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"I've been to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It's a tower, and it's leaning. You look at it, but nothing happens, so then you look for someplace to get a sandwich." ~ Danny deVito

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Read about my previous visit to Pisa here: Florence and Pisa in one day..

If you have limited time in Pisa, the only place you need to head to is the Piazza dei Mirocoli, the Field of Miracles. In 1987, the whole square was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As with many cities in Italy, their famous sights dominate their skylines. With Pisa it is no different, as you already spot the cathedral and that famous tower when you enter Pisa. The town of Pisa only has a population of 90 000 people, but attracts over 1 million visitors every year thanks to the famous leaning tower.

While crossing the bridge into Pisa, the Field of Miracles can be seen in the distance

This piazza is recognised as one of the finest architectural complexes in Europe and is a centre of Renaissance art. The complex hosts the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Pisa Cathedral, the Pisa Baptistry and the Old Cemetery.

The Baptistry - the largest baptistry in Italy at 54.86m high

The Pisa Campanile (Bell Tower) - commonly known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, currently leaning at 4 degrees.

The Pisa Cathedral - the heart of the Piazza dei Mirocoli

Beautiful aerial shot of the Field of Miracles.
Credit to: Mark the Gr8
From top to bottom it is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the cathedral and then the baptistry with is dome.
To the left of the field is the white rectangular building called the Composanto Monumentale, the old cemetery. It holds a shipload of sacred soil from the Crusades. This is also where the name of the piazza, Holy Field, originates from.

Next stop: La Spezia

Posted by Anja Fourie 07:33 Archived in Italy Tagged italy pisa field_of_miracles

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