Up close with the leaning tower of Pisa, the iconic structure seems tiny. Tourists with selfie-sticks, crowds of visitors, and street-sellers all crowd to Piazza dei Miracoli (The “Square of Miracles”).
Traveling through Italy is both familiar and foreign. Our kids, ages 5 and 8, speak the language fluently. But they have to follow their inter-racial, tongue-tied parents around. When we can’t communicate or get lost, they’re sent to ask questions and directions. It works out pretty nicely! Folks are usually confused, amused, and then surprised when they hear the kids.
We didn’t stay long in Pisa. It seemed a hot mess of tourist crowds. Besides, the Tuscan coast was calling! We left the big tourist trap and instead headed for the Saturnia Hot Springs. They are refreshing thermal baths, cascading from dozens of waterfalls. The best part? Entrance is free to the public. It was a highlight of the trip for our little ones, and one of the best days in this region.