Each Italian Christmas ornament is constructed of molten glass hand-blown into a mold. Once the glass is shaped, it is then silvered. Silvering helps to create a reflective property and depth of color in the ornament. After the Italian ornaments are dry, they are then decorated. Each of these Landmark Creations ornaments is hand-painted. The painting process can take up to one week for a single Leaning Tower of Pisa ornament. As they are individually hand-painted, you are guaranteed to receive a unique ornament, since no two will look exactly the same.
We are proud to offer you these Italian Christmas ornaments and we are sure they will be cherished in your family for generations.
Measures 6" Tall
History of the Leaning Tower of Pisa: Sheathed in white marble, this inadvertently eye-catching belfry for the nearby cathedral was originally intended to flaunt the city of Pisa's wealth. Construction on the Tower began over 800 years ago, in 1173. The original architect is believed to be Bonanno Pisano. Unfortunately, the bell tower was built on silty Tuscan soil and had already begun to lean only five years into the project. Builders in the 13th century tried to compensate for the tilt by building higher on the lower side, resulting in a somewhat banana-shaped tower. This may explain why, despite how many craftsmen and stonemasons worked on the Tower, few recorded their names in conjunction with this project. After several interruptions, the Tower of Pisa was finally completed in 1350. Ironically, the very characteristic that has made it famous could be its downfall; today, the tower stands a precarious 15 feet out of plumb and has been closed to the general public since 1990. Engineers are currently working to reduce the danger while still preserving it as the Leaning Tower of Pisa.