Gallery: Day in Pisa

After a week at the European University Institute and exploring Florence, I spent a night in Pisa. The city is known for its Leaning Tower of Pisa, where tourists flock to take pictures while keeping it uprise.

The river Arno

But while the Cattedrale di Pisa with its iconic Torre di Pisa is a beautiful sight, it was the city itself which caught me off guard. Pisa is a stunning city full of houses in all the warm shades of orange.

House facades in Pisa
House facades in Pisa
House facades in Pisa
House facades in Pisa
Windows with shutters in Pisa
Windows with shutters in Pisa
Window and shutters in Pisa
Window and shutters in Pisa
Santa Maria della Spina at the river Arno in Pisa
Santa Maria della Spina at the river Arno in Pisa
Ponte Di Mezzo in Pisa
Ponte Di Mezzo in Pisa
Piazza XX Settembre in Pisa
Piazza XX Settembre in Pisa
Houses at the river Arno
Houses at the river Arno
Piazza Dante Alighieri in Pisa
Piazza Dante Alighieri in Pisa
View of tower from Piazza Dante Alighieri
View of tower from Piazza Dante Alighieri
Palm trees at Piazza Dante Alighieri
Palm trees at Piazza Dante Alighieri
Small alley in Pisa
Small alley in Pisa
Monti + Monti + Monti = 3Monti
Monti + Monti + Monti = 3Monti
Facoltá di Lettere
Facoltá di Lettere
See you on the barricades
See you on the barricades
Piazza Francesco Carrara
Piazza Francesco Carrara
Via Santa Maria
Via Santa Maria
Italian transportation
Italian transportation
Via Santa Maria
Via Santa Maria
Towers of Pisa
Towers of Pisa
Cattedrale di Pisa

Pisa is best known for the leaning bell tower which is a part of the Cathedral of Pisa and stands at the Piazza del Duomo which from 1910 has been better known as Piazza dei Miracoli – the Square of Miracles and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Putti Fountain in front of the Cathedral of Pisa
The Putti Fountain in front of the Cathedral of Pisa

The construction of the famous bell tower was begun in 1173 and took 199 years to complete. A fact which it seems has allowed for the tower to actually survive through construction despite the fact that it already began to lean after the first five years.

That it took so long was mostly due to unrest in the region and continuous battles between Pisa and the surrounding city states.

The famous Pisa photo
The famous Pisa photo

Since its construction the tower has continued to lean further and further and there have been several attempts to stabilise it or straighten it. But it was not until 2001 that engineers managed to stabilise the tower. The fact that it is still leaning is due to the Italian government wanting to keep the tower as the massive tourist attraction that it has become.

Today the tower has stopped moving and is held in its 1838 position.

Family fun in front of Battistero di San Giovanni
Family fun in front of Battistero di San Giovanni

The tower is stunning in its lopsidedness, but what really struck me was the complete impression of all the four monumental religious structures on this grassy piece of land. It seems completely at odds with the warm glow of Pisa’s narrow streets to enter this large area dominated with enormous white and grey marble edifices.

The contrast between the warm and welcoming Pisa and the harsh and cold presence of the Piazza dei Miracoli.

The Cathedral of Pisa
The Cathedral of Pisa
Relaxing at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Relaxing at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Via Carlo Fedeli
Via Carlo Fedeli
Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria
Chiesa di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria
Via Giosuè Carducci
Via Giosuè Carducci
Houses at Via Giosuè Carducci
Houses at Via Giosuè Carducci
Stone detail in Pisa
Stone detail in Pisa
Bust on the corner of house in Pisa
Bust on the corner of house in Pisa
Palazzo della Carovana
Palazzo della Carovana
Chiesa di Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri
Chiesa di Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri
Pathway in Pisa
Pathway in Pisa

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