16 | Pisa

Adding in Pisa to our list of stop offs was a bit of a last minute choice. We decided against Venice when we were picking cities, and chose Pisa instead, figuring it was a little bit more on the way as we worked our way down from Milan to Rome. We're really glad we added it in, even just for the one night we're here. It's a tiny city, with the main attraction obviously being the Leaning Tower, but we've loved it's small town feeling and less touristy vibes.

The Tower itself is very lovely. For some reason it made me think of wedding cakes, all the swoops and scallops and details. We were the only tourists not posing against it - no holding it up for us. It's a lot smaller than I expected it to be, but impressive all the same.

The real highlight of today was finding that the local gallery had a huge, I mean massive, Andy Warhol exhibition on. We'd seen signs for one while we were in Milan but the dates didn't line up with our visit, so I just about shrieked with excitement when I saw it opened in Pisa just a couple of days ago!

I've had a long time love affair with Andy Warhol, and had several weepy moments in the exhibition. That makes Megan's crying moments 2 for cities and 2 for art, yikes. We saw some of his pieces in the MoMA on our honeymoon (cowboy Elvis and a Liz screen print) but Pisa's exhibition is heewwge, collaborating with museums from around the world to bring works from his whole career - even his design and illustration days at the start, and his abstract work in the end not long before he died. I was in Pop Art heaven and wanted to go through the exhibit again and again. 10 Marilyn's, Brillo boxes, Flowers, Soup cans, Polaroids and short films, self portraits and Richard Avedon portraits, the darker death works, even Jackie screen prints, everything! Gush gush gush. The very best €10 I have ever spent. Ever. Really glad we chose Pisa over Venice this time!

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