What else does the city offer besides the Leaning Tower?
The Italian city of Pisa is best known for its leaning tower and adjoining square with its cathedral, baptistery, cemetery and museum. Apart from these main attractions, the city does not offer other famous monuments, but wandering the streets of this city is definitely worth it and it pays to spend a day or a day and a half and not just end with a tour of Piazza del Duomo.
The city tour starts from the station and gradually passes through all the interesting places in the city that we managed to visit. We start on the way from the accommodation, which was located about 10 minutes walk from the train station and at the beginning it avoids the main streets but goes to the old fortress, inside which there is a nice park.
The Arno River flows through the city and separates the older and newer part of the historic city center. Several bridges cross the river, connecting these parts. The photo was taken from the Ponte della Fortezza bridge which takes us to a newer part of the city.
Piazza Garibaldi can also be described as the entrance to the oldest part of the city, from where most tourists walk from the river towards the leaning tower. The square is located next to the Ponte di Mezzo bridge.
Between Garibaldi Square and Piazza di Duomo, you can walk among the crowds of tourists along the main street, or walk through the dull little streets, where you meet almost no tourists or locals in the morning and gradually discover the picturesque cafes where tourists but locals do not go. and have with them a typical Italian breakfast (coffee with a croissant).
If you are not interested in a typical Italian breakfast, but decide to buy something in hand, one of the nice places to relax can be a park with a statue of Pietro Leopold I, located near Piazza del Duomo. Nearby is the remains of the Roman baths from Nero's time, but these are only a few ruins in the middle of a busy crossroads.
The Leaning Tower is the largest and most famous landmark of the city, located in Piazza del Duomo. Most tourists are also concentrated in its surroundings, so the square is considerably crowded even out of season (October). It is quite difficult to walk around the tower thanks to the „straighteners“ who want to take a photo of how they straighten or otherwise hold the sloping tower and do not hesitate to stand in the middle of the sidewalk for this activity and block all people around them. It is recommended to buy the entrance to the Leaning Tower a few days in advance, while the ticket costs 18 euros (2019) and is bought for a specific time, as the capacity of the tower is limited, but in low season it is possible to buy a ticket on the spot.
Piazza del Duomo
In addition to the Leaning Tower itself, the main square of Piazza del Duomo is home to the Cattedrale di Pisa, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, Camposanto and the Museum. A ticket for all these attractions costs 7 euros (year 2019) and I definitely recommend buying it and visiting them all.
One of the first places we visited was the cemetery, but I would recommend you to visit the Baptistery first, as it is the longest waiting and there is not much to wait for. Inside, you can see several frescoes, which are gradually being reconstructed, in addition, there are a large number of graves of several important personalities of local history.
The baptismal font is the largest in Italy at the same time
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