As I mentioned in my Tuscan Hill Towns post, Italy offers so many options – and traveling families have so little time! I’m sure Pisa is an intriguing city, full of nooks and crannies to explore. But sometimes, you just have to snap a photo and move on.
We did our Leaning Tower “drive-by” the morning of our visit to the Cinque Terre. We swerved off the autostrada, bumped down a pot-holed road, and parked in a sketchy neighborhood without paying.
Hey, the sign said tickets must be purchased from 8am on. We rolled up at 7:51am and were long gone before the uniforms had even finished their second espresso. Not that I’m suggesting you do the same or anything…
A few tips for your own iconic Pisa portrait:
- Get in early. Shop keepers were already unfurling their wares, and tourists were just beginning to trickle in at this hour. We managed a few shots before fellow posers starting mucking things up. I’d suggest arriving during the golden hour, if possible.
- Bring a tripod. If you only visit Pisa once, the whole family should be in the shot, right? I like my Gorillapod because of its versatility and small footprint.
- Consider a remote. Most cameras have a self-timer, but a remote is even better, especially with little kiddos in the mix. If your camera doesn’t support a remote, try using the sports mode to take several shots in a row.
- Be creative. I’m not knocking the holding-up-the-Leaning-Tower pose. You definitely need a picture of the kids doing that. But moving on, what other zany things can you do next to this architectural freak of nature?
And if you have more time and want to visit the tower?
- Most importantly, book your tickets online in advance! You can do that here.
- Second – and perhaps equally important – remember that children under 8 are NOT allowed to climb the tower (hence the reason for our drive-by).
What about the rest of Pisa?
- GPSmyCity.com has a Kids Walking Tour of Pisa.
- Travel for Kids has a list of Fun Things to Do with Kids in Pisa.
To read about our adventures later that day in the Cinque Terre, click here.
Have you been to Pisa? Did you take a cheesy photograph holding up the tower? Have a link to other kid-friendly activities in Pisa? Leave a link in the comments below.This post is part of Our Tuscan Family Adventure: Two Weeks of History, Culture, Food, and Fun in Italy series. Click on the link to view our bucket list and recaps of each excursion!