Day 101- Pisa and Michelangelo’s David

Today, since it’s only about an hour drive from Florence, we decided to hop over to Piza to see- you guessed it- the Leaning Tower of Pisa!  

We have of course seen many photos of the tower, but seeing it in person, we were surprised at just how far it leans!  

The tower is at a 5 degree tilt, which doesn’t sound like much, but for a building that tall the tilt becomes very obvious!    The tower was actually built over two centuries from 1132 to 1372. When they first started, the foundation sunk and gave it the tilt. They then stopped for a century because the city was engaged in several military conflicts with surrounding cities. When they restarted construction, the ground had settled and they started to make the top floors taller on one side than the other to balance it out. So, the building is actually slightly curved! Also, if they hadn’t halted construction for all of those years and instead kept building right away, it probably would have toppled!   This interesting piece of architecture was built as a bell tower for the cathedral next to it and has 7 stories- one for each note in a major scale.  

The tower is at a 5 degree tilt, which doesn’t sound like much, but for a building that tall the tilt becomes very obvious!  

The tower was actually built over two centuries from 1132 to 1372. When they first started, the foundation sunk and gave it the tilt. They then stopped for a century because the city was engaged in several military conflicts with surrounding cities. When they restarted construction, the ground had settled and they started to make the top floors taller on one side than the other to balance it out. So, the building is actually slightly curved! Also, if they hadn’t halted construction for all of those years and instead kept building right away, it probably would have toppled! 

This interesting piece of architecture was built as a bell tower for the cathedral next to it and has 7 stories- one for each note in a major scale.  

This is the Cathedral of Pisa! We were surprised at how big and beautiful it was considering how small Pisa is. 

This is the Cathedral of Pisa! We were surprised at how big and beautiful it was considering how small Pisa is. 

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Since there really wasn’t much else to do in Pisa, we drove back to Florence. We then went to the Galleria dell’Academia, the museum where we saw Michelangelo’s David sculpture! It was so much bigger than it appears in photos! 

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While at the museum, we saw several works my Michelangelo along with many many other sculptures! 

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Once we finished, we found a cheap pasta place for dinner and then called it a night!