What To Do In Pisa
You walk off the bus and you are surrounded by beautiful Pisa - a city of just under 100,000 people - and the ancient architecture that it is famous for. There is much more to this great city aside from its infamous leaning tower, and once you've managed to catch your breath and become aware of your surroundings you'll have plenty of opportunity to explore Pisa and take in all of the attractions.
The Usual Attractions
Most people immediately gravitate to the Piazza Dei Miracoli because of its international notoriety. The Piazza Dei Miracoli is home to some of Pisa 's most historic attractions, such as the Duomo, the Bell Tower , and the Baptistery.
- The Duomo - One of the oldest Romanesque cathedrals in Tuscany , the Duomo is beautiful in every sense of the word. The architecture is breathtaking and stunning, and it is a guarantee that you will be blown away by the intricate detail and the magnificent construction.
- The Bell Tower - Okay, admit it: this is the real reason that you're going to Pisa . The leaning tower of Pisa is one of the seven wonders of the middle ages, and its popularity is as strong as ever. Come prepared for a surreal experience as you climb the stairs to the top of this world famous tower.
- The Baptistery - Across from the Duomo, the Baptistery is unlike any Gothic structure you'll ever see. Stonework and original carvings from hundreds of years ago are still present and just as enticing to the eye.
Less Publicized Attractions
Pisa isn't a three horse town- once you've seen the big names and famous buildings, explore the rest of the city and come to love what many describe as the gem of Italy . There are many guided tours and side trips from Pisa that you can go on, so if you want to have the city explained to you or what to see the surrounding area there are many companies that are more than happy to oblige.
- Knights Square - The impressive facade designed by Giorgio Vasari can be seen on the Palazzo della Carovana . You'll also see the Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, which was also done by Vasari. The church houses many priceless works, including pieces by Donatello, Vasari, Jocopo Ligozzi, Alessandro Fei, and Jacopo Chimenti .
- The St. Francis Church - Built in 1276, the St. Francis Church is possibly the oldest Romanesque building in Pisa . It's immaculate state of preservation is sure to impress anyone who appreciates fine architecture and Roman style. New chapels were added in 1343, expanding and elevating the church. Inside, you will find works from Jacopo da Empoli, Taddeo Gaddi, and Santi di Tito.
Museums in Pisa
- Museo dell'Opera del Duomo - You will find many works on display here, including the works of famous artists Nicola Pisano and Giovanni Pisano.
- Museo delle Sinopie - Works from the camposanto are on display here, including colorful frescoes.
- Museo Nazionale di S. Matteo - 12 th to 15 th century artwork proudly on display, including works from Giovanni Pisano, Andrea Pisano, Simone Martini, Nino Pisano, and Masaccio.
Once you've seen everything there is to see, sit back in one of Pisa 's beautiful cafe's and enjoy the sunset over a nice glass of wine- there's no experience anywhere on this Earth that's quite like it.
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