The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Pisa, Italy is tourist trap. In between packing up our life in France and moving back to Australia in 2008, we took off on a little Eurotrip. One month, just the two of us - taking trains around western Europe and ticking a few more sights off the list before going home.
Pisa was one of these sights - although I always expected it to be touristy, I still wanted to see it for myself. Mostly, I just wanted to take the tacky tourist shot of me 'holding' up the tower... Italy was our first stop after saying our farewells in France. We arrived in Pisa late one afternoon and after checking into our hotel, we followed the signs through the surprisingly busy little town to the famous leaning tower.
I remember it being a cold & overcast day. The tower grounds were still busy however, filled with fellow tourists taking their holding-up-the-tower shots. Myself included...
Pisa is one of those places that I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend. It's definitely fun to see it, just because it's so well known but the town is pretty nondescript (I don't think we actually took any photos except for the tower, which says a lot given this was the first town we saw in Italy!). If I could do it again, I wouldn't bother to stay the night and would just do a quick day trip on the train from Florence. Ohhhhh, Florence... Now that's a city worth visiting :-)
Happy wanderings :-)