We docked in La Spezia and hopped the tour bus for the trip to Pisa.
Now some people think this is pretty cheesy, but I didn’t at all. I like seeing the stuff on the road less traveled, but I really enjoy seeing the icons, as well. Although we’d seen a number of shows on tv about the Leaning Tower, we were still unprepared for how cool it is.
When you enter into Piazza dei Miracle – Square of Miracles – (after navigating a gauntlet of tacky souvenir stands – but hey, I LOVE tacky souvenirs!) the first thing you see is the Bapistry, then the Cathedral, with the free-standing bell tower behind it. All three are impressive structures on their own, and together they are pretty amazing.
The Bapistry is the largest in Italy. It is acoustically perfect, and if you time it right, you can hear a short performance in which one person can sing a chord. Really cool.
Just a little piece of trivia, This is where Galileo was baptized. I thought that was pretty cool.
The Cathedral is pretty Cathedrally…beautiful, but I’m about Cathedralled out.
On the way back to the ship, we saw the Italian marble being mined from the hillsides. I may need Italian Marble floors…
I may seriously need to look into the possibility.