Post di Viaggio

Walking in …Pisa

Worldwide Pisa and the Leaning Tower are “all in one” and usually the tourist hordes arrive in town only for Campo dei Miracoli.
It’s the same thought for me too: when it comes to Pisa I immediately figure out the Leaning Tower.

But Pisa is not just the Tower or the Duomo and the Baptistery. 
Pisa is a city with a nice center, the Arno river, and during a stroll in Corso Italia while visiting it I was able to see the city decorated for Christmas.

One of the churches that we liked and has caught my attention during the walk in the city center is the one of San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno. 
The style of the facade reminded me a lot of the Duomo in Campo dei Miracoli and in fact they were built almost in parallel. Very similar, in addition to the facades, are also the  three aisles inside.
This church was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War, but the reconstruction has been truly remarkable and brought the church to its former glory.
Not far from this church we ran into the house where Galileo Galilei was born when the family lived in this city. What a nice surprise!
During our walk in the city center we arrived in Piazza dei Cavalieri and here we found the famous Scuola Normale Superiore, founded by Napoleon in the early 1800s which is hosted in Palazzo dei Cavalieri (Knights Palace) .
The pleasant atmosphere in this place is mostly given by many young students moving around or sitting on the stair steps of the palace.
Pisa is not, as far as I could see, a chaotic or hectic city.
The walk along the Arno was one of the nicest things we did.
Here, too, I found the peace and quiet atmosphere that I usually feel along big rivers flowing through the center of the cities.
Last but not least, we could not miss Campo dei Miracoli [ that, I discovered, is officially called Piazza del Duomo] with its very famous monuments.
The famous leaning tower [Campanile is the correct name of the probably best known monument of Pisa] is only one of the beautiful religious buildings that rise in the meadow of the Piazza del Duomo.
The tower stands next to the Cathedral and form, with the Baptistery and the Campo Santo, a set of buildings that blend “arabesque” elements  [the Moorish style of patterned inlaid marble ] with Romanesque columns, niches and Gothic pinnacles.
Campo dei Miracoli, stormed by tourists from all over the world at any time of the year, however, retains the charm and style of a monumental complex.
The feeling I had when visiting the holy places, climbing the stairs of the tower or just sitting in the green grass to admire the monuments is that of peace and tranquility, yet in the midst of the chaotic crowds of students, groups of Japanese with cameras and parish tour groups ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Manuela Giugno 12, 2013

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