I’m pretty sure that everyone knows about the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the wonders of the world.
The world-famous landmark is located at Pisa, a small city in Italy. Being more famous as an university town, the city is very simple and quiet. Tourists go to Pisa mainly to visit the leaning tower which is located within the square of Piazza dei Miracoli or Field of Miracles. The whole complex is an UNESCO World Heritage site where you can also find the The Pisa Baptistry of St. John, the Pisa Cathedral, and the Camposanto Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery).
The simplicity of Pisa
To reach the the square of Piazza dei Miracoli, we have to board the special bus from the bus terminal. You may need to queue up to ride the bus as there are many people from all over the world visit the place daily.
As I entered the complex, the first building was the The Pisa Baptistry. It is the largest baptistery in Italy. The building in the middle is The Pisa Duomo or Pisa Cathedral. The cathedral is a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture which dominates the monumental Piazza dei Miracoli.
The Baptistry (left) and the Pisa Duomo (right)
The last landmark is the Leaning Tower, the main attraction among the three magnificent landmarks. The Leaning Tower was initially built as a bell tower during Europe medieval era. However, in the middle of its construction, the tower started to lean soon afterwards due to subsidence of the ground underneath its base.
Tourists were seen everywhere, busy posing in their most creative ways. Not a few would lay down on the grass or climb up the fence to get the best pictures. So how far did I do to get mine?
(Sst, I did climb up the fence though..)
For those who wanted to climb up, the tower was reopened in 2001. It is recommended to reserve or buy the tickets online in advance. The ticket can be bought at €18 (the price maybe changed). You can purchase the ticket on the day, but be prepared to wait for hours or the tickets might be sold out.
Good news come for you who will visit the city before January 2015. Starting from the month of May 2014 to January 2015, there will be an exhibition by Polish artist, Igor Mitora, displayed. The exhibition includes about a hundred works, with sculptures, bronzes, cast-iron works and drawings by the artist. Example of one of the artist’s work is the fallen angel statue below.
The Fallen Angels Statue by Igor Mitoraj
It was truly an experience to be able to visit Pisa and see the Leaning Tower with my own eyes. More over, Pisa is a safe city where you do not need to worry about your safety. Of course, it’s good to watch out for pickpockets especially in the touristy areas.
* For Igor Mitoraj. Angels Exhibition:
Opening Period: May 17, 2014 – January 15, 2015
Opening hours: May – October: 8AM-8PM (daily), November – January: 9AM-5PM (daily)
Admission: 3€ (free under 10 years old)