Aug. 11, 2012
After a Friday night win over a talented and battle-tested Lithuanian team pushed Tennessee's Italian exhibition record to 2-0, the Volunteers basketball team and its supporters boarded a pair of buses in Florence and visited Pisa Saturday.
It took approximately one hour to make the drive to Pisa, where the primary attraction is the world-renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The Vols eagerly made the trek up nearly 300 slick and well-worn spiraling steps to the top of the 186-foot tower, which leans at an angle of 3.99 degrees.
While some players had no reservations about standing atop the tower to snap and pose for photos, others had to muster all their courage to make the ascent, hugging the inner wall the entire way.
After a two-hour stop in Pisa, Tennessee re-boarded its buses and drove nearly six more hours to The Republic of San Marino, a small, independent country that is completely surrounded by Italy.
The Vol contingent arrived at the mountaintop republic just in time to see the sun setting over the distant hills below.
Upon crossing into San Marino, UT has now made stops in three countries (also including Vatican City) during its current 10-day, four-game exhibition tour.
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