The Leaning Tower of Pisa

We took a train from Rome to Florence and then after unpacking jumped onto a local train bound for Pisa. Pisa is an easy hour’s train ride from Florence and a good afternoon trip. I had always thought that the “Leaning Tower of Pisa” was a freestanding tower on its own – imagine my surprise to learn that it is actually part of a complex which includes a baptistery and a church.  It’s known as a “campanile”.


Lynette enjoying a gelato in the freezing cold


Baptistery, cathedral and tower


Team Olson at the tower


The Mums enjoying the serenity


Detailing on the tower


Karen and Julie at the tower


Reuben jumps at the Tower


Inside the cathedral


The rather flashy gold ceiling in the cathedral

We were amazed by how beautiful this was.  We didn’t go up the tower, just strolled around the complex and the church and admired it all. I had also thought that the whole thing might be crowded and tacky, and while there were certainly a lot of souvenir stands there was also a peace and beauty that might be a side benefit of visiting in winter!



3 Comments Add yours

  1. Mum Bunn says:

    I’m so glad you didn’t post any of those tacky photos of a Team Olson member holding up the tower! The beauty of the whole complex, including the tower, was such a happy surprise. Such a brilliant spur of the moment decision to visit Pisa!!


  2. murray says:

    Such cool photos of the tower. That is a huge lean on the tower! The catherdal has some amazing detail on it! Keep up the awesome photos. 🙂


  3. Kate says:

    Very cool! I’ve seen some really crowded photos of the tower – you guys must have gone at a good time.


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