Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

The Italian region of Tuscany is well know for its wine fields and rolling picturesque countryside. You probably have heard of Florence, its capital city, and of Pisa and its famous tower.

The Royal Princess docked for a day in the port of Livorno. A bus tour took us northeast to the city of Pisa to see the tower. The city is on the Arno River.

Plazza del Miracoli

The Plazza del Miracoli or Place of Miracles is made up of three parts representing the cycle of life. In the foreground, the round building, is the baptistery representing birth. Behind it and largest  building is the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. It represents life. On the extreme left (north side of the square) is a long building. It is a cemetery and represents death.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta – Duomo

The leaning tower, on the right of the picture above, is not a separate part of the early design. It was built as a free standing (leaning) structure to be the bell tower for the duomo, church. If you look carefully at the picture below the bells can be seen at the top of the tower.

Top of the leaning tower of Pisa.

The church is so large compared to the size of the square, I had to stitch two photos together to show it all at once.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta – Duomo

book ahead online for a spot in line.

Although we arrived early in the morning the crowds had already created lines to do anything, including taking the typical tourist photos.

Oh, look at the tourists!

Our tour did not allow time for us to endure the lines so we left the interior views for another trip. It was a long walk from the bus to the entrance and we had to make a washroom stop before “bus-tling” off to our next attraction.

Did I mention the crowds?

crowds to get in past the vendors

and crowds to get out past the vendors

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2 Responses to PISA

  1. Martha says:

    It amazes me to see these beautiful buildings that were built one stone at a time with bear hands. Absolutely breathtaking photos.

    • DJ says:

      I think they had more people working back then.
      Now we are knocking down buildings that are less than 50 years old.
      Maybe today’s building plan is a little shortsighted.

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