Pisa is one of the great monumental cities of the Italian region of Tuscany. It is a world-class tourist spot thanks to the presence of its Leaning TowerHowever, the historic Pisan town has many other attractive places, full of history and art.
It is clear that the Tower of Pisa is its great tourist emblem. As much as it has been seen on television or in books,Travelers never cease to be surprised when they are at their base and appreciate their impressive 4-degree inclination, which means that its cusp more than 55 meters, is deviated almost four meters from the base.Leaning Tower - Patryk Kosmider
However, despite that threat of collapse maintains the balance from its construction phase, back in the 12th century. A feature that makes it unique and a tourist attraction in which all visitors seek the most appropriate photographic frame to simulate that they hold it.
However, once that picture was taken, there are many other things to do and what to see in Pisa. Here are some of them.
The Piazza dei Miracoli of Pisa
The Leaning Tower itself is part of the most monumental area of Pisa. In fact, the tower is actually the bell tower of the Cathedral, a medieval building with the Baptistery on its facade. Precisely the so-called Piazza dei Miracoli or Square of Miracles extends between the Cathedral and the Baptistery, which continues with the surface of the Cemetery.Piazza dei Miracoli - marchesini62
All this is an impressive architectural and artistic ensemble, listed by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The Cathedral or Duomo is the main church of the city of Pisa. Its origins date back to the Middle Ages, as it began to be built in the 11th century in Romanesque style. All that style predominates in its impressive exterior. But surprises increase when entering the interior of the church.Interior of the cathedral of Pisa - Andre Goncalves
There it is discovered that everything is covered in black and white marble and that the roof is a golden roof which leads to a large dome full of fresco paintings.
But also, the works of art of different styles accumulate in the chapels and altars. From mosaics of Byzantine inspiration to sculptures of enormous quality such as the famous pulpit carved by Giovanni Pisano in the fourteenth century.
The Baptistery of Pisa
The Baptistery of Saint John the Baptist is the largest in Italy, and as is customary in many regions of this country, it is an independent church building destined exclusively to celebrate baptisms.Baptistery - paulovilela
It was built a few years after the Duomo, in the twelfth century. Surprise for its impressive dome with a circumference of more than 100 meters and he is world famous for the sculptures that he treasures inside, especially for the pulpit that Nicolá Pisano made in the thirteenth century, the father of the author of the cathedral pulpit.
"The true work of art is nothing more than a shadow of divine perfection."
-Miguel Ángel Buonarroti-
This is the least known area of the Square of Miracles of Pisa, however it is enormously interesting, since in this cemetery you can discover a large number of sculptures and sarcophagi from the Roman era.
Other monumental churches of Pisa
The historical and artistic heritage of Pisa does not end in Piazza dei Miracoli. There is much more, especially in the form of churches. Stresses the small temple of Santa María della Spina, in gothic style. A building that is at the same time an architectural and sculptural work of art for its many decorative elements carved in stone.Santa Maria della Spina - Emi Cristea
There are many other interesting churches in the historic center of Pisa and among them you can make a succulent artistic route going to Santa Caterina, San Paolo to Ripa d'Arno, San Estefano dei Cavalieri, San Michele in Borgo or San Nicolá.
The Cavalieri Square
If the Square of Miracles is the most famous place in Pisa, secondly we should mention the Piazza dei Cavalieri or Plaza de los Caballeros. If the first has a religious character, this is much more civil, but equally monumental.
In fact, its location coincides with the original Roman forum, so the official buildings have always been found here. So it is today, since the Renaissance architecture of the Carovana Palace and the Clock Palace still rise in this square, in front of which the statue of Cosimo I de Medicis rises.Piazza dei Cavalieri - Borisb17
Definitely, Pisa is much more than its Leaning Tower. It is a Tuscan city that deserves a quiet walk through its historic streets, contemplating interesting works of art that range from the Middle Ages to the Baroque.
And between visit and visit, you always have to reserve time to enter the abundant restaurants, where letters of the most varied are offered. Much more than pasta and pizza, since the local cuisine is rich in meat and fish, both river and sea, because Pisa is less than half an hour away from the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.