Pisa is often known to people as the home of the architectural project that has gone terribly wrong. The soft subsoil caused the tower to lean until it was stabilized in the 1990s. The Tuscan region is so beautiful with it's rolling landscapes and rich cultural history.
From the cruise port of Livorno, it will only take 20 minutes going to the Leaning tower of Pisa by car. Florence on the other hand is 2 hours away by car.
We chose to go to Pisa as it was nearer of course. Normally, it would cost a roundtrip taxi fare 180 Euros. Good thing we were able to coax the driver and we only paid 80 Euros!! There were 4 of us sharing the taxi. Lady luck seemed to be smiling at us that day.
When we arrived at Pisa, the area was packed with tourists as well as local vendors. People of different nationalities were busy taking selfies and doing quirky poses with the tower. We were also among those people by the way. I noticed that there was a boy who was lying on the ground with his feet against the tower as though he's trying to stop it from leaning any further. That was quite amusing. We weren't able to go up to the tower though as there was a long line and they only take a number of people at a time to minimize additional weight on the tilting tower.
In front of the Piazza dei Miracolli
There's not really a whole lot of activities going on around the area but their landscapes and architectures are really picture worthy.
They have some really good food at the local stalls. I tried their burger and it was so good. They use fresh Italian tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese to give that Italian taste to it. It was so good for a 5 Euro burger. So so so good. They use very fresh ingredients. I really loved it.
After exploring the area and taking a quick bite, me and my Indonesian trio started looking for manong taxi driver. Yes, he really waited for us to finish our tour so he can take us back to the port. We decided to just pay him when we get back as we were scared maybe he will leave us. As you know, we can never be too trusty with people especially when we don't know anything about the local people and to add up to the trouble, we're not even from there. Just a tip on traveling to non-English speaking countries: a few acting and sign language skills will definitely come in handy.
I really wish we had the opportunity to go to Florence though. It's such a lovely town. A favorite setting for movie makers and it's one of the world's great artistic centre that dates back to the Renaissance period. Italy has such lovely provinces. Among all the countries I've visited in Europe. Italy is by far the loveliest of them all and worthy of every Euro spent, but that is just my own limited opinion.