Pisa and surroundings
Santa Maria della Spina
Walking along the Arno river you can admire the beautiful Church of Santa Maria della Spina, an extraordinary example of Gothic style – Pisano.
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Built in 1230 on the banks of the Arno, at the New Bridge, at first it was just called Santa Maria de Pontenovo, later renamed in Santa Maria della Spina when, from 1333, kept it as a relic of Christ’s crown of thorns, now preserved in the Church of Santa Chiara.
While not on the axis leading tourist, we recommend to all our guests a tour of this Church, thus being able to admire the beautiful sculptures kept inside.
Duomo & The Leaning Tower
Arriving at Pisa, the first thing is definitely worth visiting the Square of Miracles (expression coined by Gabriele d’Annunzio), with his famous Leaning Tower, whose construction dates back to before 9 August 1173.
Acclaimed now one of the 7 wonders of the world heritage of UNESCO, the Leaning Tower of Pisa ago that our city is one of the most loved around the world, even it is said that China is the 1st most important monument in the world.
In addition to the Leaning Tower Square you can see the beautiful Cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque Pisano started in 1064 by the architect Buscheto with the tenth of the spoils of the Pisan port of Palermo in Sicily in 1063 against the Muslims, will merge different stylistic elements, classic, Lombard-Emilian Byzantine, Islamic, and in particular, proof of the international presence of the Pisan merchants at that temp.
Continuing with the visit we find ourselves in front of the imposing Baptistery, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, which replaces an earlier Baptistery smaller where now stands the monumental cemetery, another admirable beauty behind the Piazza.
The visit can be completed with two museums (Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and Sinopias Museum) located along the road that runs along the Square of Miracles.
Trivia: Did you know that the rear of the Cathedral are some strange etchings called “The Devil’s Fingers” as they seem to own the fingerprints left on the cement is still wet; tourists from around the world have tried to count them but the number… was not the same for two consecutive times.
San Matteo National museum
Inside the National Museum of “San Matteo”, housed since 1949 in a former convent of the nuns of St. Matthew on the river bank, you can admire the beautiful works donated over the centuries by famous people such as the canon of Pisa Sebastiano Zucchetti, which in 1796 gave a collection of about 150 paintings on board, then get to other important donations made by Moses Supino, Augusto and Antonio Bellini Pietri Ceci.
Inside there is also a wonderful collection of Medieval Pottery
Charterhouse of Calci
A few kilometers from Pisa, easily accessible by car or by public transport, you can visit the Certosa di Calci.
Until the early ’70s, the Charterhouse of kicks housed a Carthusian monastery now converted into a museum in which, even today, one can perceive a world of prayer, spirituality and silence.
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The structure today is divided into two parts, the Museum of Natural History and the land, with beautiful artifacts and a beautiful section dedicated to aquariums watch the video
and the National Museum of the Certosa di Pisa, which covers the areas Carthusian perfectly preserved.
Visiting the center of Pisa is almost a must stop in the beautiful Piazza dei Cavalieri which, in addition to having been a time the center of the civil power than religious, houses the headquarters of the Scuola Normale Superiore founded by Napoleon Bonaparte.
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You can also see the beautiful Palace of the Caravan once the People’s Palace of the elderly, and the Palazzo dell’Orologio with its Tower of Muda also known as Tower of hunger where, in 1289, died the Count Ugolino della Gherardesca with children and grandchildren as well as narrated by Dante in his Divine Comedy.