DISCOVERING PISA AND ITS ARTISTIC BEAUTIES

The city of Pisa contains priceless treasures that make it one of the most important Italian cities of art. The fulcrum of its precious artistic and architectural offer is the Piazza dei Miracoli, from which the famous Leaning Tower rises. The marble whiteness of the monuments, which seem to rise from the turf from the square, offers visitors a unique spectacle of its kind. The harmony of the loggias, which make the imposing structure of the Leaning Tower so graceful, is repeated in the nearby Cathedral and in the more distant Baptistery, creating a stylistic and visual continuum of rare beauty. The square's artistic offer is completed by the Sinopie Museum, which houses the preparatory drawings of the frescoes in the Monumental Cemetery and the Opera Museum, a rich collection of ancient sculptures, paintings and reliquaries.

Ancient Maritime Republic, Pisa offers much more than the famous Tower and deserves a stay of a few days to allow you to appreciate all its beauties. The creeks of the Arno, around which the city was born and grew up, make the view of the Lungarni and the majestic palaces of the Grand Ducal period, the Romanesque and Gothic churches and the medieval and Renaissance fortifications that overlook them evocative. which can be admired from the five bridges that cross the Arno. Among other authors, such as Byron, Shelley, Montesquieu, Leopardi, Carducci, D'Annunzio and Foscolo have written about the charm of the Lungarni.

The Lungarni are particularly spectacular at night, thanks to the lights of the street lamps and buildings that are reflected in the river. During the Night of San Ranieri, on June 16, the profiles of the buildings and bridges are adorned with a thousand lights to celebrate the patron saint of the city: it is the magical atmosphere of the Luminara. The Lungarni are also the setting for the Gioco del Ponte, a famous historical re-enactment in which, at the end of a long procession in costume, the two city factions of Tramontana and Mezzogiorno challenge each other in a test of strength, trying to push a heavy trolley on tracks.

The Regatta of San Ranieri , a legacy of the prestigious tradition of the Pisa Maritime Republic, concludes the patronal feast, within the events of the Pisan June. A tradition to which the most recent institution (1956) of the Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics also refers.

A few minutes from the Tower is the Renaissance Piazza dei Cavalieri, the emblem of the Medici domination over the city. Commissioned by Cosimo I to celebrate the Order of the Knights of Santo Stefano and designed by Vasari, it contains the most important palaces and churches of the grand-ducal Pisa, first of all the Palazzo dei Cavalieri (also called della Carovana) with its majestic facade.

In the neighborhoods of the historic center, a dense network of alleys branches out, in which the identity of medieval Pisa is found. The Borgo Stretto road joined the two bridges that allowed the passage over the Auser (now Serchio) waterways to the north, and Arno, to the south of the city. Here we find the Church of San Michele in Borgo, an example of the rich heritage of Pisan religious buildings, which presents a curiosity about its beautiful facade: writings praising the candidates for the office of Rector of the University in the early seventeenth century.

On the Lungarno Mediceo, the National Museum of San Matteo preserves important medieval collections of Pisan paintings and sculptures, wooden sculptures and illuminated manuscripts. Former summer residence of the Medici family, the National Museum of Palazzo Reale exhibits furnishings and tapestries of the time, as well as a collection of armaments from the Gioco del Ponte. Inside there is also a plaster cast gallery and a collection of paintings by Antonio Ceci.

Other churches that deserve interest are that of the Holy Sepulcher on Lungarno Galilei, built with an octagonal plan that is inspired by the model of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and, again along the Arno, the particular Church of Santa Maria della Spina, a notable example of gothic art in Europe, built in 1230. The name derives from the fact that a “thorn” was brought here as part of Christ's crown, later moved to another church. Also not to be missed is the Church of San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno in the Sant’Antonio district.

Outside the city center worthy of attention is the Romanesque Basilica in San Piero a Grado , located in the place where legend has it that the apostle Peter landed in the year 44 The monumental interior with three naves is of great effect, while the beauty of the three apses and the particularity of a fourth apse, in place of the facade, stand out on the outside.

Pisa is the birthplace of some illustrious names of the Italian scientific tradition, such as the mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci </ strong>, the physicist Antonio Pacinotti </ strong> and the great Galileo Galilei </ strong>, father of modern science.

The presence of Galileo in Pisa can be found in numerous places in the city, in a sort of itinerary that allows you to retrace some significant moments in its history. It starts from the Leaning Tower, where the scientist carried out the experiment of the fall of the bodies, and from the Duomo, where there is the so-called Galileo lamp, which allowed the scientist to discover the isochronism of the pendulum, to arrive at the house where he was born. on February 15, 1564.

Piazza dei Cavalieri, Palazzo dell’Orologio The path on his traces continues in the Museum of Calculation Instruments, where there are some of his instruments such as the geometric and military compass, and in the Galilean Domus, where a couple of autographed letters are kept.

The city of Pisa is still confirmed today as a center of excellence in the field of research, thanks to the presence of its prestigious University (founded in 1343), the Scuola Normale Superiore, located in Piazza dei Cavalieri, the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and the Council National research (CNR).

Center of art and ancient history, a place of culture with an international flavor, an irreplaceable destination for those who want to admire monuments of unparalleled beauty, Pisa is a unique city in the world and only the starting point for an exciting journey, to discover the many treasures that all around the provincial territory is ready to reveal.

L’hotel Villa Tower Inn grazie alla sua posizione consente di poter soggiornare a Pisa, lasciare l’auto ed a piedi raggiungere questi punti di interesse. Una passeggiata tra arte e cultura pisana. Lo staff dell’hotel è a disposizione anche per metterti in contatto con delle guide turistiche o semplicemente suggerire dove poter assaporare dei piatti tipici della tradizione locale.

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