Summer Vacation Trips 2018- Pisa Italy


My time in Pisa was short, yet it was definitely not a waste of time. Before I dive into my experience in Pisa, here is the general Information about Pisa. 

Pisa is a city in Italy's Tuscany district. Tuscany is an area in central Italy. Its capital, Florence, is home to a portion of the world's most conspicuous Renaissance craftsmanship and architecture, including Michelangelo's "David" statue, Botticelli's works in the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo basilica. 

Its assorted characteristic scene incorporates the tough Apennine Mountains, the island of Elba's shorelines on the Tyrrhenian Sea and Chianti's olive forests and vineyards. 

Tuscany is best known for its iconic Leaning Tower. The 56m white-marble barrel is the bell tower of the Romanesque, striped-marble basilica that ascents beside it in the Piazza dei Miracoli (English: Square of Miracles). 

Likewise in the piazza(square) is the Baptistry, whose eminent acoustics are exhibited by beginner vocalists every day, and the Campo Santo Monumentale burial ground. 

Surface: 185.18 km² 
Altitude: 4 m
Inhabitants: 90,118
Prefix: 010
Time zone: UTC + 1 
Inhabitants Name: Piso
Patron: San Ranieri 
Holiday: June 17th


  Pisa Cathedral
A shot of  Pisa Cathedral from the side.

Pisa Cathedral (Italian: Cattedrale Metropolitana Primaziale di Santa Maria Assunta; Duomo di Pisa) is a medieval Roman Catholic house of prayer committed to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, in the Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, Italy. It is a prominent case of Romanesque engineering, specifically, the style known as Pisan Romanesque. 


 A shot of  Pisa Cathedral from the side

Surveying this cathedral in real life is an encounter. The finishing on the walls where excellent. 

On second thought, as at the time this church building was worked, there were no machines to carry out these heavy duty responsibilities.

Each one detail was a consequence of individuals with creative minds working together. I assume with their punch chisel and mallet to bust through the stones.

 Pisa Cathedral from the side

My Experience at Pisa, Itlay

I didn't know about the pinnacle until the eleventh day of July 2018 when I visited.

Possibly, I simply lost the capacity to close my mouth since I was truly astounded at what I saw. 

I recalled my husband saying it was a surprise. Considering the fact that we were ready on vacation at the sea I did not picture something out of the ordinary. 

Visiting different urban communities from our vacation spot was normal. Although I was used to him informing me concerning where we're going before actually visiting. For the record, I knew I was visiting a place called Pisa.

At arrival, I saw nothing. I surmise that was on the grounds that we stopped somewhere very far from our actual destination.

Outside the carport were a huge number of people walking and going in the same direction. They had an educator, who was talking and teaching them about the road and where they were going to. 

I was glad she was communicating in English so I chose to join the group and tune in to the guide.

The boulevards were normal. The main thing that stood out enough to be noticed as the number of individuals who wear strolling, going to a particular destination. 

At the intersection to the opposite side of the street, I found an open market. It seemed to be like an ethnic market. There were Africans, Asians and Europeans selling Artworks, items of clothing, food etc.  

It was intriguing in light of the fact that it was beautiful. I  kept feeding my eyes until I got to a goliath entryway. 

I saw individuals entering through the gate and to one side of the door were outfitted military men and women with their vehicle. 



Pisa Italy
The Gate 



My Moment of Truth was the point at which I squeezed through the gate and got into the square, Piazza dei Miracoli (English: Square of Miracles). What I saw was jaw-dropping, heavenly and to a degree unimaginable. Before me was standing the Leaning Tower of Pisa.


Summer Vacation Trips 2018- Pisa Italy

At a point, I thought I was imagining things. It was not just conceivable that the Leaning Tower of Pisa was like this! I had some crazy thoughts which you will learn of in a bit.

My weird thought about the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Was it that it was a slip-up of the builders?

Possibly, the architects and the people who did the development committed an error. I just couldn't clarify the likelihood of a Leaning pinnacle.

The square itself is a major one; "Piazza dei Miracoli (English: Square of Miracles)". It comprised of various diverse structures which were made in white stones. Regardless of the fact that the leaning tower stood out, the building around was an outstanding also.  There as the  Pisa Baptistery of St. John (Italian: Battistero di San Giovanni), Pisa Cathedral, and the Campo Santo, also known as Camposanto Monumentale. For me everything inside the Piazza dei Miracoli is unique.

Pisa Baptistery

Pisa Baptistery of St. John

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Pisa Baptistery of St. John

Piazza fei Miracoli

As you can envision, the compound was exceptionally packed. There were lots of people from different walks of life going around.



The Leaning Tower
The Leaning Tower

The Leaning Tower

Piazza dei Miracoli

Your young lady got extremely parched as well. I just couldn't wait to explore. I was really curious to see what the tower resembles from within.

I just couldn't envision what work has been put into this development.

The tower's tilt started amid development in the twelfth century, specifically, August 9, 1173. Because of delicate ground on one side, which was unfit to appropriately bolster the structure's weight. The tilt expanded in the decades prior until the structure was finished in the fourteenth century. It steps by step expanded until the structure was balanced out (and the tilt halfway revised) by endeavours in the late 12th and mid 21st centuries.

Pisa Italy


My imaginations can't stop to run through the fact that this building was started in the year 1173.  I do not seem to understand how men in that time could create this kind of masterpiece! With no special machinery. Just with their hands, brains and time. After decades of completion, the leaning tower of Pisa is still standing!

Unfortunately, I didn't get the opportunity to get into any of the buildings.

Considering the fact that we visited during the peak season and my health situation, it was messed up. In Italy, the peak season is between mid-June through to August.

Don't get me wrong, summer is a great time to travel — except for the crowds and high temperatures. Families with school-age children are usually locked into peak-season travel.

At the time we visited it was crowded, and the queue to get into the tower was super long and I could not just support it. Standing for long will not just work for me especially when I was not with a wheelchair.

We settled for going around with the aim of visiting this year. So stay tuned for an updated post on my visit to Pisa.


Pisa Italy
Cathedral


From my observation and time spent in Piazza dei Miracoli (miracle square), here are my recommendations.


Go as early as you can.

Visit the restaurants inside the square to make your reservations. This way you are sure to have a place to eat at a given time. Not doing this might leave you with the option to do street food. I can't recommend any restaurant because we did the last thing first. As at the point we needed to eat, all the restaurants were full.


Restaurants near Leaning Tower of Pisa


There are lots of places you can eat at, the list below might be of help.
Osteria in domo
Cafe Pasticceria I Miracoli   
Subway Pisa   
Ristoro Pecorino   
Paninoteca Il Canguro
Pizzeria Trattoria La Buca and lots more.

Instead of looking around, go get your tickets. Do your visitation inside the building before taking note of what is happening in the environment.

If you are coming with your family, make sure to walk together. The crowd could be overwhelming depending on the time you choose to visit.

After your visitation, you can take pictures in the compound all you want.

Pay special mind to your items. There is always that one person who is looking to pick someone else's item.

The best season to visit totally depends on what you can tolerate. If you love the crowd and have plenty of money to spend, visit during the peak or shoulder season. If you just can't deal with the crowd, I will say you settle for the offseason. By the way, visiting during offseason is cheaper.


I would love to visit Piazza dei Miracoli again. Hopefully, I will get the opportunity to enter the tower.

To get into the of the leaning tower and different structures around it isn't over the top expensive.

You can take a look at the cost of a ticket on their official site.


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19 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this nice list of activities in Pisa. I would love to go there soon.

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  2. Oh wow, looks absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing your pictures and experiences with us!

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  3. Like most people from outside Italy who haven't visited Pisa, I had only heard of the Leaning Tower. Your blog shares so many other delights of the place. The Cathedral certainly looks worth a visit.

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  4. Italy is gorgeous. It would seriously be a dream to go there.

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  5. Pisa is such a nice town. I loved it there. The tourist square is a little too crowded for me but generally it's for the better

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  6. Italy is one of my dream place that I really want to visit someday lucky you! awesome photos.

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  7. I love Pisa, Italy it is such a gorgeous place. We enjoyed it so much when we visited 2 years ago.

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  8. Wonderful..Glad you shared this amazing list. I am a travel bug and looking forward to experiencing Pisa, Italy later this year this list will help me out.

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  9. You leave nothing out in your post! Very detailed and the photos are well taken. I would love to go there and take in the views and the foods!

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  10. Wow, this was full of surprises. I never considered this area, but it honestly sounds like the perfect place for me and my family. It’s so beautiful

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  11. Never been to Pisa, Italy so reading your post is like a quick short travel there, even though a virtual one, and I love it, and the photos are great! Thanks for sharing this!

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  12. twinspirationalparties6 May 2019 at 17:19

    Haven't been to Pisa, Italy is one of bucket list. This country really looks so great. I'm sure you had a great time in Pisa.

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  13. Great to read your travel experiences from the previous year. I want to visit Italy soon. For me, last year was all about travelling in different regions of India and Bhutan.

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  14. Italy is my DREAM trip! I love it all - the sights, foods, and people.

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  15. Italy is in my bucket list.Pisa looks so beautiful and so much touch of history.I love historical places

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  16. That must have been such a cool journey. My jaw would drop as well seeing it. I didn't realize they did things to balance the structure due to the poor ground while the building was under construction. That just amazes me.

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  17. Thanks for sharing your experience with all these awesome information! It is sure a good place for perfect sight seeing, hope i could go there soon too.

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  18. Twinspirationalparties9 May 2019 at 15:05

    Pisa is really such a nice place. I really love it here. It is still in my bucket list. Even if I already went there uears ago.

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  19. Italy is on my list of places I want to visit someday. I'm glad you had a good experience!

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