On our way to Rome, we visited Pisa only for a couple of hours. We walk off the bus and we were surrounded by beautiful Pisa. A city of just around 90,000 people and the ancient architecture that it is famous for. There's much more to this great city aside from its infamous leaning tower. Once you managed to catch your breath and become aware of your surroundings you'll have plenty of opportunity to explore Pisa and take in all of the attractions. But really, what to See and Do in Pisa?
Leaning tower of Pisa
Pisa is a safe city, you do not need to worry about your safety. However you should take the obvious precautions. If you stay in a very cheap hotel, take your valuables with you and watch out for pickpockets in the touristy areas.
Lying on the grass behind the Duomo Cathedral is the perfect way to spend an afternoon whether you’re a local or a visitor. Unfortunately, it was not possible for us since it was on maintenance during the time of our visit. So all we left to do is to take a picture of the leaning tower in different angles just like everyone do.
It's funny to see everyone trying their best to have a very unique pose with the famous leaning tower. 😀 The bell tower, about 50 meters high, is known worldwide for its unintended tilt to one side. Why? The ground is too soft underneath! It is inadequate to support the tower's structure and weight and this was already evident from the very start, before it was even finished.
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Once you have admired the Tower of Pisa from all angles (including the classic picture in which you pretend to support it), continue your visit to the other monuments in the Piazza. You'll find the Cathedral and the Baptistery. See that enormous building next to the tilting tower? That’s the cathedral, or Duomo, for which the tower was to serve only as a place for the bells. The Duomo routinely gets overlooked by people scurrying in just to see the leaning tower. But it’s gorgeous and well worth a tour inside.
The Cathedral is a wonderful example of Pisan-Romanesque architecture whose white-and-grey marble facade has been decorated with poly-chrome marble, creating a great first impact. The interiors, on the other hand, have been realized with white-and-black marbles.
If you like to buy an item to commemorate your visit to a new favorite location, you will like Pisa. The city has a number of different businesses selling souvenirs to tourists. There's a lot of stores that can be found near the tower in the Campo dei Miracoli (Miracles square). You'll find all sort of souvenir items from T-shirts, keychains, miniature Pisa, etc.
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