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Discover Pisa

Posted by Luci Ackers on 12 March 2015
Related property: Stigliano
Pisa in Italy

Famous for its architectural mishap, Pisa has much more to offer than just the leaning tower. Once a maritime power to challenge Venice and Genoa, the city is now more well known for its education, meaning the city bustles day and night with more locals than it does tourists.

The Duomo, Pisa's cathedral, was built in 1064 and is one of the first Romanesque churches, inspiring many others throughout Tuscany. The dome was not added until 1380 and the cathedral was the largest in Europe of its time. The ceiling is decorated with 24-carat gold, and the large bronze entrance doors are also something to be marveled at, with illustrations carved of scenes such as the birth and crucifixion of Christ. The Piazza del Duomo is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One of medieval Europe’s most remarkable architectural structures; 840 years old, still standing, and still drawing the crowds. Yes, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Begun in 1173, the work stopped soon after when the first three tiers started to tilt, in 1272 work restarted but, despite efforts to straighten the tower, it ended up leaning. It now tilts an extra 1mm each year, and work is being undertaken to stabilize it using the surrounding buildings and putting in some groundwork to secure its future. With only 40 people being allowed access at one time, queues can be long so booking in advance is advised, and remember to take your camera.

The city is full of great eateries, but one of the best has to be Il Montino. Popular with students and locals, this pizzeria isn't fancy, it simply has great food; try specials like the focaccine or cecina.

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Luci Ackers

Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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