am) before all the tourist buses start to arrive and get your tickets to the Leaning Tower to beat the crowds.
The entry to the Tower is timed and the ticket office sells a limited number of tickets for every 15 minute slots. Therefore, once you get to the square where the Tower is located – go to the main office first, buy your timed ticket for the next available slot and then you can wander freely around the area waiting for your designated time (that is if you are planning to go on top of the Leaning Tower to enjoy some magnificent panoramic views of this enchanting town).
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