italy pisa

On the way back from Firenze, I made a short stop in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower. The vision of this building, built in the Romanesque style, 56 meters high and steeply inclined (about 4 meters) is always an awesome experience that each time impresses me. The sky was grey, the weather was cold and it was raining: usually tourists are so numerous, you basically have to queue everywhere, but this time due to the season, a weekday and the weather, visitors were very few. There was still a queue to climb the tower, so I did not go to the top. And above all I wanted to keep intact in my mind, the very intense memory I have of the ascension of the tower with my parents on a sunny summer day. I must have been 10 years old and it was long before the work of consolidation of the tower – the tower was closed to the public from 1990 to 2001 – helped straighten the Tower by almost 2 meters. I had climbed the tower along the outer peristyle with a beautiful view on the city, a feeling of having my body bent and I was a little dizzy when reaching the top of the building: unforgettable! No wonder it was one of the 7 wonders of the world on the second list, the one established in the Middle Ages. Construction began in 1173 and stretched on for two centuries. Right after the completion of the third floor in 1178, the tower began to lean. The other buildings are also beautiful and a surprising mix of Romanesque and Gothic styles. I particularly like the Baptistery of Saint John. I appreciate the roundness of the building that makes it so special. A place to visit at least once in his life.

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