After years of hearing about it and seeing it in photographs, I finally got my first glimpse of the Leaning Tower of Pisa… up close and personal.
Having explored other parts of Tuscany which included Lucca, San Gimignano, and Florence, I had one night in Pisa before returning to the UK. It happened to be a lovely October afternoon and, although it was incredibly busy with throngs of tourists, there was a great atmosphere.
The green manicured grounds around the Piazza del Duomo beckoned me to stay a while and relax. So, I succumbed to the temptation and joined a number of others who were making the most of the afternoon. Taking time to relax in the piazza, which has been a UNESCO Heritage site since 1987, is a great way to fully appreciate the beautifully crafted medieval buildings of the Baptistry of St. John, the Leaning Tower, and the cathedral.
I took this photograph as the sun was setting over the piazza and when the crowd had dwindled. It was then I began to understand why Gabriele d’Annunzio referred to it as Piazza dei Miracoli (the Square of Miracles).
If you haven’t managed to get there yet but fancy visiting the ‘Square of Miracles’, this is where it is located on the map…