Today was an early morning breakfast to be able to leave the hotel at 8:00 a.m. for our train to the nearby town of Pisa and see the leaning tower and Duomo. The forecast looked bleak, but we gathered our rain gear and hopped on the train.
The morning was lightly sprinkling with rain as we walked to the Piazza del Duomo. Most of the shops were closed since it is Sunday, but that also meant the streets were relatively free of traffic compared to the packed streets of Florence yesterday.
We first walked through the Duomo and baptistery and managed to see some of the Sunday service while it rained, and as it cleared up, we broke up into three groups to climb the 296 steps to the top of the leaning tower. The steps had massive worn spots from the amount of people climbing the campanillie over the years and we could feel the tower leaning, which made for a difficult walk to the top.
After Pisa we headed to the small Tuscan town of Lucca. It continued to rain but we braved the storm to explore the town and find the perfect places to eat and shop.
Something amazing that the Friends of the Arts was able to provide for YHC Sophomore Grace Patterson (winner of the 2012 student juried art exhibition), was the ability to meet her relatives while in Lucca. Her cousins and great aunt met Grace at the train station and they were able to spend some time together that wouldn’t have been able to happen without the support from gracious donors. Thank you.
Tomorrow brings a new adventure in the town of Sienna.