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The Leaning Tourist of Pisa

Perhaps the most iconic tacky tourist pose of all time.  Next stop for Liz: The Rocky Steps in Philadelphia

Perhaps the most iconic tacky tourist pose of all time. Next stop for Liz: The Rocky Steps in Philadelphia

SUBMITTED BY: Liz     LOCATION: Italy (2009)

Would be great to set up a time-lapse video camera in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa for a year to document how many millions of photo albums contain this hokey photo gag.

Ironically, Liz and her husband Mike were unfamiliar with local tacky customs in Pisa and were curious why so many of their fellow camera jockeys were posing in midair for no apparent reason.

Even more amazing: That Liz’s gimungous black purse didn’t tip her over.

Fun Real Estate Fact: The Leaning Tower of Pisa dates back to 1174 — meaning that for centuries, tacky tourists here had to keep the “holding” pose for hours for a souvenir oil painting.

Do you have a pix like this in your vacation album? Please submit it here for a possible Leaning Tourist gallery!

Check out these other classic photo-ops at Pisa:

* Straightening the Leaning Tower of Pisa
* San Francisco’s Leaning Houses of Pisa
* The Leaning Miniskirt of Pisa
* The Leaning Goldfish of Pisa

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3 comments to “The Leaning Tourist of Pisa”

  1. Barrie Says:

    I love that Liz stepped on the other side of the chain fence to make this photo come through as realistically as it did.

    Hilarious comment about the souvenir oil painting!!!

  2. Geoff Says:

    This photo is great! My cousins have a photo similar to this one involving 1 adult and 2 young kids (so you can only imagine the fun they had!).

    @imarketu

  3. Tacky Tourist Photos » Blog Archive » The Leaning Miniskirt of Pisa Says:

    [...] takes a visionary to visit a tourist trap where everyone takes the same cookie-cutter photo and walk away with a shot that’s fresh and [...]

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