4 hours in Pisa

As I mentioned in a previous post, it is possible to have fun in Pisa. Now I am going to explain step by step how we spent 4 hours in Pisa on my daughter’s 8th birthday.

 

The Frecciabianca train and the arrival

We went from Roma Termini to Pisa Centrale aboard the efficient Frecciabianca train from Trenitalia.

The Frecciabianca train who took us to Pisa
The Frecciabianca train who took us to Pisa

While it may not have been the most modern of their fleet, it did the job just fine.

Seating arrangement
Seating arrangement in the train
Entrance to the restaurant car
Entrance to the restaurant car
Inside the restaurant car
Inside the restaurant car

Since we were coming from Rome and en route to Florence, we left our bags at the left luggage office. Everything went smoothly and when we picked up our bags they were the same way as when we left them. Also, the prices per piece of luggage are in the same ballpark as everywhere we had been to in our trip, around $4.00 Euros per piece.

Follow this to find the left luggage office
Follow this to find the left luggage office
This is the entrance to the left luggage office
This is the entrance to the left luggage office
This sign at the door shows the opening and closing times of the office
This sign at the door shows the opening and closing times of the left luggage office
pisa centrale
Here is the price list for the left luggage office

 

Visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa

We had bought our tickets for the Leaning Tower about a month in advance through their official website and had a timed visit, which was very good because if you don’t have a timed ticket you will have to wait in line and may not have the chance to visit on the day of your stay in Pisa.

You can not carry any handbags or backpacks inside the tower, so you need to leave them, free of charge, at lockers you will find in one of the buildings. All you need to do is say you are visiting the tower and they will give you a card and assign you a locker to leave your things.

In this building is where the lockers will be located
In this building is where the lockers will be located

I am afraid of heights and I must say that climbing the Leaning Tower is not for the faint of heart. The steps of the stairs are in marble and some are a little worn out (not to mention a bit slippery) because it has been stepped on millions of times. But the view from above is worth it.

More views
More views
View from above
View from above
View climbing up
View climbing up
View from the Leaning Tower
View from the Leaning Tower
Lots of bells
Lots of bells
One of the bells at the top of the tower
One of the bells at the top of the tower
Worn out steps - you climb them up and down
Worn out steps – you climb them up and down

I must say that I found the whole climb up and down (about 20 minutes each way) process a bit stressful because of my fear of heights, but also because it is easy to lose your balance once you climb down. Also, having my 8 year old there wasn’t a fantastic idea – even though it was her idea 🙂 – because, yeah, even though she is always cooperating in our trips, she wasn’t too amused with the whole climb up and down. But in the end she said she had a little fun.

And after climbing the Leaning Tower, we stopped at a little restaurant, had a relaxed lunch and walked back to Pisa Centrale (about 20 minutes) where we changed trains and platforms 4 times waiting for our Regionale train to Florence. But that is a story for another post!

And yes, we want to come back to Pisa to explore the Baptistry and the other buildings in the complex!

The Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa

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