The city of Galileo Galilei, the city of Pisa is also the home of three of the most important Italian and international universities, the University of Pisa, the Scuola Normale Superiore and the Sant’Anna School, the city that houses the National Research Council but more importantly, Pisa is the city known worldwide for the Leaning Tower, one of Italy’s architectural symbols and the Campanile XII century erected in Piazza del Duomo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Galileo Galilei, the father of physics, made his first experiments on gravity right from the Leaning Tower in Piazza del Duomo. In addition to defy the known laws of statics, is also a building with an immense aesthetic, cultural, artistic and historic value. In the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, in addition to the Tower of Pisa, the symbol of the city, stands the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Cemetery. Every year, on June 16th, the Luminara di San Ranieri takes place, a beautiful candle lighting event in honor of the patron saint of the city, which annually attracts thousands of visitors.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Situated in a wonderful location, the so-called Miracle Square, a UNESCO World Heritage, the Tower of Pisa inclines 4 degrees, creating the feeling that it can give in at any moment … arouseing interest of thousands of curious tourists who remain every year amazed and fascinated by the uniqueness and beauty of one of the most amazing monuments in the world. An undisputed symbols of Italy in the World, the Tower of Pisa is a monument of inestimable value and inimitable beauty, a masterpiece that should always be included in the list of things to see while in holiday in Tuscany.
Knights’ Square is the second most famous square of the city. In medieval times the square was the heart of Pisa and from the second half of the sixteenth century became the headquarters of the Knights of St. Stephen, now home of the prestigious Scuola Normale Superiore.
Square of Miracles
A true symbol of Italy and Tuscany, the Cathedral Square is known all over the World and flooded in all periods of the year by the millions of tourists who visit Pisa. The Cathedral Square is also known as the Square of Miracles, a term coined by Gabriele D’Annunzio, who perfectly sums up the wonder and admiration of the visitors to at the sight of beautiful square and the whiteness of the buildings in contrast to the lush green of the grass. The monuments that can be seen here are the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Cemetery and the Leaning Bell Tower.
Luminara of San Ranieri
Every year, on June 16th, the City of Pisa holds the event known by the name of Luminara di San Ranieri, a picturesque town festival in honor of the patron saint of the city. Approximately 100,000 lighted candles are placed on wooden frames, positioned to draw with the lighting the shapes of each building on the Arno river, creating a spectacular effect after sunset. The festival ends with fireworks displayed along the River Arno.