(3 may 2014)
Pisa a small Tuscan city, famous in the world for its famous Piazza dei Miracoli (literaly, Miracles square), one of the most beautiful in the world, a World Heritage Site. It’s so incredible that in so few square meters are concentrated such a beauty of art and architecture that has very few equals in the world.
Entering from the West gate of Via Andrea Pisano, the square appears in all its beauty with the baptistry in the foreground, and, farther, the Cathedral and the Tower. On the left side, the north side of the square, a little more in the background, the monumental Camposanto (literaly, Cemetery), less celebrated but equally beautiful.
The square is always full of tourists from all over the world, in the classic pose of one who, in the picture, stretches his arms, creating the optical illusion of one who seems to be holding up the Tower. But the tower does not need aid, has been there for centuries, ready to fall down, but basically it is more stable than ever.
The Tower is a monument entered the collective imagination worldwide. An example, in the superhero movie Superman III, became bad due to a spell, fly to Italy to straighten the tower, a gesture evidently seen in a negative sense.
Next to the Tower, the Cathedral, which interior does not seem to know just a free space with works of art, where the wonderful pulpit by Nicola Pisano is the element of excellence already in a place full of masterpieces; and then the baptistery, where he was baptized Galilei, and the Monumental Camposanto, a sort of Pantheon where the most historical characters in the city are buried.
I suggest also a lengthening of the path up to the nearby Piazza dei Cavalieri, about 600 meters from the Tower. The square is dominated by the building where there is “Scuola Normale di Pisa”, one of the most prestigious school in the world where they have taught, among others, the Nobel prizes Enrico Fermi and Carlo Rubbia. Also on the square there is the Palazzo dell’Orologio (the Clock Tower), where the Count Ugolino died in 1289. Count Ugolino, according to legend, ate his children and grandchildren, protagonist of one of the most famous canto of the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Inferno, XXXIII) .
Not far from Piazza dei Cavalieri, along the banks of the Arno river, you can admire the church of Santa Maria della Spina, a splendid Gothic church of the thirteenth century.
TO ACCESS FEES
The ticket to enter the Tower of Pisa, quite expensive (20.00 euro), and other monuments of Piazza dei Miracoli (Baptistery and Monumental Camposanto), is to buy online.
By purchasing the Tower ticket and/or the Baptistery and/or the Camposanto, you can also access to the Cathedral, free of charge and at any time. If we want instead only access to the Cathedral, the entrance is free, but it must be withdrawn the entry ticket from the ticket office in the square.
More information about the city can be found here (italian website). In the site you will find information on where to park, weather forecasts, news on museums and more.
The photo gallery is available here.