The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the prima donna of Italy’s architecture. The tipsy-looking tower began tilting in 1178, when builders started on its second storey. It’s this that caused the free standing bell tower to become famous, with hundreds of thousands of people visiting it each year. You’ll get the chance to go inside the tower and climb the 296 steps that lead to the top. When you reach the summit, you’ll not only have an excellent view over the square, but you’ll also be standing close to the spot where Galileo conducted some of his ground-breaking gravity experiments. In the 16th century, the scientist is said to have dropped a cannonball and a musket ball from the top of the tower, and proved that their size didn’t affect how fast they fell. Once you’ve scaled the tower and imagined yourself as a world-famous scientist, you’ll have some free time to wander around the square that surrounds the tower. The Campo dei Miracoli is postcard-pretty and edged by souvenir stands and gelato shops, so you can do some shopping or buy a scoop of something sweet before heading back to the coach. To make the most of the Tuscan landscape, you’ll take the scenic route back to the port.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.