|At an angle|
Despite all of this, a visit to the Leaning Tower is pretty darn cool. I seriously don't like heights but managed to overcome them during my first visit to Pisa where I slowly followed the crowds as we wound our way up the spiral to the top of the tower. Sure you can visually see the lean from the outside of the tower but once inside, the tilt is even more noticeable as you climb the stairs. Compounding the lean is the fact that these stairs, all 294 and 296 of them, have been worn by visitors and time, making them concave in spots and convoluted in others. I found it rather unnerving to make my tilted way to the top and then back down again and wasn't sure whether I was standing erect or at a tilt once I was back on the ground.
During my most recent visit to Pisa I noticed that the tower isn't the only thing that is leaning in the city. The nearby Duomo also appears to have an ever so slight tilt to it which would make sense given its close proximity to the tower. At first I thought it was just my imagination but when Glenn commented on it I thought that perhaps I was onto something. It makes me wonder if the entire city is sinking? Or at least the area around the Duomo and tower. (Sink holes immediately come to mind!). I can't find any evidence that says it is but the region is in a medium risk zone for earthquakes so what would a moderate sized tremor do to the already leaning architecture? I'm not saying it is going to happen but it does make me wonder...............