A Quick Visit to Pisa, Tuscany

Why we are here

Pisa is a city of Tuscany on the River Arno. It has a great history which goes back to the 12th century. But, the reason why we are here all the way from Cinqueterre is The Leaning Tower of Pisa. Of course. So, the visit was a very short trip. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is inside the Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square). The whole square is a World Heritage Site.

what is pisa tower

It is a 56.67 metres long (55.86m on the short side)tower became worldwide famous for being leaned about 4 degrees. And it looks amazing and dangerous at the same time. 296 steps to go on the top of the Tower. On the top of the tower there are 7 Bells. The result of bad foundation was the reason for being leaned. According the history, it took about 200 years to build. Which started in 12th century and finished in 14th century.

our arrival

We arrived in the city of pisa in the afternoon. Another busy and slightly dirty train station. We were again not far from the station. But again quite early from our check in time. Therefore, decided to get some lunch. The indian restaurant called Gandhi was fantastic. Food was great. However, our hotel gave us a lot of stress. Our check in was at 2pm but no one were there till 2.30pm. Bed was not good. Walls were too thin. And the keys did not work properly. Argh.

Our Visit to Pisa
ticket for pisa
map from our ticket

We baught our ticket from the local authority of Pisa’s website. I highly recommend to visit the website anyway. Because it explains the history quite well. It costed us 52 euro for two of us. Which gave us enty to the Tower, Pisa Cathedral, The Bapistary, The Campisanto and the Opera del Duomo Museum.

Arriving at the square

It took us about 9 minutes on foot to arrive at the square . Number of tourists were expected. The whole square was beautiful, big and bold. The tower certainly was eye catching. View from the top was magnificent. We did spend as long as we can before we head to the rest of the locations

The Bapistery

According to the Official Website,
“Founded in 1064 and consecrated with great pomp on September 26th 1118, the Cathedral was built in two stages, one by architect Buscheto, who created the original layout with the basilican body with four aisles and one nave, a transept with one nave and two aisles, and the dome on the cross vault, and one by Rainaldo, who extended the building and the façade. The building was not finally completed until the last quarter of the XII century, when Bonannoís bronze leaves were placed on the central door, which were later destroyed by the devastating fire of 1595, after which many of the destroyed works were replaced and a vast decorative plan was started.

Camposanto

It is actually a cemetary. We felt pretty weird walking inside it though. Because we were walking on actual tombs of people. It also consist of beautiful statues and art works on the wall.

pisa cathedral

According to Official Website of Pisa,
“Founded in 1064 and consecrated with great pomp on September 26th 1118, the Cathedral was built in two stages, one by architect Buscheto, who created the original layout with the basilican body with four aisles and one nave, a transept with one nave and two aisles, and the dome on the cross vault, and one by Rainaldo, who extended the building and the façade. The building was not finally completed until the last quarter of the XII century, when Bonannoís bronze leaves were placed on the central door, which were later destroyed by the devastating fire of 1595, after which many of the destroyed works were replaced and a vast decorative plan was started.

Finally

Then We finished our visit with the museum. Which was not bad. But with all honesty, the star of the show was the Pisa Tower. Our next stop, Florence

Pisa tower picture
Shadow of Tower

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