I’ve always had a passion for Italy and over recent years have been lucky enough to visit Pisa several times – and go up The Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The first thing to say is that the tower does lean. A lot! When you first walk inside it really unbalances you and as you wind your way up the 293 stone steps you can see how they are worn in different places depending which side of the tower you are on. It also feels strange when you come out on top of the Tower.
It was built as the bell tower to the Duomo and work began in 1173. It was finally completed in 1350 but was even then suffering from problems of leaning due to subsidence.
Everywhere you look around the Tower, are people posing for photographs to make it look as if they are holding up the tower. Naturally I had to have a go too.
The Duomo and Battistero are magnificent in their own right, both inside and out and I spent many hours here soaking up the atmosphere and the sunshine.
Pisa is situated on the banks of the River Arno and although The Leaning Tower attracts many visitors, there are lots of other amazing buildings to see. Also there are some great places to enjoy Italian food and best of all, Italian Ice-cream, which I did on many occasions.
About Rachael Thomas
I love escaping to distant shores with my characters, entering their glamorous world and feeling all the emotions they experience as they discover their love for one another. A love so strong it will overcome all obstacles eventually, leading to that promised happy ever after.
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