If you are planning of visiting Tuscany, for sure you will make you way to view the Leaning Tower of Pisa. However, you should now that there are also many other things to see in Pisa, making this town one of the most interesting sites in the region.
Today, I will present some of the many other things you could do, and sites you could visit in Pisa:
Whilst in Miracle’s Square (the complex where the Leaning Tower is also located), you should most definitely make your way to the Baptistery. This is a monument of incredible value, it dates back to the 12th century and is the largest baptistery in the whole of Italy. The architect is Diotisalvi, whilst Nicola Pisano and his son made all sculptures. You will also notice that the top dome, due to lack of money during its construction, is in a different material than the rest of the building. Nonetheless, the Baptistery is a monument of incredible value and I strongly recomment you visit it when in Pisa.
The Duomo, a vast cathedral dating back to the 11th century, is the focal point of the square and should definitely be on your list of of things to see in Pisa. Whilst the exterior of the cathedral is in typical Romanesque style, the interior presents strong byzantine influences. Unfortunately, in 1595 the cathedral was damaged by a fire; on the same year it was redecorated and were placed the bronze doors and, it is believed, also the internal ceiling as you can see them now.
It is also interesting to know that it is believed that Galileo formulated in this cathedral his theory about the movement of the Pendulum, watching a incense lamp that was hanging from the ceiling.
A walk along the Arno river
One the most relaxing, as well as interesting thing to do in Pisa is a walk along the river. Doing this, you will be able to appreciate all the different streets, bridges, towers and building of great historical value. The most famous streets alongside the river are Lungarno Mediceo and Lungarno Pacinotti; if you are planning of visiting Tuscany during the Summer, a walk here in the evening is a truly magical experience.
Amongs the things to see in Pisa there is also a Botanical Garden
During your time in Pisa, you will be able to visit the first, university botanical garden in Europe. It dates back to the 16th century. On its grounds there are several areas dedicated to different specimens; for example, there is an arboretum, a section dedicated to myrtus and an entire greenhouse for succulents. If you are interested in going to this garden, you should plan your visit during a weekday morning.
Today, I have talked briefly about some of the interesting things to see in Pisa once you have finished your visit to the Leaning Tower. Have you already been to Pisa? Have visited any of these sites? Let me know leaving a comment below.
If instead you have not yet been to Pisa, visit the page of our Private Excursion to Florence and Pisa.