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Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is without any doubt one of the world’s most iconic landmarks, comparable to the Tour Eiffel in Paris or the Taj Mahal in India. It is just one of those wonders everybody should see once in their lifetime. Built in Medieval times, this tower was supposed to be straight like all other buildings. However, the soft and unstable ground on which it was constructed was not able to support the structure properly and the tower started leaning on one side.

It is said that Galileo observed phenomena linked to gravity by letting objects drop from the Tower after he once dropped something by mistake. Visitors can climb the almost 300 steps to get to the top of the tower, which offers a panoramic view of the pretty red brick roofs of Pisa.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is located on Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral square, which is also known as Campo dei Miracoli. The area is covered by perfectly green grass and is a stunning architectural complex. The Duomo has a latin cross plan and a stunning marble façade. The round Romanesque Baptistery in front of the Duomo is the largest in Italy. The former hospital Ospedale Nuovo di Santo Spirito completes this unique complex. The bright light marble catches the eye of visitor and creates a sharp contrast with the surrounding buildings.

During the Middle Ages, Pisa used to be a powerful Maritime Republic and rivalled with Venice, Amalfi and Genoa for the hegemony over the Mediterranean Sea. The city flourished during those years and Pisa preserved a gorgeous Medieval historical centre, with gorgeous palazzi and piazze.

Pisa has great transport connections and is a good base for visiting Florence or Lucca. Quintessentially Tuscan, Pisa is full of lovely cafés serving local and Italian specialties. River Arno flows through the city and its banks are called Lungarno. A promenade along the river is highly recommended!