Wandering through the streets of Pisa, we finally reached the Piazza del Duomo where the infamous Leaning Tower can be found. The piazza was swarming with tourists such as ourselves, but I was still enamored by the gorgeous architecture. An impending train departure prevented us from hiking to the top of the tower, which I really wanted to do, but the grounds of the piazza are absolutely beautiful. The weather that day was sunny and warm, making time spent outdoors very enjoyable. It served as a welcome departure from the all the wuthering going on in Leeds at the time. For a few minutes we sat on the grass, drinking in the atmosphere while Maggie read us Henry James's thoughts on the piazza from his text Italian Hours. Viewing Italian architecture to beautiful prose in the company of fabulous friends is a fail-proof formula for a great time. Now, without further ado, is my little tour of Pisa's Piazza del Duomo.
The cathedral and the tower
Francesca and Maggie
Tanya and the Baptistry
Front of the Cathedral
A closer view -- I just love those columns
One last shot of the Tower
Before making a mad dash for the train station, we wandered through the Baptistry and Cathedral. Photos of the interiors to come. I also have some rather funny photo bloopers documenting my attempt to capture the stereotypical holding-up-the-tower shot. Oh, the joys of being a tourist!