The Leaning Tower of Pisa - My First Impression

When you hear talking about the Leaning Tower of Pisa what comes into your mind?
Personally, apart from the fact that is a leaning tower (come on, who doesn’t know about it? It’s the main reason why it’s so worldwide famous 🙂 ), I always imagined the tower to be an hugely imposing building.

So, here I am, almost there…

…I can catch a glimpse of it from far away, the more I get closer the more I realize it doesn’t get any bigger. Mmmm mmm!
I wait to formulate any opinions until I am actually in front of it.
My first impression doesn’t change: it’s……small!

Was I the only one to be expecting it to be taller?

I can’t really say that I was disappointed, but I was certainly expecting it to be much taller.
A bit of post-visit research taught me that the Leaning Tower of Pisa is only 55.86 meters tall (183.27 ft) and it’s classified as the smallest tower worldwide.

Piazza dei Miracoli - The Leaning Tower of Pisa - My First Impression

Seeing It Away From The Crowd

I liked going back to see it at dusk, when the light is just perfect: when it’s almost getting dark but not quite yet, it adds a special twist to it! Don’t you think?
Plus there aren’t as many people as there are during the daylight hours.
In fact, If you ever get there, I strongly recommend to take a few moments to step away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, and just enjoy the sights taking a break from all the hub bub of people taking photos.
Me and Dale found it quite interesting watching people trying to get a photo with the Leaning Tower in the background, pretending they are holding it by stopping it to fell over the ground. Did you do the same?

Lady pretending to hold the Leaning Tower of Pisa - My First Impression

Few facts I found worth knowing

Having said that, I don’t want to underestimate the beauty of the medieval Romanesque-style Leaning Tower that has amazed crowds for years & years.
There are few interesting facts about it that are worth knowing (if you aren’t aware of them already):

  • Was it an ‘unlucky’ or not very thought through decision made to start with? – It was designed to be perfectly vertical and it started leaning during its construction thanks to to the kind of ground where it sits on.
  • Will it ever end? – It was finally finished over 200 years after its initial construction and has undergone constant modifications since that date.
  • The Leaning Tower isn’t the only monument in Pisa to be sinking – The Cathedral and Baptistery in the ‘Piazza dei Miracoli’, where the Leaning Tower is located, are also sinking.
  • Even Il Duce tried to fix the Leaning Tower – Along the years several architects tried to fix the lean, even Mussolini had a go. He thought the Leaning Tower was an embarrassment for the national pride, so he tried to put a cement counterweight drilled into the base of the tower. No need to say that its trick didn’t work.
  • How fast can you make it up? – There are ‘ONLY’ 297 steps from the bottom to the top of the Leaning Tower.

How many years do you think the Leaning Tower will still stand?
Bets are open! 🙂