After Florence I spent one night in Pisa. Usually when I’ve done single day trips somewhere it’s been to see/do something specific and it’s always felt a little too short. Not the case in Pisa. I came to see something specific, and then that was actually just all there is. Aside from the leaning tower and surrounds, Pisa is dull.
Said tower is cool though. It’s there, it’s pretty, it leans sufficiently. The tower is surrounded by a few other attractions, namely: The cathedral, baptistery, museum and the Campo Santo. The museum and cathedral or pretty nice but nothing special (I have high standards for museums and cathedrals now). I wonder how the cathedral feels being completely outshone by what is technically just its bell tower.
The Battistero however, is very cool. It doesn’t look exceptional (again, the bar is very high here). But it sounds amazing. And by sounds amazing, I’m talking about the acoustics of course. At a few specified times, they have a singer come in and demonstrate the acoustics. It sounds glorious.
The Campo Santo is also really nice. It was surprisingly empty and thus extremely quiet and serene. Nice combination of perfect green lawn and white marble. Someone who works at Pisa tourism must have a family member in the lawn industry because they seem to have commissioned a staggering amount of it. Either that or they put Gordon Frohman in charge of ordering the stuff.
After casually checking off one of the wonders of the world (according to some lists). I checked out the rest of TripAdvisor’s top 10 rated things in Pisa, but mostly just found them to be regular parts of the city with a slightly interesting anecdote about them or something. These places would never crack the top 100 in a city like Rome, never mind the top 10.
So yeah, Pisa is really great, but pretty much just for an afternoon. The highlight of my trip was probably watching England get beaten by Iceland. Ahhh, who am I kidding, that’s probably the highlight of my year!