April 26, 2013-PisaLeaningTowerDuomo-5543Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) is the most well known section of Pisa, as well as the most visited area in the small town  on the western coast of Italy.  Construction of the eldest building (the Duomo) began in the 11th century.  The two of four structures pictured here (with the Baptistry and Camposanto out of the photo on the left) were built within a walled compound.  The Leaning Tower of Pizza (or Campanile) was built in the 1173, but not completed until 1372.  The Tower began to tilt even during construction.  To combat the tilting (due to soft subsoil), the architect built levels that had walls that were higher on one side, creating a slight curve to the Tower.


Primo Maggio – the First of May.

The first of May is a national holiday, SO we thankfully had the day off from classes!

I spent part of the day working on a short film for Arcadia, as well as the Special Olympics committee back at Villanova.  I was fortunate enough to be selected for the committee even though I was abroad this semester!  We have a milestone Fall Festival coming up this fall – the 25th year anniversary!

Since it is a national holiday, there was a huge concert in the Piazza in front of San Giovanni from 3PM till roughly midnight.  A bunch of popular Italian musicians play on the fairly large stage they set up.  We walked over a little after dinner – just as it started to rain.  The concert was really cool – an outdoor concert right in front of the Cathedral of Rome.  The only surprising thing was the amount of trash that it was causing.  There was no sign of any trash cans, so the ground was littered with empty cans, bottles, and cups.  Easily the most trash I’ve ever seen at a concert – and I’ve been at a good amount.  Piles and piles of trash collected at all of the curbs – let’s hope they do a good job cleaning up tomorrow.

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photo 2Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano right next to the stage (iPhone Photo)

Ten more days left in this amazing city.  I’m going to stop there because I don’t want to think about it.

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