Today we visited the small town of Pisa, situated in the Tuscany region of Italy. To be honest, we really only had one goal – to see the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa stands just 55.8m high and took 199 years to build. The construction started back in August of 1173 but was stopped twice, the first time for 100 years and the second time in 1284 – both times due to wars in Europe.

The foundation of the tower is only 3 metres deep and was built on a dense clay mixture. As it turned out, the clay was not strong enough to hold the tower upright and it began to lean 1178. Weirdly enough, this isn’t the only tower in Pisa that is leaning, a number of other Pisani structures suffer foundational instability thanks to the river city’s soft grounds. Among these are San Nicola, a 12th century church located about half a mile south of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and San Michele degli Scalzi, an 11th century church about two miles east of the pair. While San Nicola, whose base is rooted beneath the earth, leans only mildly and San Michele degli Scalzi boasts a substantial 5-degree tilt.

Even though there are several skew structures in the city, the one we saw today is, without doubt, the most famous.