7 Fun Facts About the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Europe, Italy, Travel


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?

Videos from Tokyo and Kamakura, Japan

Asia, Japan, Travel

Big & Small Travel are in Japan! Here’s what you’ll see in our first few videos shot in Tokyo and the nearby coastal town of Kamakura:

  1. Big purifies his hands and mouth at Kaneiji Temple in Ueno Park in Tokyo.
  2. Small samples matcha treats at Senso-Ji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo.
  3. Spectacular images of the Great Buddha in Kamakura, a breathtaking bronze statue that’s even survived an earthquake and tsunami!
  4. The madness and glitz of Shinjuku and Shibuya in the heart of Tokyo.
  5. Some of the silliness and cuteness that we love about Tokyo.

Check out our videos so far: This first one has us sampling squishy treats, visiting historical temples, and meeting the Great Buddha of Kamakura. The second video is the busiest pedestrian crossing in Tokyo! Catch more updates at Big & Small Instagram and Big & Small Twitter.


The Beauty of San Francisco

California, Eye Candy, San Francisco, Travel, USA

Big and Small just want to share some photos of various attractions and fun in San Francisco. Click on each individual photo for more info. Please comment and enjoy our photos!