Saturday, 3 June 2017

Pisa

Today was a travel day as we left the region of Tuscany to journey to Venice with a side trip to Pisa to start the day.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, 200 feet tall, 55 feet wide and weighing 14,000 tons is an iconic symbol and one you do really want to see when you are in Italy. It is the bell tower for the basilica and has been leaning  ever since it was built in 1173.  Over the years many attempts have been made to straighten it, or at least stop it's descent to earth - it is an ongoing fight with gravity.


We had hoped to see the inside of the church however the next timed tickets were after lunch and we were not staying that long. So we satisfied ourselves with some pictures and a walk around the square. As always there were loads of other tourists with each one trying to get the perfect picture holding up or pushing over the tower.


It felt like  a bit of a gauntlet race getting from the bus stop to the entry point in the wall because of the number of people selling things...umbrellas to keep out the sun, watches, sunglasses, hats, purses and shirts. Some of the vendors are quite persistent.

After our stop in Pisa we drove to our hotel in Marcon just outside Venice where we will spend the next two nights.

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