Pisa offers a variety of top-notch historic structures, with a number of great palaces, more than a rating of historical churches, and some outstanding plazas (Piazzas) and bridges over the River Arno. We went there as part of our road trip through Italy and France, starting from London. You can read about the other places we visited from here, here, here, here, here, here and here.
Placed in the Tuscany area of the Italian coastline on the Ligurian Sea, Pisa has far more to display to the traveler than only the formidable leaning tower. Pisa’s population is more or less at the same amount as it was in the in the Middle Ages.
Pisa Italy Sightseeings
A great square, and among Pisa’s significant sites is the Piazza dei Cavalieri (the Knight’s Square), which is on the website of the Roman online forum. The middle ages city itself is a happiness to walk through, with its middle ages streets, stunning old palaces and university structures. In fact, the University dates from 1343 and is presently among the leading schools in Italy.
Pisa is likewise a great location to admire and explore – make sure to have a look at the sophisticated Borgo Stretto, in addition to the many great stores along the back streets.
The Tower of Pisa Italy
The leading tourist attraction for travelers is obviously the leaning tower of Pisa. The tower was recently secured as it leaned beyond safety limits. You pay your ticket and you go up the circular pathway just to arrive at the tower top. There is nothing else to see along the route but the view from the top is really rewarding.
The tower is huge and impressive! It used to have an inclination of 5.5 degrees, and with some supporting works it was reduced to 5.
The feeling when trying to walk towards the top is strange as you walk “shifting” to your one side constantly, like you are about to fall. Even the steps were worn off one sided!
You will see the surrounding city, dressed in its beautiful colors, along with the rest of the nearby monuments.
The Leaning Tower is the Belfry of the city’s Cathedral. Nearby are Piazza del Duomo (Plaza of the Cathedral), otherwise referred to as the Campo dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles).
The Square of Miracles includes 4 popular buildings:
- The Tower
- The Cathedral
- The Baptistery and
- The Camposanto.
The Romanesque Cathedral was started in 1063, and is a marvel to see inside and out. The Romanesque Baptistry was started in the mid 12th century, and is the biggest baptistery in Italy.
The Camposanto is a huge cemetery at the north end of the square, and consists of a great collection of Roman statue among numerous other artworks.
Pisa, is only 1 hour from Florence (Firenze) and is a must to visit. You will stand in front of the leaning tower in awe, as we did.