It wasn’t our original intention to see the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa before daylight. We’d just dropped off our lovely house-sit family at the Pisa airport for a VERY early flight and realized we were only a few minutes away. Why not? Expecting to wait in our car in total darkness until daybreak, we were pleasantly surprised to find the Tower, Cathedral and Baptistry all drowning in bright spotlights. And the best part? Other than the groundskeeper, we were the only people there! No hordes of tourists all trying to hold up the Tower or crowds jostling for the perfect picture, just the brilliant night sky as a perfect backdrop. So if you’re an early riser or just want to beat the crowds, try showing up at 5am, you’ll be in for a treat. And there’s always a coffee bar open nearby to grab an espresso to help get you through the rest of the day!