Day 13 Italy- Pisa & Cinque Terre
A combination of poor sandy soil & ground water caused the tower to subside after only 3 levels had been completed. It was then left for 100 years before they built some more and it moved again. As well as leaning the tower is actually curved. The only part perpendicular to the ground is the new bell tower. An English engineer came up with an idea to slowly remove the soil on one side of the tower (at a rate of 100 grams per hour) to counter the subsidence. It has worked and has reduced the lean from 5.5m to 4.7. 300 cameras now monitor the tower constantly to make sure.
The kids also had a chance to learn the origins of the fairy tale Pinocchio and the local author of the book. They all came back with hand painted wooden Pinocchio dolls.
From here it was back on the boat to the biggest of the 5 villages – Monterosso. Here we explored the tiny streets and found one of the many fantastic little restaurants. It was a small family run kitchen with delicious home made pesto for Simone while Luke & Louise shared spaghetti marinara full of local mussels ,clams and other fishy things. It was divine.