A bean counter by profession, guest contributor Dhara Nargundkar blogs about her home state of California and beyond at It’s Not About the Miles. Here, she shares why you might want to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa (even if you think it’s not worth a stop).
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Is Pisa worth visiting?
Pisa was a “by the way” stop for us on our first visit to Italy.
We already had a full calendar in Tuscany, and we didn’t want to add more towns and then not be able to do justice to the ones already on our itinerary. And we’d read time and time again that Pisa gets the short shrift from travelers who regret not devoting the time to really experience everything on offer – we didn’t want to make that mistake.
But when we learned that our train from the Cinque Terre region to Florence would actually stop at Pisa, my husband and I looked at one another and said, “Let’s go for at least one look!”
Field of Miracles:
Our B&B hosts in Florence were gracious and agreed to have us arrive really late in the evening, so we arranged our train tickets to accommodate a brief stop at Pisa. We deposited our bags at the Pisa Centrale train station and walked through the town to the Piazza dei Miracoli (sometimes called the “Field of Miracles”), arriving just as the sun was setting.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the piazza is home to four masterpiece monuments, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Taking Leaning Tower of Pisa photos:
The magical light of the golden hour had bathed the white buildings in a mellow glow. We watched, enthralled, as Mother Nature put on a special show for us that evening, turning the skies above into fiery orange and then flashy pinks and purples.
It was the most spectacular sunset we would have the good fortune to witness on the entire trip. Not even the hundreds of tourists milling about, taking selfies, could detract from the drama of the scene. The gracious white tower looked stunning as it reached up to the sky against the made-for-photography backdrop.
Just like the tower’s unintended tilt, visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa at sunset was unintended. But it resulted in my most memorable photo from that trip.
Mille grazie, Pisa. We will be back!
So, yes, is the Tower of Pisa worth visiting. Absolutely!
If you visit Pisa and its iconic leaning tower, you may just want to time your visit for sunset…
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Lead photo © Dhara Nargundkar