Car rental in Pisa
Around the Leaning Tower by car?Inexperienced tourists who visit the small town in Tuscany may think that they will have to be driving the rented car in circles around Bonanno Pisano’s engineering blunder, until the gasoline or vacation ends. But this is not true: it’s forbidden to drive near it. Therefore, having rented a car at the Galileo airport, it is better not to drive too close to the Leaning Tower. You never know …
AttractionsThe attractions of Pisa are not only architectural monuments. It is also Buccellato cheese, crispy bruschettas with white or black truffles, Cacciucco fish stew, homemade chocolate "Amadeus", and the famous pici pasta.
And the city, in which 60% of the population are students, is also an attraction itself. After all, this gives Pisa the right of being called the most ‘student’ city in the world.
Therefore, when driving on its streets, do not close your eyes. Especially if you are behind the wheel.
Piazza dei Miracoli.
Its name is translated as ‘the Square of Miracles’. It is a huge Pisa's Cathedral Square, on which all the ‘wonders’ of the city are located: the Pisa Cathedral and its worldwide famous bell tower, the Baptistery and the Cemetery of Campo Santo which is an architectural ensemble included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
It was built in the 11th and 12th centuries for money collected as a result of the campaigns in Palermo and the Balearic Islands. During that time, the Pisa republic was competing with the Venetian Republic, and obviously both were measuring their might by the size of their cathedrals. In Venice, St. Mark's Cathedral was being constructed at that time.
The architecture of the cathedral is very unusual, because it includes Lombard, Byzantine and Islamic styles. The style that appeared during 80 years of construction received its own name: the Pisa Romanesque.
Leaning Tower of Pisa.
This is the bell tower of the Pisa Cathedral, which has been falling for almost 800 years. But this is not the most interesting thing. It is curious that it began to "fall" immediately after the third floor was completed!!! And there are only eight of them.
However, they didn’t even think of breaking the tower and starting all over again: the funds had already been spent. And for two hundred years that followed, six generations of construction workers were gradually changing the curvature of the axis of the tower, so that at least the eighth floor could be more or less straight. As a result, the most famous ‘banana’ ever was created.
So "creating difficulties, and then heroically overcoming them" is by all means not our invention. (Another question, is it worth always doing everything as they do in Pisa?).
Baptistery of St. John.
If someone does not know, the baptistery is a separate building for baptizing. Baptistery of St. John is a true masterpiece of Romanesque and Gothic architecture in Pisa. What is more important, the Pisan Baptistery is the largest in the world.
For those who are disappointed by the Leaning Tower, admiring baptistery becomes a well-deserved consolation prize, as it is very beautiful!
Piazza dei Cavalieri.
The square is the main place of the secular city attractions. However, in the past the headquarters of the Order of St. Stephen were located here. But then the citizens started using the square for councils and holidays.
Now the Piazza dei Cavalieri houses the building of the Scuola Normale Superiore, the higher educational institution of the University of Pisa.