April 22, 2004: From Florence we took the 12:25 pm train to Pisa. Pisa is an unremarkable town except, of course for one of the wonders of the world – the leaning tower of Pisa. We walked through the town from the train station. We thought of depositing our backpacks in the lockers at the train station but didn’t have any luck finding open lockers. So we carried them with us, which wasn’t so bad since the walk was about 20-25 min. The place was swarming with tourists – looked like a bee-hive with bees busy flitting around – in this case taking pictures all over the place! I feel the Duomo & the Battistero (Gothic Baptistery) are more impressive than the leaning tower. The tower is the traditional campanile that appears next to every Duomo but it started sinking into the earth pretty much immediately after construction on it started. It has been restored and the original tilt of the tower is now maintained. Though I wasn’t very impressed, this didn’t stop me from taking many pictures of the tower – even the clichéd ‘I-am-holding-the-tower-from-falling’ pose! I lay down in the lawns in front of the Duomo for a relaxing afternoon. The weather was perfect – ahhh, this was bliss!
After a light lunch of Minestrone soup and Bruschetta, we took the 5:03 pm train to La Spezia.