We left Cinque Terre before dawn to catch a train to Pisa in an attempt to beat the crowds. We bought a bunch of the world’s best grapes and waited for the train.
This particular train was different from any we had taken before. We were assigned the window seats in a small room consisted of 6 seats. When we got to our cabin and saw that we would have to share that tiny space with 4 yappy, loud girls, we left to find an empty– or at least quieter– cabin. We found one and we turned the lights off so that we could sleep, and so we would deter any obnoxious, loud passengers.
Lucky for us, all of our fellow cabin-mates were quiet, not-smelly and they all and slept. Hallelujah.
We got off the train and walked through a college to get to the famous leaning tower. It was really cool to see the college campus and watch the hustle and bustle of the students walking to class.
The sun finally started to rise and by some miracle (we didn’t have a map), we found the tower. We were both really shocked by how much it was leaning! It was SO nice to see the tower without all of crowds!
So, evidently this one guy started to build the tower and when it started to lean, he abandoned the project. Fast forward a bunch of years later and another guy decided to finish the project, even though many people had doubts and warned him that it would never work.
He didn’t care what people said and pressed on to try and finish the tower. He made the columns on the one side a bit taller than the ones on the other side to try and help even it out. It was predicted that the tower would fall shortly after it was finished in 1372, but hundreds of years later, it’s still standing.
Hope you enjoyed my history lesson. 🙂
Davey bought a ticket to go up into the tower and so we had some time to kill before it opened, so of course, we got cappuccinos.
If you drink your cappuccino standing at the bar, it’s 1.50 euro. If you sit at a table it’s 3 euro. If you sit outside at a table, it’s 6-7 euro. Obviously, we drank our’s standing at the bar so that we could save some money for gelato!
I had so much fun sitting on these steps watching people try to take pictures like the one below! “Left, left! No, too far. Ok, stop… hold your hand right there…” It was really funny to look around and see people creatively taking pictures pushing down, or holding up the tower.
By the time we left (I think it was 9am) this area was swarming with tourists! Glad we came early! Oddly enough, we totally looked like tourists too!
A highlight of Pisa was this food truck. You know you’re in Italy when a food truck has a wood burning oven inside. We weren’t really sure what we were ordering, but it was SO GOOD. It was like a pizza quesadilla… delicious!