Texan Visits Pisa

If the tower in Pisa was straight, few people would know about it. Luckily for us, it is leaning enough to notice but not enough to fall over.

The last time I visited this site, it was simply a quick stop on a train layover as I headed to Cinque Terra. This time, we spent a few hours touring the different buildings that make up the entire complex around the Leaning Tower, in Texan style of course.

As I donned my Texas shirt posing for photos with the tower in all directions, I began to notice other people that were simply passing by taking photos of me. Seems like this Texas thing is starting to catch on!

A few weeks ago, the Huffington Post had an article about 7 world wonders that were unknown due to more famous, nearby attractions. One of those on the list was the Cathedral in the Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa.

Honestly, I skipped over this entirely on my first visit because I did not think it would be that impressive. I was wrong. The interior was full of beautiful painting and tapestries. The doors were crafted out of bronze which accented the marble facade perfectly. It is a masterpiece in its own right.

Our time was cut short due to a sudden down pour of rain, but that was not enough to keep the persistent salesmen away from you pawning watches, sunglasses, fake purses, and most importantly, umbrellas. FYI, if you want them to go away, simply attempt to sell them something of yours. They will leave almost instantly. It works.

Bryan Clifton

Oklahoma City, OK