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We hate to ruin our undoubtedly cool image (!), but Big & Small are, well, history geeks. So, when we were deciding on a place to settle down for a few weeks in Italy, we chose the cozy, historical town of Pisa. Of course, staying in Pisa for more than 24 hours isn’t your typical itinerary. There’s usually only one bullet point on most tourists’ checklist: a peek at the world’s most famous architectural screwup, the Leaning Tower. Admittedly, this is what Big & Small did on our first trip to the town in 2015. But upon our return, we found there was much more to love about Pisa and much more to learn about its most popular attraction.
Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa, Italy
The Leaning Tower, and the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) in which it precariously stands, is far from a tourist trap; it’s a fascinating window into the rich history and stunning architecture of this beautiful corner of Tuscany. Finding ourselves drawn to the tower far more than we had ever imagined—tourist hordes be damned—we were inspired to learn more about its origins and its ability to stay standing for so many centuries. In this video, Big & Small share 7 fun facts that we discovered about the Leaning Tower, including how far it actually leans and how in the world it hasn’t yet fallen. And did you know it’s not the only thing in Pisa that stands at a tilt?
Workin’ on that lean
Read the Sign! Don’t Be That Tourist!
There are few places left in this world where you can casually walk through 2,000 years of history. Wandering through Rome, Italy, you are constantly reminded of a storied empire that laid the foundation for Western civilization. Around every corner, you’ll run into a formidable ancient monument, grandly gilded cathedral, or priceless piece of Renaissance art. But behind all that outward splendor and beauty are tragic tales of power, religion, death, and destruction – this is history served up in all its brutal rawness.
To capture Rome in every bit of its glory, Big & Small Travel present this quick video of its highlights. We had a whirlwind two weeks in this majestic Italian city, jumping between the fringes of town to the historical center, exploring must-see attractions as well as a few hidden gems (side tip: go check out the creepy Capuchin Crypt, featuring a macabre display of skeletal remains of 4,000 friars – no pics allowed inside!). In this video, see the Colosseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, Circus Maximus, Roman Aqueducts, Vatican City, and more.
The Romans remain proud of their city, their culture, and their pizza, of course – and you will only fully understand why after stepping foot on their stunning and sacred land.
The Roman Forum
Roman Aqueducts at Appian Way Regional Park
Archbasilica of St. John Lateran
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We unearthed and found a video from our long European trek of Lisbon, Portugal. Watch us discuss the trams, graffiti, and culture of Lisbon —- the rawest capital of Western Europe.
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