Pisa- more than a tower – English (part I)

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Are you going to Pisa? Well, you have to know that you have more to see than a tower! Even though the Tower of Pisa remains the main attraction of the city, you have many other beautiful places to visit. Sit comfortably in the sofa and let me guide you on this journey!

 

Most people visit only Piazza dei Miracoli, each trying to make the funniest or most impressive picture of the tower. And it’s really fun! Whether you support it, push it or hold hit in the palm, you will have fun with your friends looking for the perfect angle to get a funny picture and you will not even realize how fast the time has fled!

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta

The cathedral is a masterpiece of Romanic architecture. The construction began in 1093, and the main architect was Buscheto, which is buried here. Buscheto brought to the construction elements from norman, Byzantine, pre-Christian and Arabic arts. Buscheto was a visionary of the day and created a new style that is at the foundation of the Florentine Renaissance style.

The cathedral was largely destroyed in 1595 when, after a fire, most of the art of the cathedral was burned. The best artists were hired to redecorate the cathedral. In the 9th century several statues were replaced with copies, the originals being taken to the Museum of the Opera del Duomo.

Timetable: Find here the cathedral’s visit program.gasesti aici programul de vizitare al catedralei.

Tickets: Entrance is free. Attention! If you want to visit only the cathedral, you have to take your free fixed-hour ticket! For more details, check out this page!

Tower of Pisa

The Tower of Pisa or the Leaning Tower of Pisa is the most famous building in the world. The tower was planned as a Campaign for the Dome of Pisa.

Twelve years after the construction began on August 9, 1173, when the construction reached the third floor due to the poor soil quality of clay and sand, the tower started to slope in the southeast direction. Construction has stopped for the next 100 years. To offset the inclined side, the next four floors were built obliquely. The construction had to be interrupted again, until 1372, when the bell tower was finally completed.

Having a particular importance in the tourism industry in Pisa, the Italian government has been seriously involved in the last consolidation that began in 1990. In December 2001 the tower was declared stable and secure for 300 years and reopened to public access.

The tower has a height of 56 meters and a weight of 14,453 tons and its construction began in August 1173. The Pisa Tower has seven bells, but they have not been allowed to sound for a long time because of the danger of collapse.

Tickets: 18 €

You can buy your ticket online here!

The visit program is here!

Baptistery San Giovanni

The construction started in 1152 to replace the old one. The Baptistry is the largest in Italy, and it is built of marble, in the Roman-Gothic style. An enigmatic building with a special dome covered with red tiles on the front facing the sea and lead sheets to the east. The interior is not so impressive, it is light and simple enough, the ceiling is devoid of frescos, even if the original plan provided for it. The baptistery is especially appreciated for the special acoustics.

 

Camposanto

The cemetery is the last monument in Piazza del Duomo and was founded in 1277 to host the graves that until then were scattered around the Cathedral. Archbishop Federico Visconti wanted this building to be “a great and dignified place, isolated and closed.”

Sinopie Museum

“Sinoper” or “Sinopia”, the red pigment that is mixed with water and applied with the brush, was the compound that early frescoes adopted to tell the Old and New Testament stories on Camposanto walls in Pisa. The synopies housed in this museum are therefore the preparatory drawings for the vast frescoes that have adorned the Camposanto walls. The Pisa collection is absolutely unique, and has come to light as a result of a terrible event. Following a fire that broke out after a bombing, during the Second World War, much of the plaster was destroyed. It was necessary to separate frescoes from the plaster to save huge portions that were not burned and rebuild them. The outer film of the paint was removed using the “strappo” technique, revealing the hidden synopes underneath. Since 1979, they have been in the Sinopia Museum, and can be admired by tourists.

 

Bapptisteriul       |        Composanto         |       Sinopie Museum

Ticket: a monument of your choice: 5 €

two monuments:                   7 €

three monuments:                 8 €

You can buy tickets online here, or from the Sinopia Museum.

 

Santa Maria Tower and the Medieval Walls

The Santa Maria Tower is the most famous tower of the ancient walls of Pisa, and closes the north-west side of the fortifications of the famous Piazza del Duomo. You can take a walk about 3 km on the walls, and admire the city from the height!

Timetable:

1 APRIL-31 MAY; 1 SEPTEMBER-30 SEPTEMBER

  • Monday to Sunday 9: 00-19: 00.

1 JUNE-31 AUGUST

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9:00 to 21:00
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 9.00-21.00

1 OCTOBER-31 MARCH

  • Monday-Sunday: 10.00-15.30

Closed December 25 and in case of bad weather (rain / wind). For groups and events there is the possibility of opening by reservation at other times.

 

Ticket: 3 €

 

The Botanical Garden of the University of Pisa

Created by the order of Cosimo I de Medici, at the instigation of the great botanist, Luca Ghini, Giardino dei Semplici is the oldest botanical garden in the world and the first to connect to a university.

The garden is a place of meditation and research, and possesses some authentic vegetation “mirabilia” as well as planted and dried specimens for scientists to study.

Botanical Garden Program:

  • Monday to Friday 8.30-17.30;
  • Saturday 8.30-13;
  • closed on Sundays, on legal holidays and on Christmas holidays.

The last entry will be half an hour before the closing time.
Museum: visible on request.

Tickets:

  • Price: 2.50 €;
  • Reduced price:
    • 1,50 € (for children 6-12 years)
    • 6,00 € (for families)
  • Free for people under the age of 6 and over 65.

 

Our journey will continue! You will be surprised to find out how many great places you can see in such a city where everybody is summoned to visit a tower! : D I’m waiting for you, in the second part, to continue our journey and find wonderful places!

 

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