Travel and Culture in Tuscany
Pisa is one of the greatest Italian cultural centres and preserves a rich a rtistic heritage, which is an original medieval reworking of Islamic, Lombard and local influences.
Undoubtedly the most important monuments of Pisa stand in Piazza dei Miracoli. In this square you can see: the Duomo (cathedral), Santa Maria Assunta with the Leaning Tower, the Battistero (baptistery), the Galleria that surrounds the Camposanto (graveyard), the Cappella del Pozzo and all the monuments strictly made of white Carrara marble.
In the Duomo Museum you can appreciate some artistic works that belong to all the town’s churches and the treasure of the Duomo, of course.
In Pisa you can also find the Domus Galileiana, where Galileo Galilei probably lived.
In 1288, in the so called Torre della Fame (the Hunger Tower), Count Ugolino della Gherardesca, accused by the town of tyranny, died with his family. You can find a description of this event in the “Inferno” by Dante.
Finally do not miss the Piazza dei Cavalieri, one of the most important squares in Pisa.
Once it was the Renaissance centre of the town and it is surrounded by wonderful palaces, among which we advise you to visit the Palazzo dei Cavalieri, that is the seat of the prestigious Scuola Normale Superiore, founded by Napoleon in 1810. Today it has become an important university, that admits only the most qualified students of the country.
Pisa photographies kindly granted by Istituto Linguistico Mediterraneo