Some might compare loading a bus to a game of Tetris, especially as we neared the end of the trip and our suitcases seemed to expand by the day until one morning they all simply would not fit. Despite our wonderful bus drivers best efforts some of the luggage ended up needing to be locked into the bathroom, making for a funny story. Andiamo amici ! Just one another Italian phrase that truly reflects on the meaning of this trip. After an early morning and a quick breakfast we bid goodbye to our beloved hotel by the train station in Florence. As we began to board the bus and mentally prepare for our two hour ride to the amazing town that is Pisa. Some might underestimate bus rides, but during those moments while we’re all together we created unforgettable bonds. As we approach this wonderful tourist attraction are minds became filled with unique and creative ways to take pictures with the Pisa but we just couldn’t help ourselves and had to return to the classic picture.
When we arrived in Pisa our views were filled with lots of busses and markets. Once our amazing tour guide announced we had free time to take pictures and roam around to look for souvenirs, we all dispersed. As many students were very interested in the historical background of this we could not help but to ask a local. Some students learned that the leaning tower of Pisa is a building in Pisa, Italy, that was initially a bell tower. It is famous because it is not vertical and is leaning.
In 1990 the tower was leaning at 5.5 degrees and increasing. After that much restoration work has been done to stop it from falling over completely. The height of the tower currently is around 56 metres from the ground and weighs about 14 500 tonnes. It now leans at about 4 degrees and the tower has 294 steps. It is situated behind Pisa’s cathedral and is the third oldest structure in the city’s Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo), after the cathedral and the Pisa Baptistry. The towers tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight.
The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and 21th centuries. That’s all for now !!!!!!!! Ciao.
Written by; Sam, Larkin and Eric