Every time I travel to Europe with someone considerably younger than me, I spend hours waiting for them at the base of a monument as they nimbly scramble up and around parapets, belfries, turrets and vaults. I suffer from extreme vertigo but when it comes to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, this dread goes into overdrive.
I have chosen some unusual shots of this most ridiculously unbalanced building as my contribution to Ailsa’s travel them this week,Balance, at Where’s My Backpack.
More about this trip to Il Torre Pendente di Pisa can be found here.
The foundation stones of IlTorre di Pisa werelaid in 1173 and despite its lean, the tower is still going strong. Its weight is estimated at 14,500 metric tons. and the thickness of the walls at the base is 2.44 metres.
You need to be strong to climb to the top, not only because of the 294 steps. Those suffering from vertigo aren’t able to find the courage to handle the height or the lean. The last time we were there, we sent young Mischa Bella up on her own but in the company of a handsome gentleman and his son, who we found in the queue! You need to be 18 years old to attempt the climb da sola, and Mischa, who was only 14, was determined to reach the top. Brava Mischa.
And brava also to Ailsa who has chosen STRONG as the travel theme this week.