Aktivitas Wisata di Pisa, Italia (Day 29 #EuropeDulu)

By October 16, 2013Europe
People holding up the leaning tower of Pisa

Everyone knows about Pisa, don’t they? At least everyone knows of the leaning tower of Pisa, right? Well, when in Italy, it’s quite easy to visit the very small town of Pisa especially if you already have plans to visit such places as Firenze or Cinqueterre which are close by.

Pisa is famous for a couple of things including the leaning tower and the famous explorer Amerigo Vespucci.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The town itself is split by a narrow river and you can walk from one end to the other in about 15 minutes. The tower is at the far end of town away from the train station and is reached by walking through the narrow streets until you reach the grassed field in front of the tower.

When you arrive at the tower, you immediately see something quite odd. Hundreds of people holding their hands up posing for photos where it looks like they’re holding up the tower. Although we thought it was a ridiculous thing to do, we also thought that we had to do it too. So touristy, yet something you show your friends and have a laugh about because it is just so silly.

People holding up the leaning tower of Pisa

People holding up the leaning tower of Pisa

It is possible to climb the tower, but it is extremely expensive — 18€!!! Perhaps the most boring thing you can do with the tower is climb it because once you’re on the tower, you can’t see it anymore. To get the best view of the tower you need to walk down the road a little bit and view it from there. Although we didn’t get a chance to see the tower at night, people we spoke to said that the tower looks even better at night — perhaps because the tourist crowds have left and you can take a photo of it without hundreds of people who are holding their hands up in the air getting in the way.

Aside from the tower, there really isn’t much else to see or do in Pisa except perhaps the church next door — but it’s nothing special if you’ve been to Firenze or Rome.

Baptistry, Pisa

Baptistry, Pisa

One last note about Pisa. It was the first time we felt like we’d been ripped off. In Italy, a cappuccino usually costs about 1€. We went to a snack bar and ordered 1 cappuccino and 2 pastries. Usually this would cost about 3€. When I went and paid the bill, it was 12.20€. 12.20€!!!! Can you believe it? Well, we learned our lesson and we will now ask the price every time we order a coffee from now on.

Pisa is not just a great place for the tower, but also a great base to see the rest of Tuscany including Cinque Terra. Stay tuned for our next post about it.

Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • kenapa klo lagi pergi ke itali dan ngeliat menara miring pisa semua orang selalu rela foto dengan gaya seolah-olah menyangga menara pisa yang (memang) miring itu ?? dan trend gaya seperti itu sepertinya tidak saja heboh di depan menara pisa, akibat film garfield semua orang juga rela dengan gaya bersandar di big ben sampai eiffel. dan bodohnya saya juga latah dengan meniru orang-orang yang berfoto seperti itu. tapi saya melakukannya hanya di landmark di kota-kota di pulau jawa seperti monas jakarta, tugu jogja, tugu muda semarang, bahkan tiang listrik didepan rumah saya :’))


  • The closest picture of Pisa Tower and it’s really leaning. *til my head to the right


  • @radliaa says:

    so much for pisa and coffee :))

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