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The Cathedral and Baptistry at the Piazza del Doumo, Pisa Tuscany.
Photo: The Cathedral and Baptistry at the Piazza del Doumo, Pisa Tuscany.

Pisa Tuscany

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Roman writers described Pisa as an old city and recent archeology finds have confirmed there was a city here during the times of the Greeks, 5th Century B.C. Indeed, the city may be much older than than, ancient historians claimed it went back as far as 13th century B.C.

Pisa rose to great power and influence during the 10th and 11th Century, even defeating Venice. Trading with North Africa and other places around the Mediterranean enabled it to aquire much wealth, reflected in its resplendent buildings.

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Piazza del Duomo

The Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) is the most well known attraction in Pisa, where not only the Leaning Tower stands but also the Cathedral and Baptistry, amazing buildings in their own right.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, recently repaired to a less precarious angle, still leans of course. Its original construction began 1173 till its completion in 1350 as the bell tower for the cathedral. Since its base was on sandy soil, the tower began to tilt even while being built.

The Cathedral (Doumo), the oldest of the three buildings at the Piazza was begun in 1064. The building glistens under the Italian sun with white and multi-coloured marble, laid out in complex patterns around lattice work. The Baptistry, designed in the Romanesque style was started in 1153.

Palaces and Grand Villas

Pisa has a number of palaces and grand villas, including the Medici Palace, the Palazzo Reale and the Palazzo Gambacorti, now used as the town hall.

There are a number of significant churches in the city, not least the Santa Maria della Spina, a very small church next to the river Arno.

Conclusion

Visitors will find Pisa a delight for the eyes. The many churches, palaces, towers and villas built so long ago all contribute to its status. Its long history and wealth during the Middle Ages still pays off for the city today with the many happy tourists that come for that memorable visit.

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Romulus and Remus being cared for by a Wolf - Sculpture also at the Piazza del Duomo
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