Flawed Architecture – Pisa!

Today I hopped the train to check out a 650 year old botched building project! Sorta funny how it’s so cool because it’s a little off – kind of like people?

Even though this is a stereotypical tourist destination, Pisa is absolutely worth it. I really appreciate the fact that only 40 people are allowed in at a time, so that you’re not fighting through crazy crowds while climbing the tower. And a good climb it is at 296 steps – gets the blood pumping!

While out in Pisa, it’s worthwhile checking out the Cathedral and Baptistery. The Baptistery has a unique style in its circular shape and a blending of Romanesque/Gothic styles. What’s really crazy is that the Tower of Pisa and the Baptistery starting being built back in the 12th century, and the Cathedral in the 11th century. These are people back in the Dark Ages! Maybe they weren’t so dark after all…

As most of you know, I am staying in Florence for 4 nights, and made a day trip from Florence to Pisa. The train system in Italy is very slick and fairly cheap – perfect for backpacking. If you have an extra day in Florence, Pisa is definitely worth it.

You’ll notice a few photos from Florence – I thought I would throw them into this post. When I was in Florence 1 year ago, I made a post about the city. I won’t repeat everything from last year, but will give you the link. Here it is: Florence – Art, Beauty, and Class

Cheers, Shawn

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