From Rome, Pisa is a long day trip. We caught an early morning train that had us there in about 2.5 hours, but it can take longer depending on connections and train speed. We went to Pisa to see one thing – the Leaning Tower of Pisa. We were in and out. We didn’t stay and look around. The boys climbed it and then we caught a train to Florence.
Stroller Vs. Babywear
This time we did both. Our stroller is super light and easy to roll around, so by this point in the trip we had come to terms that having both was right for our travel style. Wear him for his naps and cranky times, and stroller when he was content and happy.
For this trip it’s up to you. It’s a 20-30 minute walk from the Pisa Train station to the Leaning Tower, both are doable pushing or carrying a baby. We pushed him there, and carried him back.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Children under 8 can’t go up the tower. So, someone will have to watch the kids while others climb it (if they are so inclined). If you want to climb the tower, you reserve a time slot at the ticket desk. It’s kind of expensive, but also gets you access to the museums (which we didn’t see). We were in off season, so there were no line up’s and the tower wasn’t busy. It could easily be a different story on season.
Husband and brother climbed up the tower. They left their bags with me, and did the tower experience. The day before they had climbed St. Peter’s Basilica. This was shorter and not the same ‘wow’ factor. However, the weird slant and beauty of the insides made it worth it for them.
I didn’t climb. I watched Walter. Do I regret not climbing? Maybe just a little. After all, we did travel all the way to Italy!
Then we took some photos. We didn’t go inside the museum. The museum may have been cool, but we don’t know. We walked back to the train station. We did some casual shopping on our way back, but our goal was to also see a little of Florence.
I kind of regret just not making it an entire day in Pisa. The city of Pisa is pretty, and there’s a quant shopping district that is comfortable and easy (unlike Naples). We could have looked around in the museum.
These regrets come because when we did get to Florence, people were cranky and exhausted. We didn’t get to see much of Florence either. So maybe, it would have been better to experience Pisa, instead of small tastings.
But my final word is that I do not regret taking the opportunity to see David. David was more than I ever thought. He was beautiful. No photo can do it justice. In real life you see what the fuss is all about.