Pisa Attractions

Tower of Pisa
Tower of Pisa

There are many things to see in Pisa other than its most famous piece of architecture, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is a city rich in history, with many architectural gems, many museums, and more than a score of notable churches, cathedrals, and basilicas. Most of the major Pisa attractions are within a fairly compact area in the heart of the city, and many can be reached on a walking tour.

Virtually every visitor will start their sightseeing in Pisa Italy at Piazza de Duomo, which is home to the famous Leaning Tower. This is the heart of the city, about a fifth of a mile north of the Arno River, which also flows through Florence. Here are the iconic monuments of the city, and the entire square (also known as the Square of Miracles) has been designate by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in recognition of its ensemble of medieval architecture. The ornate Baptistry of St. John (Battisttero di San Giovanni), the beautiful Pisa Duomo (the city’s primary cathedral), and the magnificent Camposanto walled cemetery all combine with the oddly tilted tower to form a wonderfully harmonious whole. These attractions in Pisa are the most visited in the city, and the square is one of the most beautiful and architecturally significant in the world.

Pisa Attractions
Pisa Attractions

Another of the most important Pisa attractions is Knight’s Square (Piazza di Cavalieri) with its impressive Palazzo (palace) of Carovana. The facade of the palace was designed by Giorgi Vasari, who also designed the loggia of the Uffizi Palace and the long corridor that connects the Uffizi with the Pitti Palace in Florence. There are a number of minor palaces in the square, such as the Church of Saint Stephan and fine statuary. The square was named for the Knights of St. Stephan, and honors their battle with Turkey in the sixteenth century. While sightseeing in Pisa Italy it is possible to walk from Knight’s Square to the Piazza de Duomo, as they are only a few city blocks away from each other.

Attractions in Pisa include museums, and the National Museum is housed in a former palace close to the river. This is where Galileo showed the Grand Duke of Tuscany the planets he had discovered with his telescope. Another National Museum of San Matteao is housed in a former Benedictine monastery. The Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, contains a sculpture of Nicola Pisano, who created the beautiful pulpits of the Pisa Duomo and the Siena Duomo. It also contains many treasures from the cathedral.

If you want sightseeing in Pisa Italy from a different perspective than walking, there are companies that offer bicycle tours, motorbike tours, and even tours by Segway. Pisa attractions also include shopping, and you may want to check out the Borgo Stretto, the most elegant section of the city. Close to the prestigious university and Piazza Duomo, you will find everything from fine antiques and art to jewelry and souvenirs. This is one of the most historic areas in the city, and the buildings lining the street are lovely. You will not lack attractions in Pisa to fill your days or evenings. Dining is an event everywhere in Italy, and there are great restaurants and cafés throughout the city.

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