Known as the heart of Pisa, the Piazza dei Miracoli is one of the most stunning squares in the world.
Home to some of the greatest attractions in Pisa, no trip to this region is complete without a visit to this extraordinary square. Featuring lush green lawns, the Cathedral, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Baptistery and Monumental Cemetery. It is so historic and important for Italy, it was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. The square’s structure began in 1063, with buildings and regions of the square constructed over a number of historic periods.
The stunning Romanesque Cathedral in the square is hard not to miss when visiting the region. It is known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, named after Santa Maria Assunta, built to show the Maritime Republic of Pisa’s power and riches. Travel inside and see the endless beauty with artworks and sculptures showcased inside.
The Baptistery of San Giovanni is famed for being the place where Galileo Galilei was baptized. It has a unique beauty, being both a blend of Pisa style Romanesque as well as Gothic influences. This is due to it being built in 1153 but later finished a century later by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano. It is the largest baptistery in the world, with the inside purposely left empty to showcase the size and the stunning acoustics present.
The Leaning Tower
By far the most famous attraction in Pisa, stretching up 56 metres, and slanting approximately 4 degrees. It is known as being one of the most impressive architectural structures from medieval Europe. The slant has made this tower famous, with many coming to the tower for a chance to take the iconic ‘holding the Pisa’ photo. Construction on the tower began in 1173, but further additions and changes have been made to it throughout its existence. The leaning was due to the soft ground, poor building foundation, and height of the tower, with workers fixing the issue to a degree between 1990 to 2001.
The Monumental Cemetery
This stunning attraction is known as the Camposanto Monumentale di Pisa is an old burial ground. The design is stunning, with the walls covered by stunning frescos, and the green grass bordered by pure white columns. Simply stroll through the cemetery and learn about the fascinating history that goes with this structure.