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My Love Affair with the Leaning Tower of Pisa

leaning towerI have always loved Italy. Apart from their gourmet dishes and Venice, I’ve read that there’s too much to see in this beautiful country. So when my girlfriend announced that we were going on a European trip for our 2nd year anniversary, I was ecstatic! I couldn’t contain my happiness so much that I immediately searched for the best places to see in Italy. And one of the must-see sights is the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Being one of the most popular structures in the world, I just had to see it for myself. Reading about it several times when I was younger made me even more intrigued about it.

As soon as we were booked at Hotel Palladio at Malcontenta in Venice, I immediately wanted to see the attractions I’ve read in books. So after seeing Basilica San Marco, visiting the Carnevale, and taking a Gondola Ride, I prodded my girlfriend to visit the city of Pisa. Although our guide didn’t speak that much English, he was more than happy to drive us to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower and the Cathedral.

pisa tower italyI imagined a bigger tower, but when we got there I found out it was much smaller than in pictures. Yet, the view from the top was still worth the climb. I’ve read mixed reviews about it with several travellers advising to skip the trip to La Torre di Pisa. But I can actually say that I am more than happy to have set foot there.

It’s best to go there while the sun is still rising for a picturesque view of the piazza from the tower. Just be sure to prepare money for the entrance fee. There are a few restrictions in place, so you might want to read up more on that. And be sure to bring your DSLR with you because you’ll be having lots of fun taking pictures, especially the obligatory perspective shots of leaning against the tower and holding it up.

  • Jim

    I went to Leaning Tower just last year.. You’re right! this tourist destination is a must see before we die!!