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Italy: Pisa

An October 1993 trip to Pisa by kylebarber

Leaning Tower of Pisa Photo, Pisa, Italy More Photos
Quote: While living in Florence, I made a side trip to Pisa. Here are my impressions and recommendations of what to see and do there.

Italy: Pisa

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Overview

Leaning Tower of Pisa Photo, Pisa, Italy
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Bicycling on top of the wall that surrounds Lucca sure beat the art lecture I was supposed to be attending. The small town has a wonderful balance of city and country and I found lots of interesting diversions along the path to stop and take pictures of.Quick Tips: Pisa is not all it's cracked up to be. The tower does lean at a precarious angle and the surrounding building are worth checking out, but you can pretty much see the whole area in under an hour. Lucca and Siena have much more character and better places to leisurely stroll about and enjoy the scenery.Best Way To Get Around: Biking in Lucca was a wonderful experience on its own. In my opinion, getting around on foot is ...Read More

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Attraction | "Leaning Tower"

Leaning Tower of Pisa Photo, Pisa, Italy
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For some reason the Leaning Tower of Pisa looms in the minds of young Americans as one of, if not the most, amazing things about that far off land called Italy. So as an adult, who can rationally wonder why should I trek all the way out to Pisa to see a tilted building, there is still a temptation to witness this sight that has stirred my imagination many times when I was younger. Getting out of the tour bus and seeing the tower within a minute I was quickly underwhelmed by the whole experience. Shorter than I expected, the tower looks like a small addition to the church behind it. In fact, that is what the Leaning Tower was designed for: a campinale to the duomo of Pisa. Clearly, I was...Read More

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Leaning Tower of Pisa
Campo del Miracoli
Pisa, Italy

Duomo Santa Maria Assunta

Attraction | "Duomo"

Duomo Santa Maria Assunta Photo, Pisa, Italy
Quote:
The Duomo of Pisa is not nearly as large as Il Duomo of Firenze, nor does it have the same reputation as a "can't miss" Italian church. Yet this Duomo's interior has many more sights to behold.

The faded black and white striped exterior leads into a dark, cavernous church. The unusual pulpit, designed by Pisano in 1310, features colorful reliefs and sort of resembles like a gazebo. Emperor henry VIII has an elaborate tomb off to the side that is also worth checking out.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 24, 2000

Duomo Santa Maria Assunta
Campo dei Miracoli
Pisa, Italy

Battistero (Baptistery)

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Attraction | "Battistero"

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This cavernous baptistery was completed around 1290 by Pisano and his father, long before the son's work on the Duomo pulpit had begun. It's not that thrilling to check out except to hear the amazing acoustics. A local demonstrated the ringing quality and amplification that the dome can produce by singing up towards the ceiling.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Battistero (Baptistery)
Campo dei Miracoli
Pisa, Italy

Camposanto

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Attraction | "Composanto"

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A number of local legends surround this mysterious cemetery. Supposedly it contains dirt that had been secretly imported from the site of Jesus' crucifixion. Pisan nobles were determined to be buried with the royal treatment. They also felt comfortable using ancient Roman coffins for their own use, making it necessary to dump out the previous occupants' remains.

The main reason that people would visit this large building, however, is that it contained some beautiful fresco work by Taddeo and others. Almost all of that was destroyed by bombing in the second World War, leaving behind just fragments of what was once a classic relic from the past.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Camposanto
Campo dei Miracoli
Pisa, Italy

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This art museum might not be so bad, but after viewing numerous of world-class exhibits in Florence I couldn't help feeling underwhelmed. Our guide was very enthusiastic about the works by Masaccio and the Pisano family, but I was just focused on when we were going to break for lunch.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Museo Nazionale di San Matteo
Campo dei Miracoli
Pisa, Italy