Attractions in pisa italy, Tuscany

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The list of major Pisa attractions is a short one and concentrated mostly in the Cathedral Square.

The most famous and known all over the world is The Campanile more popularly known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa

This is the world’s most popular bell tower. It has 294 steps and is 186 feet tall. Bonano Pisano started work on the tower in 1173. In 1372 the tower was completed when its seven bells were put in place.

One has to see this tower up close and climb the steps to really appreciate it.

The Duomo

Next in the list of Pisa attractions and one of the major monuments in Italy, the Duomo was built between 1063 to 1118, it features an ornate nave with golden-coffered ceiling. It is about 312 feet long, and has 58 beautiful Corithinian columns decorated with lifelike statues of biblical figures.

On the north side of the nave is Giovanni Pisano’s pulpit, sculpted sometime in 1302 – 1311. It show scenes from the birth of John the Baptist, the life of Christ, and the Last Judgment. Also features Andrea del Sarto’s painting, the St. Agnes with her Lamb, and the mosaic Christ Pancrator, by Cimabue.

The Baptistery

The largest in Italy at 104 meter in circumference. It is the work of several artists.

The lower Romanesque drum was done in 1153 when work first started. Then in 1277, the Gothic upper part was added by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, and during the 1300s, Cellino di Nesi capped it with a Gothic dome creating a work of art that just takes your breath away.

Attractions in pisa italy, Tuscany

The baptismal font was carved and inlaid by Guido Bigarelli da Como.

The other main attraction of the Baptistery is its superior acoustics. Try it by singing a few notes or ask the a choirboy or guard (you may have to pay), and listen to the “voices of angels” coming from the roof.

The Campo Santo

This cemetery was constructed in 1278 by Giovanni di Simone. The dirt in this cemetery is said to have come from Golgotha, the mount where Jesus Christ was crucified. A popular burial place for Pisa’s bigwigs during its heyday.

The Museo delle Sinopie

This is the storehouse of ancient fresco sketches of Bufalmacco, Gozzoli, Traini, and Taddeo Gaddi that survived during the bombing of the Camposanto in 1944.

A sinopia is the name for a preparatory design for a fresco, which was carried out directly on to the walls on a special kind of rough plaster known as arriccio.

Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo

Last but not the least among Pisa attractions, this is a former convent, and the main items in the sculpture collections are from the 11th to 13th century.

Giovanni Pisano’s ivory sculpture, Madonna and Child is housed at the Cathedral treasury in Room 11.

Christoforo da Lendinara’s the master of inlaying has two intarsias in Room 15.

Pisa has more to offer than this, find out if a countryside adventure is for you.