Usually those who arrive in Pisa besides visiting only the Campo Santo do not know that there are many other interesting places in the area.
Beyond the field of the Miracles one could take a walk in the historical center of Pisa just after the Central Station, and continue beyond Ponte di Mezzo, where in June the Game of the Bridge takes place, a medieval re-enactment is thus reached in Borgo Stretto, the center of Medieval Pisa.
The Lungarni of Pisa as well as being famous for Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa is also known for its spectacular riversides The lungarni are both important meeting points for young Pisans, and interesting points of reference for tourists.
They host important buildings dating back to medioevo Among the various riversides, the best known is the Medici one which houses the Palazzo dei Medici, the Palazzo Toscanelli and the Church of San Matteo in Soarta.
Then we have as a place to visit the Piazza dei Cavalieri which takes its name from the presence, wanted by the Grand Duke Cosimo I de 'Medici. For centuries it was the place of civic civil power, even if today it is above all a cultural and study place with the presence of the Normal School of Pisa, housed in the Palazzo della Carovana. It is an example of Renaissance architecture designed by Giorgio Vasari that embellished it with allegorical figures and zodiac signs. Next to it there is the equally beautiful Palazzo dell'Orologio, a medieval building in which the "Torre della Fame" was incorporated, guided tours, with free admission, take place by reservation.
The Murales by Keith Haring in Pisa
Keith Haring leaves the city with an extraordinary work of art: it is the mural "Tuttomondo", painted on the rear façade of the convent of the "Servi di Maria" friars of the church of S. Antonio.The characters that animate the murals are 30, set as in a puzzle, and each represents an aspect of a world in peace: there are the "humanized" scissors that defeat the evil serpent that was devouring the head of the next figure. Then there is motherhood, represented by the woman holding the child.
Borgo of Pisa
If you pass through the historic center of Pisa you will probably pass by Borgo narrow, or "il borgo", as the Pisans call it. It is the most characteristic street of the center, with arcades, shops and coffee tables. Along the way, buildings dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries cross here, where families of nobles and merchants competed to build the most beautiful, tall, colorful building. Much can still be glimpsed of all that splendor today.
To draw the attention of all to Pisa has always been the tower of Pisa but in the field there is much more The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is one of the greatest Romanesque artistic expressions that you will find in Pisa, the cathedral melts inside classical, Norman, Byzantine, early Christian and Arab elements. The exterior is richly decorated with multicolored marbles, mosaics and bronze objects, while the interior is characterized by the particular alternation of white and black marble, gray marble columns and coffered ceiling.
The Baptistery is located a short distance from the Cathedral contains inside a Pulpit that depicts the Life of Christ and the Virtu. The Baptistery is today the largest in Italy.The construction of the Baptistery encountered problems in the realization linked above all to the lack of money that led to the construction of the dome with different materials such as red tiles and lead plates.
The Camposanto Monumentale
The Camposanto Monumentale is located near the Campo dei Miracoli and is a place rich in history, where prominent figures of the Pisan world have been buried. The current layout of the Camposanto comes directly from the nineteenth century, a period in which burials were moved indoors. . A further restoration work after the bombings of the Second World War.
After visiting its monuments we can move on to its kitchen. However, the Pisan cuisine can boast typical dishes such as the frog soup, the white bean soup of San Michele or the bavettine on fish. The fish is one of the main protagonists of the tables: the mullet and grilled cod, the boiled spider fish and the sweet and sour stockfish are the most common recipes. There are also the meat of faggiano and wild boar.