Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Pisa, home of the leaning tower

Pisa is a city in Tuscany, central Italy, on the right bank of the mouth of the Arno River. It is the capital city of the Province of Pisa. The city is known worldwide for its famous bell tower. When I was here about ten years ago with Dad, the entire tower was closed as they tried to stabilized it. Engineers at first thought they would straighten the tower, but the city planers calculated that their tourism would drop by 80% so the lean stayed. Today it has been stabilized and tourists are now allowed to climb to the top at 15 euro a crack, about 23 American dollars.

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