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PISAS' LEANING TOWER

WE WOULD LIKE TO TOUR THE PISA TOWER OUR CRUISE SHIP PORT IS LA SPEZIA. HAS ANYONE TAKEN THE TRAIN INTO PISA CENTRAL, AND GONE TO THE TOWER FROM THERE? HOW FAR IS IT FROM PISA CENTRALIA TO THE TOWER? WE HAVE A FULL DAY AND EVENING IN LA SPEZIA DO YOU RECOMMEND ANY "DON'T MISS ITS?"

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Hello Christine, Yes, I've taken the train into Pisa Central. I did my trip to Pisa as a day trip from Florence on my way to Rome. To save time, I just took a taxi to the tower from the train station. It was a 5 minute ride and I had reservations to go to the top, so it worked best for me. Price was 6 Euro. Hope this helps. David

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Very simple journey. Yes, take a taxi because it's quick and cheap. Pisa was a fun little side trip!

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If you do go to the Tower don't miss the Cathedral next to it and the Bapistry. Worth the visit.

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ive had mixed reviews of pisa, most have said it's a tourist nightmare and wished they did'nt take the time. any tips around the crowds and our the mobs? any other jaunts from la spezia that were worthwhile?

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Christine - the tower is surely worth seeing. It does not take long to tour the tour the cathedral and baptistry - just walk right past the souvenir stands and enjoy.

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Yes, I took the train to Pisa Centrale, then the bus to the 'Field of Miracles' (see Rick's book). I spent about 2-3 hours there, seeing the tower, the Duomo, and Baptistery. I actually walked back to the train station, it's maybe 20-30 min? Nice if you have no luggage (can check it at the station). Alternatively, you could take the train from La Spezia into the Cinque Terre for the day. Depends on what you like--CT is coastal, beach, cute/small towns; Pisa has great architecture. Both areas are about a 1 hour train ride from La Spezia.

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Yes it is true that Pisa can be very touristy. The architecture is however unique and worth a visit. I feel that Duomo is better than the Siena and Florence Duomos especially on the inside. The Pisano pulpits in the Duomo and Baptistry are beautiful. We did not climb the tower but a friend who did said it was worth it. The trick is to get there as early as you can. Then nip into the Baptistry and stand in line for the Duomo. If possible make an earlier booking for the tower then you do not have to wait. We got there by 8:30 am and wandered around. There were very few tourists and all the tacky stands were closed. We left by 11 am as the crowds were just beginning to swell.