When one of your goals in Italy is “climb something” this is often waiting for you.
This particular campana (church bell) is found at the top of the Torre di Pisa — the Tower of Pisa — with its famous tilt. Climbing to the top was a good reminder of a simple fact that I had forgotten: the Leaning Tower of Pisa is actually the bell tower (campanile) for the town’s cathedral.
Plenty of people tried to talk us out of visiting Pisa when we took our kids to Italy for the first time in 2010. But I couldn’t very well have them miss one of the most recognizable landmarks of all time! We loved our day in Pisa, eating lunch in town, shopping the stalls and discovering that all the buildings in the Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles) lean.
Now these boys tower over me. Tower of Pisa, July 2010
This post first appeared on Prayers and Piazzas.