My Europe Trip 2010 – Pisa & Florence, Italy

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Our trip to Pisa and Florence was a short one because we spent a lot of time in the train and also wasted a lot of time outside our hostel waiting for the owner to open the door for us. Because of that, we only had about only a few hours to see both places in the same day.



Passengers get to enjoy a beautiful view of the beach along the journey.

Pisa Cathedral

Although Pisa is more known worldwide for the Leaning Tower, the city has many other attractions too with over 20 churches, some palaces and the various scenic bridges across the River Arno.
There are a couple of bus services just outside the Pisa Centrale train station and only one of them (red line, called LAM ROSSO) goes to Piazza del Duomo, where the Leaning Tower of Pisa is located.
The bus tickets could be purchased either on board, or at the ticket machines. Either way, you will need to validate them when you get on the bus. However, we’ve seen many tourists who just enter the bus without a ticket and the bus driver cum conductor wouldn’t even bother to check. You can save €1.50 per trip by doing that but it is totally up to your own conscious.

Pisa Baptistry

I don’t know about you but I always thought there’s nothing else around the Leaning Tower beside the tower itself. It was only when I reached there I realized there is also a cathedral as well as other monuments that constitutes the Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) And the Leaning Tower is actually the bell tower of the cathedral.


From L to R: The Baptistery, Duomo and an angle statue.

Pisa Cathedral

You can enter the medieval Duomo and I think it is highly recommended to do so, as the interior is beautiful with impressive mosaic in the apse and gilded ceiling. It’s a pity we did not enter due to insufficient time, we only allocated 2 hours at most to visit Pisa including the travel time.

Piazza dei Miracoli

It is actually forbidden to step into the grass at the compound but many tourists still do so to get the typical holding-up-Pisa photo.


If you don’t know how the pose is done, here’s an example: at least three tourists in the photo are doing it, some even using their feet lol. And as much as you feel this is a cheesy and unoriginal thing to do, I guess you will still do it in the end, eventually. Unfortunately, I gave in and did the holding-up pose too due to tourist peer pressure…



Originally intended to be a vertical structure, the tower started to lean due to poorly laid foundation set in an unstable soil. It must be a blessing in disguise, as it was due to its tilt that made Pisa famous worldwide.
The tilt was also said to be contributed by the hundreds of thousands tourists who climb up the tower daily. Although certified safe and stable for at least the next 200 years, only 30 tourists are allowed to ascend the tower once every 30 mins.

Spedale Nuovo di Santo Spirito

A number of tent shops here selling souvenirs next to the brick-walled Spedale Nuovo di Santo Spirito (New Hospital of Holy Spirit)

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11 Responses

  1. wyyv says:

    *thumbs up* i always wanted to go for an Europe trip with my love one..
    .-= wyyv´s last blog ..Pepper Lunch @ Pavilion KL =-.

  2. Hi there, great pics… this is my 1st visit to your blog. I was in Pisa & Florance too last month, luckily I went there alone, not with the travel agent. Anyway nice blog!
    .-=´s last blog ..Lake Como- Italy =-.

  3. Hung Thong says:

    Nice blog! Nice Pictures.

  4. zezebel says:

    I love to see your picture. So stunning. Can see everyone doing exercise below that tower. lol….
    Nice romantic place for couple.
    .-= zezebel´s last blog ..More fruit please =-.

  5. Cindy Tong says:

    wow I love the beach!i never ass by that!too bad..but i luv pisa! such a nice architectural history..wasted hor din get to enter the building!!btw a lot of africans selling lots of fake leather goods there too
    .-= Cindy Tong´s last blog ..Nong &amp Jimmy Thai Seafood =-.

  6. claire says:

    so..that is how they do it.. everyone is like kung fu fighting? cute!
    .-= claire´s last blog ..All Because Of You =-.

  7. jason says:

    Hahaha, everyone are posing like some martial artists!
    .-= jason´s last blog ..The Good Food of Kuching- Part Two =-.

  8. JD says:

    Not sure if you got to taste the stewed pork stomach at Florence, it’s very near to the Duomo.
    .-= JD´s last blog ..My Cup of Joe =-.

  9. mimid3vils says:

    I’m looking for tourist who use their leg to hold the Pisa, but can’t get wor =.=”
    .-= mimid3vils´s last blog ..Movida kitchen bar club lounge =-.

  10. Cecil Lee says:

    What a pity that you’ve missed the nicest view of Florence and River Arno from Piazza Michelangelo! I went there in May and bought quite some leather stuffs from the open market because they are made in Florence!! :)
    .-= Cecil Lee´s last blog ..Travel Photo Tips – Photography is all about Good Lighting =-.

  11. John says:

    The last pic was where Michael Caine drove the Minis across the river in the movie classic original “Italian Job”.

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