The lean tower of Pisa steals the show when it comes to attractions that one can explore when in the beautiful city. The first stop you should make is at the Battistero (Baptistery) which is one of the largest and finest in Italy. Visitors will discover other interesting attractions in Pisa like the knights square (Piazza dei Cavalieri) and the holy field (Camposanto) which are loaded with medieval personality. There are daily Pisa walking tours that are very popular as they enable individuals to take in most enticing landmarks and attractions. This also gives tourists an opportunity to find out about Pisa’s wealth history. Some of the popular attractions are:
Baptistery (Battisterro) – Piazza del Duomo, Pisa, Italy
Tel- +39(0)50 560 547
This is the largest circular baptistery found in the city and stands at 348 feet and 104 meters in circumference. It is located close to the Duomo. Construction started in 1153 and was done by Deotisalvi who gave it the Romanesque style drum. His name is found at the door of the building. Renovations were done later to give it large dome and a gothic style. It features numerous statues, acoustics, a pulpit and numerous interesting decorative pieces. It is better to visit the building in the morning and you will be treated to the acoustics that echo in the building before the place is packed. One can also enjoy melodious sounds from the choir to give one a memorable visit. Entrance is free and is normally open from 08:00-19:40 in the months of April to September, 09:00 -17:40 on March and October and 09:00-16:40 from November-February.
Camposanto (Holy Field / Cemetery) – Piazza del duomo, Pisa, Italy
Tel: +39 (0)50 560 547
This is a beautiful, wall structured, enormous monumental cemetery located in North Duomo. It was made in 1278 as a place where holy soil from the place Christ was crucified was kept. It was bombed in 1944 which set the wooden roof on fire and destroyed the whole place. It was later reconstructed with the original design but still has items that were saved at the time which make it very interesting like the “Drunkenness of Noah”, Triumph of Death and a Greek vase from the second century. Workers got the original sketches at the bottom of the building. These have been put on display at the Museo dellaSinopie. There is no entrance fee it and is open from 08:00-1940 (April-September), 09:00-17:40 (March –October) and 09:00-1640 (November-Friday).
Orto Botanico di Pisa (Botanical Gardens) – via L Ghini 5, Pisa, Italy
Tel: +39 (0)50 561 795
This is found in the heart of Pisa a few minutes away from the tower. These are the oldest gardens that are found in Europe and were formed in 1540. Here one can see a large collection of specimen that has been picked from all over the world; the beautiful gardens are part of the Pisa University and provide a serene place where people can relax. There are guided tours and theatrical pieces that are performed outdoors during summer. Entrance is free and is open on weekdays from 8:00- 13:00 and 14:00 -5:30, 8:00-13.00 on Saturday and remains closed in Sunday.
Piazza dei Cavalieri (Knights Square)-Pisa, Italy
This was laid out by Giorgio Vasari in 1560. It is located in the backstreets in the central square of medieval Pisa. It features huge busts of Medici and joins the Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri church. The Palacco dell’ Orologio is found on the opposite side and one of the smartest streets Borgo Stretto is found on the east where visitors can find a variety of shops. It was mostly used as a fort to protect the coast from Turks attack.