Because we were nearing the end of October, Alex and I needed to start thinking about slowly making our way toward Spain for the winter. That meant leaving Rome and travelling north. We obviously weren’t in any rush so we decided to meander up the west coast of Italy so as to make the most of everything along the way.
After Rome, the first stop for us was Pisa. We had decided to stay in one of the local de sostas in Pisa which was conveniently located just outside the city walls.
We knew that we were in for something pretty spectacular just from the brief walk into the town as the path to Pisa pretty much followed the length of a huge Roman Aqueduct. Wow!
Pisa is a wonderfully vibrant town. Because of the university, it is very much a student town and you can really feel that with all of the cafes and bars on offer. We couldn’t help but be swept up in the whole thing. The atmosphere was amazing. The town is gorgeous and is built on the banks of the River Arno – simply picture perfect.
Although Pisa has a whole host of historical buildings on offer, we were a little pressed for time so we headed for the Leaning Tower to see what all the fuss is about. Well, let me tell you, the fuss is completely justified. I had seen pictures of the Leaning Tower in books but you don’t really appreciate the scale and drama of the lean until you are in front of it. It actually leans quite a bit – amazing that it doesn’t fall over.
Admittedly, I was totally taken with the Tower and could easily have spent all day marvelling at it. The best part is that in front of it sits the beautiful marble Cathedral – it is just breathtaking. The Tower and the Cathedral are built on what is referred to as the Field of Miracles, an accurate name I think given its awe-inspiring beauty.
Alas, we had to leave Pisa for the Cinque Terre but we have promised to visit this lovely little city for longer next year.