The first time I went to Italy, I kind of wanted to see the infamous Leaning Tower of Pisa. I mean, it’s iconic, right? It’s like going to Paris and wanting to see the Eiffel Tower. But unlike the Eiffel Tower, the leaning tower of Pisa is not in Rome. You have to make a special trip to see it. And a lot of people say it’s just not worth it. You just go see the tower, take your picture (with about 3,000 other people) and leave right?
Touristy places sometimes get a bad rap, but they’re touristy for a reason. At one point they were awesome enough to make everyone else on the planet want to go.
Since we only had a short amount of time on our first trip and wanted to fit so many other places in our itinerary, we decided to skip Pisa. We ended up seeing Cinque Terre, Florence, and taking a 2-day road trip through Tuscany instead. No regrets.
However, last summer I was able to go back to Italy for a second time. This time around I had a bit more of a relaxed schedule. I was staying in a little village in Tuscany fairly close to Pisa. I decided to take a day trip over to Pisa just so I could see what all the fuss was about — and cross it off my bucket list.
You guys. I had SO much fun in Pisa!! Did you know you can climb the tower?? You can actually go inside — it’s hollow inside! Scroll back up to the first picture in this post. See all the levels? Look closely at the top level. That’s people walking around outside the tower! Don’t forget to look up at the columns. These 500+ year old columns are still so intricate and detailed.
Yes, you can TOTALLY tell that the tower is LEANING when you’re climbing it!!! It’s super freaky!!! And awesome!!