Friday, November 2, 2012

Pisa, Italy

We're staying at home this long weekend because Pao just recovered from dengue *eep* and Malik's been sneezing and feeling feverish lately. I'm taking the opportunity to catch up on some blog back log. Let's start with some photos from our trip to Pisa, Italy in June 2012.

Piazza del Duomo

We went to Pisa after spending a night in a creepy hotel in Florence. We needed to have photos taken with the famous leaning tower, but Pisa was really just a quick stop on the way to Siena and then back to Rome.

(See silly photos of me and my husband with the leaning tower after the jump.)

The Campanile (THE leaning tower of Pisa) is the freestanding bell tower of the Duomo di Pisa (the Cathedral) in the Piazza del Duomo.

The tower goes from here to here.

The Mistress

Puy's photos are the best.

Here's the Cathedral. Isn't it grand?

Inside the Duomo. Architecture enthusiasts will go crayzee  here.
Independent of the bell tower, the Duomo is really an awesome thing to behold. Plus, there's the expansive grounds of the Piazza itself where you could spend many hours just watching the world go by. In the late 1980s, the entire Piazza was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Piazza also houses the Baptistry. We got a ticket that allowed us to enter three structures in the Piazza - the cathedral, the baptistry and a flat rectangle-shaped structure - but not the leaning tower.

Here's the Baptistry.

This is the door to the Baptistry. There is a story to be told here. 
I'll get back to you on this.
Up the steps of the Baptistry...
... and down again.
We were wondering what this structure was when we were there.

Inside our mystery building...

...and just outside of it.

I realized only today that it is the city's old cemetery or the Camposanto Monumentale. That explains all the crypts then.

And just like that, we were off to Siena. Laters, Pisa!

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