The famous tower is not the only thing to see in Pisa, it is only one of the structures built in the 11th and 12th centuries that still stand as monuments to the skill and artistry of the craftsmen of that time.
Actually it is a monument to its architect’s famous failure and engineers have spent and are still spending millions to correct his mistake.
No I did not climb the 288 steps to its bell tower. Stairs and I are no longer friends! I did however spend most of the morning in the other quite beautiful buildings that together with the tower make up the Piazza de Miracoli.
The carved decorative marble and the wonderfully preserved frescoes were well worth seeing.
One of the structures is an old cemetery where the great and good were laid to rest in elaborately carved sarcophogii.
Surely the carved nude on this one represents his lady love and judging by the knowing look on her face and the smirk on his I suspect he was perhaps great and bad!
The guide finished at one p.m. and by then I was ready for a chair, a drink and some lunch. After getting lost in the medieavally designed streets a few times I found just that.