After more planes and trains (and a PisaMover) we left Lincoln and began our Italian adventure. The Via Francigena is now so close that my legs have begun to ache in anticipation!
Despite the stern warning from our guidebook, we visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the morning, without purchasing advanced tickets. Although crowds were already forming, we were able to easily get tickets to climb the 297 steps, and had almost no delay. The steep climb, as well as the 18 euro admission fee per person, may have been a deterrent for some who preferred to view the tower without the climb. Still, it would be hard to avoid all admission fees (it cost 80 cents just to use the washroom)! Was the climb worth it? For me – absolutely! You can see some of the views in the photos below, including my tacky tourist pic of helping to straighten the tower (as Richard cringed in the background).
Accommodations: (Pictured in top two photos) Aduepassidaltreno Affittaccamere
Via Benedetto Croce 13
Pisa, Tuscany, 56125
Cost: 38 euros per night, double room. 52 euros for a triple. Highlights: Friendly staff, clean, light breakfast included, free luggage storage. Lowlights: Some traffic noise at night.
Next Stop: Lucca. Two more sleeps until the trail!