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.
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