Pisa lies along the Arno River, about six miles from the
Ligurian Sea and an hour’s train ride from Florence. While
Florence is more world-renowned than Pisa, it wasn’t always
that way. During Medieval Times, Pisa was the most powerful
city in all of Tuscany. Its power began to erode at about the
same time as Florence began to flourish under the Medici
family, and the city faded from power.
Of course, while the city may not be a
world leader anymore, no one can deny that one of the most
famous buildings in the entire world continues to bring
visitors from all over to marvel at the perennially challenged
Leaning Tower of Pisa. Designed by Bonnano Pisano in 1173, the
building was already three stories high before it was
discovered that the ground it was being built upon was soft
clay, not solid stone. Construction ceased for a while, but
eventually the listing building was completed. Tourists used
to be able to climb the tower’s 274 steps, but it was deemed
unsafe in 1990. Every year, the tower continues to lean more
and more, and unless steps are taken to rectify the situation,
the Leaning Tower may become the Fallen Tower.
Although the Leaning Tower overshadows
everything in Pisa, there is more to see and do here. Pisa’s
history is aching to be discovered, and a series of fine
museums and galleries recall the city’s better days. So
after you take your picture “holding up” the Leaning Tower
of Pisa, be sure to stick around for a while and see what else
the city has to offer.
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