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The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most iconic monuments in all of Italy, famous for its nearly four-degree lean caused by an unstable foundation. I had always wanted to visit Pisa and finally managed to do so in the summer of 2020. I was on a road trip from southern France to the Lazio region north of Rome and decided to make the short diversion to Pisa and spend an hour or so walking the historic streets.

Pisa is a small city with a population of just over 90,000. The Leaning Tower is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of Pisa Cathedral. Located in Piazza del Duomo, a large green expanse, the tower is one of four masterpieces of medieval architecture located together : the cathedral, the baptistry, the campanile (the ‘Leaning Tower’) and the cemetery. As we entered the piazza and approached the tower I immediately noticed the rich soundscape. Being such a popular tourist attraction meant there were many languages being spoken adding to this interesting atmosphere. I decided to record the soundscape so quickly setup my equipment, hit record and then began a sound walk. I approached the tower and then walked around the paths surrounding the tower and the cathedral.

I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to discover Pisa, in particular the incredible UNESCO World Heritage site of Piazza del Duomo. As always I’m happy to have been able to capture a sonic print of this iconic location.