Pisa at night is delightful this time of year. Shorts weather, people on the street, outdoor dining, few tourists, many university students, bicycles and dogs on leashes.
After the long flights – we left Honolulu on the 4th and arrived in Pisa on the 6th – a glass of wine did me in. I suggested to our foursome that we do as the Italians do. Take riposo, that is, an extended lunch hour in the middle of the afternoon, for a nap.
Pete woke us up at 6:30 p.m. and insisted we take a walk to explore the town and get some exercise. The streets were alive! It took us about 30 minutes to stroll from our hotel near the airport to the Arno river and Campo dei Miracoli, the “Field of Miracles” park setting for Campanile, better known as the Leaning Tower, and other architectural wonders: the Duomo, the Baptistry, and the Camposanto.
Our plan for tomorrow morning before we pick up our rental car is to revisit the Leaning Tower and climb to the top. We might run into Nani, Rae, and Kevin who arrived in Italy a few days earlier. And we might bump into Richard and his family who plan a Saturday in Pisa. Richard was in my painting group in Hawaii; this semester he is teaching in Florence.
I’ve decided to post some night shots of the leaning icon instead of the usual photo of people looking as if they are pushing the tower back to plumb.
I made the third photo of the crowd at Piazza Garibaldi from the Ponte di Mezzo. It was 10:30 at night.