July 22, 2012
In route to our third night in Lucca, we made a brief stop in Pisa for a look at the Leaning Tower and a quick lunch. Before exiting the bus we were warned of gypsies and pickpockets who have taken up the appearance of fellow tourists, usually young girls traveling in a group of 4 or 5. We managed to avoid any theft despite the immense crowds.
There was not much to see in Pisa. The central square contained the Leaning Tower, Basilica and an indoor cemetery as well as a many vendors and a few side streets with cafes. Outside of this central area held more venders (note 95% of vendors both outside and inside the square sold knockoff products made in China) and a few more restaurants.