Best of Pisa
One of the most famous sights in Pisa is the Leaning Tower. However, there is so much more to see than this iconic image, including two other leaning towers, the Bell Tower of San Nicola Church and the Bell Tower of San Michele of Scalzi Church. The Piazza dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles) is not only home to Pisa’s famed Leaning Tower but houses the Duomo di Pisa (Cathedral of Pisa), Battistero (Baptistery), and the Campo Santo Monumentale cemetery as well. Also on site are two museums: Museo Del Opera del Duomo is filled with sculptures and paintings of historical importance, and the Museo delle Sinope is full of artistic gems that survived World War II.
The town square of Piazza dei Cavalieri is known for its historical buildings. Located here is the Palazzo delle Carovana, Palazzo dell’Orologio, Palazzo dei Dodici, and the Chiesa di santo Stefano. Located in a central museum location are the ancient artworks from all the churches around Pisa. These are found at the Museo di San Matteo, located at the San Matteo monastery. This often-overlooked site is home to the biggest collection of Tuscan Renaissance art and is really worth a visit. Four streets of importance sit on the banks of the Arno: Lugarno Mediceo and Lugarno Pacinotti on the north and Lugarno Galilei and Lugarno Gamacorti on the south. Along these roads sit sites such as the Piazza Garibaldi, which along with Piazza XX Settembre flank the Borgo Stretto shopping and pedestrian area, the octagonal-shaped Santo Sepolcro church, La Cittadella fortress, and the lovely gothic Santa Maria della Spina gothic church built in 1230 that houses a thorn from the crown of thorns Jesus wore at his crucifixion.
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