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  • 1 Piazza dei Miracoli Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za el Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    The most famous square in Pisa brings together an ensemble of exceptional harmony (despite the crowds). There are four remarkable monuments making up a universally known group. Bordered by a narrow encircling wall of crenellated redbrick, this large ..

  • 2 Leaning Tower Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za el Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    This is the emblem and symbol of Pisa, and the masses crowd around it constantly, busloads invading the square in a polyglot meeting whose main ambition seems to be being photographed such that it appears that they are stopping the tower from falling..

  • 3 Baptistry Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za el Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    This majestic building is built on a circular plan and is almost as high as the tower. It was built between 1153 and 1400. It was begun by Diotisalvi and a part of the sculpted decoration is by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano.The external ornamentation wi..

  • 4 Duomo Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za el Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    The cathedral was begun in 1063 and finished in the middle of the 12C. It was financed by the fabulous booty liberated in Sicily from the Saracens. It is vast, with a long nave, a powerful transept and an apse with strong projections. The cathedral o..

  • 5 Museo Nazionale di San Matteo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za atteo 1 I - 56127 Pisa

    The museum's collections, spread around the cloister of the old St Matthew's convent, are rich in paintings and sculptures coming from churches and convents in Pisa. They are evidence of the artistic effervescence in Pisa from the 13C to the 15C.The ..

  • 6 Church of St Mary of the Thorn Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Lungarno Gambacorti I - 56126 Pisa

    The white, light Church stands on the quays of the Arno. It is sculpted with spires, gables, pinnacles, leashes and rose windows and is a real jewel which was designed to house a form from Christ's crown of thorns. It was built at river level and was..

  • 7 Camposanto Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za el Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    This was designed like a cathedral space whose central nave was the open sky. It is like a large cloister. The Romanesque arcades have given way to Gothic windows of wonderful lightness. In the middle, the "camposanto" was shaped with the e..

  • 8 Museum de the Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za ell'Arcivescovado 8 I - 56126 Pisa

    The works here come from the monumental complex of the Square of Miracles. They recall the monuments (models) and, of course, the furniture and the sculptures which decorate them. Most outstanding artists are the sculptor Guglielmo, creator of the ma..

  • 9 Agostini palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lungarno Pacinotti 25-28 I - 56126 Pisa

    This palace was built in the 15C and has a decorative facade, built of brick, with two storeys of Gothic windows and is literally covered in medallions, escutcheons and terracotta garlands.

  • 10 St Peter's church on the Quay Interesting

    Religious buildings

    S 224 I - 56127 Pisa

    On the left bank of the Arno, towards the sea, this Romanesque basilica in golden stone is located on an old quay of the Roman port of Pisa, at the exact spot where St Peter set foot in Italy. Notice the Lombard arcadings in the chevet, decorated wit..

  • 11 Sinopia Museums Interesting

    Museums and art

    P.za el Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    A sinopia, what's that? It is the sketch for a fresco, traced on a first coat of plaster using reddish brown earth coming from Sinope. While removing the frescoes from their backing to restore them after the bombings of 1944, these sinopias were disc..

  • 12 Piazza dei Cavalieri Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za ei Cavalieri I - 56126 Pisa

    This noble square is populated today by students who have invaded the Cavaliers' palace, situated in the heart of medieval Pisa. It was transformed by Cosmo I of the Medicis who had the buildings built by Vasari for the order of Cavaliers of St Steph..

  • 13 Church of St Paul on the bank of the Arno

    Religious buildings

    P.za an-Paolo-a-ripa-d'Arno I - 56125 Pisa

    A pretty facade with a triple gallery of columns, adornments of alternating black and white marble, blind arcades decorating the sides: this is pure Pisa Romanesque style. To the side is a curious little brick octagonal building topped with a pyramid..

  • 14 Church of St Michael

    Religious buildings

    Borgo Stretto I - 56127 Pisa

    The transition between Romanesque and Gothic in Pisa? Look no further for this facade has an austere lower part, while in the upper parts open happiness reigns supreme!

  • 15 Church of St Sepulchre

    Religious buildings

    Lungarno Galilei I - 56125 Pisa

    This was built in the 12C by Diotisalvi in an octagonal form with a pyramidal roof. Inside, there is an ambulatory and central chancel with a noble allure. At the foot of the altar rests Marie Mancini, niece of Mazarin, loved by Louis XIV and a victi..

  • 16 Chevaliers palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza dei Cavalieri I - 56126 Pisa

    The lightly curved long facade of this palace is decorated with graffiti of grotesque images and people. On the upper floors a frieze of niches contains the busts of six Medicis who were the grand Dukes of Tuscany and their escutcheon with six balls ..

  • 17 Pacinotti Quay

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lungarno Pacinotti I - 56126 Pisa

    At the end of a bend in the Arno, between the Ponte di Mezzo and the Ponte Soferino, opposite the high white silhouette of the church of St Mary of the Thornbush, this quay has majestic palaces on either side: one today hosts the university ( Upezzin..

  • 18 Upezzinghi Palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lungarno Pacinotti 43 I - 56126 Pisa

    This 17C Palace is today the University of Pisa. Its facade is spread around a large doorway topped with a window opening onto the balcony which is itself topped with a large a escutcheon decorated with a lion.

  • 19 Hussard' cafe

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lungarno Pacinotti 27 I - 56126 Pisa

    This legendary cafe was founded in 1794 and the writers of the Risorgimento used to frequent it. It has lasted to this day; so make the most of sitting in one of these great Italian cafes of yesterday which have defied the centuries and the blandishm..

  • 20 Lungarno Gambacorti

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lungarno Gambacorti I - 56125 Pisa

    Opposite the Pacinotti quay, at the end of the Ponte di Mezzo, stands the loggia di Banchi, which now contains the fabric market, and the stern Gambacorti palace, from the end of the 14 C built of grey green stone streaked with pink stone. Today it i..

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