Monday, May 17, 2010

The Leaning Tower Of Pisa

Posted by Kero at Monday, May 17, 2010
On our third day in Rome, we decided to take  a day trip to Pisa, Tuscany to see one of Italy's iconic structure, the La Torre de Pisa. The journey from Roma Termini is three hours via EuroStar City. A roundtrip ticket for each person costs 79 Euro (395AED / 4,740P). By the time we left at 6:10 a.m., it started to drizzle and we thought we made a good choice of spending most of the day inside the train coach to see Italy's country side. Boy is this country blessed! It was all greenery, with the grapevines, fruit trees, farm houses, herds of cows, sheep...it was a breather to see slopes and running hills instead of ruins hihi.

Wasting no time upon arrival, we boarded a cab to Piazza Dei Miracoli. The lady driver (oh yes, even the Rome double decker bus tour had an Italian lady for a driver) expertly swerved through the Pisa traffic and we arrived our final destination in ten minutes.

The wide, walled Piazza Dei Miracoli or Square Of Miracles is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Partly paved and partly grassed, the Piazza is dominated by four religious edifices: The Duomo or Cathedral of St. Mary of Assumption, the Leaning Tower or Campanile, the Baptistry, and Camposanto.

Torre Pendente (Leaning Tower). The structure was originally conceived as the cathedral's bell tower. Construction began in 1173 and the tower started leaning soon afterwards due to subsidence of the ground underneath its base.

The medieval Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta


The Baptistery dedicated to St. John the Baptist.


The name Piazza De Miracoli was created by Italian poet and writer Gabrielle d'Annunzio who, in his novel Forse che si forse che no (1910) described the square in this way: L’Ardea rote√≤ nel cielo di Cristo, sul prato dei Miracoli - which means:

"The Ardea rotated over the sky of Christ, over the meadow of Miracles."

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5 sweets for Kero:

kayni on May 17, 2010 at 7:03 PM said...

Great photos :).

witsandnuts on May 18, 2010 at 12:42 PM said...

It's interesting to see this leaning tower no many how many times I saw this on photos. I only saw an artificial tower of this in Macau, side by side in a exhibit with Macau Tower.

jeng on May 18, 2010 at 7:14 PM said...

Nice photos!

Sassy Mom on May 20, 2010 at 4:16 PM said...

aaah, Rome! One of the places in my travel list. I hope I can visit the place one of these days.

Love your shots!

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