We made a trek to Pisa (and the U.S. Army base in Livorno) over the weekend. I'd been to Pisa in 1993, but that was back when they were afraid the Leaning Tower was going to topple over at any minute and no one was allowed near it. Things are a bit different now. It's still leaning, of course:But it's open for climbing again. (That's Laura and Kevin waving on the far left.)
Kids younger than 8 aren't allowed to go up, so I stayed down with Owen. He didn't seem to mind because he got to do some running around the Baptistery (and chasing of doggies, which I didn't get photos of).
We also visited the Duomo:
It has some artistically significant works, including a pulpit by Giovanni Pisano and some Byzantine mosaics.
The Field of Miracles -- the official name of the Duomo complex -- is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's a very popular stop on most people's Italian itineraries, and I was thankful it wasn't incredibly crowded Saturday. The Leaning Tower is the main attraction, of course, but the surrounding buildings have some interesting things, too. And now that the tower is stabilized, clean and scaffolding-free, it's much better than I found it back in 1993.