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Pisa and the leaning tower

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Pisa is known worldwide for the extraordinary monument of the Leaning Tower (1246-1260), amazing both for its statics and for the harmony given to its cylinder-like shape by the six superimposed Loggias.

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Inside the tower there is a spiral stair of 294 steps leading to the top. From there one can enjoy a wonderful view of Piazza Del Duomo also known as "Campo dei Miracoli" (The Field of Miracles).

On one side of the cathedral is the old Chapter House that presently hosts the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. The works of art on show are all from the monuments in the Cathedral Square.

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The main items of the collection can be seen on the ground floor: sculpures dating from the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth centuries; masterpieces by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano like the famous Madonna and Child, in ivory, and his Crucifix from the Elci Tomb.

To keep on with museums, Pisa also hosts The Museo Nazionale di San Matteo , located in an old building that was once a nunnery (eleventh-fourteenth century).

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For tourists who love open spaces Pisa offers relaxing walks along The Lungarni , natural environments like the Park of Migliarino and the rich Botanical Garden.

Pisa has the second most ancient University in Italy and attracts students from the whole country and even from all around the world. For this reason the city is full of young people, meeting points, and high level cultural events.

Pisa is 15 Km far from the seaside, and you can easily reach it by bus or by bicycle. Every half an our you can catch a train to Florence, which is not far from Pisa. Pisa has an important railway station and an international airport too.

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