The Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Oh, the Leaning Tower of Pisa — so touristy and yet so fun. Each day, hordes of visitors come to the small northwestern Tuscan town of Pisa to take pictures "propping up" its tower. Some do it with their entire bodyweight while others hold it with a finger. Even just watching other tourists take pictures is pretty entertaining. 

At about 183 feet tall, the tower leans at about four degrees, meaning that at the top, it's displaced nearly 13 feet from its bottom. Yikes! And yet, it's still architecturally sound enough for visitors to walk up its nearly 300 steps to the top. And spying the exorbitant price of walking to the top (18 EUR), most travelers recommend snagging a few free pictures from the ground level. 

A trip to the Tower is quick as there is not much to see or do nearby. It's located within a mile of the Pisa Centrale train station, so it's perfect hop-on-hop-off destination. From the Pisa Centrale train station, you can either walk to the leaning tower or take the LAM Rossa (red) bus directly across the street from the station and get off at the Torre (tower) stop.  

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