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Take a walk around the Square...
Favorite thing: Take a walk around the Square of Miracles and see its four main attractions: the Baptisterium, the symbol of birth; the Cathedral of Maria Asunta, the symbol of life; the monumental cemetery, the symbol of death; and the 'falling' Tower of Pisa.
see the Leaning Tower (2)
Fondest memory: During our visit the Tower was closed. It was studied to be cure. Because it leans more each year and the Pisan people wants to keep their attraction.
Concrete is injected in the basement to stabilish the Tower.
see the Pisa Leaning Tower...
Favorite thing: see the Pisa Leaning Tower (1)
Fondest memory: During the erection of the belfry, the construction suddenly leant because an unsufficient basement. Never mind. The architect continued the building.
No congratulation, mister !
Visit the Leaning Tower of...
Favorite thing: Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa!
The Tower is actually the belltower for the Cathedral (Duomo) and it is located in the beautiful Campo Dei Miracoli, along with the impressive Cathedral itself and also the lovely Baptistery.
We only stayed briefly, but...
Favorite thing: We only stayed briefly, but the Leaning Tower tour was incredible. Anyone who is interested in Pisa will know that the Leaning Tower has now been stablised enough to climb again. It was a real equilibrium trip walking up the stairs on a lean.
Fondest memory: Just being able to say that I climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa is pretty impressive (as far as I'm concerned!!). Not many people in our lifetime can say that... It was worth every minute.
check out the leaning tower, a...
Favorite thing: check out the leaning tower, a leaning tower it was!
Fondest memory: my fondest memory was walking in the rain without an umbrella. since i made a day trip out of it, i forgot to bring my umbrella as well as a lot of other tourists and backpackers. a lot of us spent a good hour or so waiting underneath overhangs as the rain subsided. as you can tell from the pictures, it was quite gloomy and overcast.
Leaning Bell Tower
Favorite thing: Leaning Bell Tower
As the undoubted landmark of Italy and even the whole Europe, I have seen its image so many times even when I was a kid.
Finally, when I stared at the real tower after so many years imagination, my first impression is that, 'Wow, that's it, such a short tower'! :-))
But I never imagined that its color is in such a white before...
Go to the Leaning Tower. I've...
Favorite thing: Go to the Leaning Tower. I've heard it's now open to the general public.
Fondest memory: Ironically, I'm standing there in awe of what I've only known through school books as a child, and my wife is bartering with the locals over some shirts!
Do the touristy thing and...
Favorite thing: Do the touristy thing and pretend to hold up the Tower of Pisa. Everyone is at it. It's cheesy. You have to do it.
Alternatively you could try lying down on the ground face up and positioning yourself so that it looks ... oh hang on, perhaps that's not wise.
Fondest memory: Eating a deeeeelightful pizza down a side-street with a view directly at the tower. They say that it costs more to eat this close, but from memory the mel was very reasonable. Yum.
BRING YOUR CAMERA!
Fondest memory: I remember when we actually walked into the small town and I saw the Tower. There are no words for this photograph ( except that it looks fake ). It is not just a leaning tower but a part of history I will always remember .
stopatnothin's General Tip
Fondest memory: learning about the Campanile ( Leaning Tower ) and how it came to lean as much as it has with time . Since it sits upon a large loop of the Arno and is about 12 km from the sea , this makes the ground underneath the tower very soft - lacking in a strong foundation . What I had also learned was that the base was made too small to hold the weight of such a tall building causing the weight to be unevenly distributed , just another reason for its lean .
see the LEANING TOWER OF...
Favorite thing: see the LEANING TOWER OF PISA!!! Oh man, this Tower really leans.... And it was leaning even before its completion.
Anyhow, the over-200 tilted steps (can't remember the exact number though. Soorry!) to the top is closed whilst engineers work 'round the clock' to keep the Bell Tower from toppling over. So, the area around the tower is now a construction zone (or at least it was when I was there).
I think the engineers are working to stop the tower from leaning even further (not so much as to straighten it out).
Walking around the streets of...
Favorite thing: Walking around the streets of Pisa is a great activity. The Arno river is near the Tower of Pisa and there's lot of shopping stores and restaurants that are very busy each day....however at certain times, they close and you won't see anybody outside....kind of strange...
say 'Bravo!' to modern...
Favorite thing: say 'Bravo!' to modern engineers
Fondest memory: Unlike their colleagues from earlier ages, modern engineers are more successful in their attempts to return a normal orientation to the tower. As you can see on a picture, there is a complex system of steel ropes, slowly pulling the tower from the direction opposite of falling, while the ground around the tower's base is being strengthened. Engineers say that they are able to make a tower completely straight again, but I'm not sure they will do that. Because straight 'Falling Tower' will become a modest shadow of itself, and Pisa will lose some of its charm...
Feel the contrast of green and...
Favorite thing: Feel the contrast of green and light-grey colours.
Fondest memory: When you look at the green grass, you may wonder how it is occured, that this perfectly looking ground is so 'mild' that it is not able to keep buildings straight-standing. But it's the scientific part - this strange orientation of buildings is caused by unstable grounds. When the bell tower first started to fall, there were some attempts to stop this, and as a result of these attempt you can see that top part of the tower is not coaxial with the rest of it.
On the picture I'll try to explain this with gestures.
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