“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” – Peter Hoeg
About 3 hours bus ride from Rome is a place that has one of the most impressive squares in the world… Pisa, located in the Italian region of Tuscany.
Our coach took us to a parking lot where we took a fun ride on a miniature McDonald’s train. It was such a joy seeing all of us 50 something ladies and gents singing and laughing on our way to the market of Pisa.
The Walking Street is a nice place to walk around and it took us to various restaurants, cafes and gelato shops. First thing we saw was this pedestrian levitating act which was quite interesting. On the other side of the road were lots of gypsies selling watches, souvenirs, aprons, magnets, etc.
We were given free time to explore the market, its surrounds and have lunch. Lunch was, where else but McDonald’s, Pisa, Italy branch. Haha love the curly fries 👍🏼
We met up at the market after an hour and from the market we reached a gate. We were already warned by our tour director that we will have a surprise once we turned that corner… and surprised we were!
I believe everyone of us upon entering the Grande Gate was in awe with what we saw…. I don’t think my camera has captured its full grandeur below. This is what is called the Square of Miracles and as the name implies… this is a most majestic square where the Tower of Pisa, the Cathedral of Pisa and the Baptistery can be found in one go.
The snow white buildings were made of limestone coated with marble, so they were sort of gleaming against the blue skies and the immaculate green grass, which were so glorious to look at.
This famous square, Piazza del Duomo, was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1987. Later on it was renamed Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) by the poet Gabriele G’Annunzio for the beauty of its architectural jewels.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with up to 1 million tourists visiting the tower annually. Ironically the unusual tilt caused by a mistake on the creation of the foundation of the Leaning Tower of Pisa made it to be one of the great iconic symbols of Italy.
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Tourists from all over the world love to take photographs of themselves with the Leaning Tower of Pisa using creative and amusing optical illusions. We saw hundreds of tourists taking touristy photos …. so I guess it is a must when going to Pisa…so here we go…
This round shaped Bapistery of Pisa welcomes visitors who enter the Piazza dei Miracoli. This is the largest bapistery in Italy standing at 55 m, with a circumference of 100 m. The white marble of the Baptistery combines a Romanesque base with Gothic upper floors with dainty details.
Inside, you can find the intricate hexagonal pulpit that stands in the centre, which was sculpted by Niccola Pisano in 1260.
Pisa Cathedral is the main church as well as the Archbishop’s office. This is the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. This is one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture, built in 1063 – 1092. The design of the facade is so intricate and refined and is made of pastel-colored marble.
The bronze doors were made by Florentine artists in the 17th century, after the original wooden doors were damaged in the 1595 fire.
The interior of Pisa Cathedral has a mixture of the Renaissance and the Medieval architecture. In 1959, there was a fire in the cathedral that resulted in the destruction of most of the Medieval parts and the rest were rebuilt in the Renaissance style which was popular during that time.
Like most interiors of cathedrals in Italy, this one is full of bronze and gilded statues, paintings and mosaics of angels. This cathedral is really a work of art!
The pulpit was a masterpiece made of ivory and the details was done by Giovanni Pisano in 1302-10.
The curved wall of the altar was filled with Medieval and Renaissance paintings.
The medieval pieces include the Tomb of Emperor Henry VII, originally sculpted by Tino di Camaino.
This square is surrounded by beautiful green lawn where tourists and locals can relax and sit down (despite all the signs that says otherwise).
Angelo Caduto, or Fallen Angel was designed by the Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj which literally looks like the statue has just fallen on the grass lawn.
Statue of Angels on the middle of the Square of Miracles
After a short few hours in Pisa, we had our mini train ride which took us back to our coach.
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And then we were off to our next destination…Florence.
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