Local traditions and culture in Pisa

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    Holding up the tower

    by croisbeauty Updated Jun 2, 2013

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    It is very funny observing numerous tourists, of all ages and sex, in trying to capture the photo in which they are pretending to keep the Tower of falling down. I didn't try to do it, although I admit, such a photo if captured in good position must be attractive and very dear memory to the visitors. I revesited Pisa in 2011, this time was with my wife and still we didn't make memory photo.

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    A little more to the right... a little more...!

    by Jefie Updated Jul 15, 2010

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    I'm not sure how long this has been going on, but one of the very popular things to do on the Piazza dei Miracoli apparently is to have your picture taken at an angle that makes it look as though you're pushing the tower. While this may seem like a good photo opportunity, I thought it was even more funny to take a picture of said people with their hands pointlessly up in the air :o)

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    Pisa Vini

    by alemir82 Written Feb 20, 2006

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    The exhibition, which is held in the Convent of Santa Croce is dedicated to the production of white and red wines from the province of Pisa. A rich and complete exhibition on local wine production and everything it entails: tastings, accompaniment with traditional cuisine and the promotion of Pisan gourmet products.

    Last weekend of November.

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    Italiano

    by Marpessa Written Nov 3, 2005

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    When traveling in a country where english is not the main language I try to make an effort to speak the local language. Italian is a beautiful language and it isn't very hard to pick up the basics. I got a phrase book and a CD, which I put on my i-Pod, to help me learn some phrases. And while I was shy about trying to speak the language at first, by the end of my 2 weeks there I was ordering meals and ice-cream (gelato) all in Italian!

    So here are some helpful phrases to get you started!

    Hello/Goodbye (informal): Ciao
    Good Morning: Buongiorno
    Good Afternoon/Evening: Buonasera
    Good Night: Buonanotte
    Yes/No: Si/No
    Please: per favore
    Thank you: grazie
    That's fine: Va bene
    How Are You?: Come sta?
    Open/Closed: aperto/chiuso
    Entrance/Exit: entrata/uscita
    Where is...?: Dov'e...?

    and...
    I didn't understand: non ho capito
    Do you speak English?: Parla Inglese?

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    Bel muro!!! Komplimenti

    by croisbeauty Written Oct 12, 2005

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    The authorities, all over the world, struggle against non authorized graphites which, more or less, deface many facades over the town, sometimes even those which belongs to the important buildings or monuments. It seems that nothing can stopped this individuals who, very often, make incorrible damages to the objects of their desire.
    This is an mocking graphite towards the owner of this house which says: "nice wall!!!, congratulations". It is even not funny, nort at all.

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    Public water-closet

    by croisbeauty Written Oct 12, 2005

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    Perhaps it might look irrelevant for a tourist tip but I think it is very useful and important. When strolling around, sometimes for hours, we all have certain needs but not always easy to do it. Among many other things, which one town offers to its visitors, public toilet is probably the rarest one. When in Pisa, you wont have this problem because the public water-closet is handy, situated under the loggia in Piazza XX Settembre.

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    Eating on the streets

    by stressball Written Mar 4, 2005

    When you are in Pisa there are many touristy places to eat. However, if you just go down any of the side streetsthat lead to Pisa you can have a nice pizza for about a quarter of the price of eating in the touristy area.

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    Bambino anyone!

    by sue_stone Written Nov 29, 2004

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    Everywhere you go in Florence (and Italy) you will see very cute little cars!!

    And not only are they cute, they are sensible too - particularly in a city like Pisa that has narrow streets and limited parking - the smaller the car the easier your day to day motoring is.

    Now, just make sure you don't do too much shopping though....

    ; ))

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    My own funny picture

    by filipdebont Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Well of course, seeing all these strange movements by the other tourists at the Campo dei Miracoli, I also wanted to have such a funny picture.

    But that is kind of a disadvantage on travelling alone, you always have to ask someone, Mister, lease can you make a picture of me?

    But thanks to digital photography, where it is possible to see the result immediately, three shots were sufficient for a decent picture.

    That way it looks as I am holding the Tower from falling.

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    Strange positions

    by filipdebont Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Of course there is plenty to see when you are visiting the Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles).

    But besides admiring and making pictures of the famous monuments at this square, you should take some time to observe the other tourists.

    Well it is kind of funny to see all (most) of the tourists make strange movements in order to make a funny - I push or I hold the Leaning Tower.

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    Multi-ticket

    by Helga67 Updated Oct 11, 2004

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    If you are planning to visit more than one monument/museum on the Piazza dei Miracoli, then take a multi-ticket, it's cheaper. We had a ticket for two monuments and paid 6 EUR. Unfortunately, the expensive entrance fee to the tower (15 EUR) cannot be included in the multi-ticket.

    There are four places on the square, where you can buy your ticket. They are indicated by a red sign "tickets".

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    Galileo Galilei

    by Azhut Updated Jun 22, 2004

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    Galileo is one of the most important scientist in the world and he was born in Pisa :) Galileo Galilei was born on February 15, 1564 in Pisa, Italy. Galileo pioneered "experimental scientific method," and was the first to use a refracting telescope to make important astronomical discoveries.

    "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same
    god who has endowed us with sense, reason and
       intellect has intended us to forgo their use".

    GALILEO

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    The 'Lucertola'. This little...

    by Azhut Updated Jun 22, 2004

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    The 'Lucertola'.
    This little animal is very famous in Pisa becuase it said that she gives u luck if you touch her! Young students touch her 100 days before their highschool's final exams ;-))
    I'm not supersticiuos!!! I didn't touch her!!! Evey day you can see a lot of tourists standing in front of the door of the Cathedral but is difficult to see someone looking at the Lucertola, only pisan citizens know this anedocte!

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    Don't pay every single...

    by pollon Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Don't pay every single admission to the different monuments, in the main square there is a ticket office which offers you packages of the several sight seeings admissions at a price of course lower than the sum of the single ones.

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    IL CALENDARIO PISANOTra i...

    by Poda Written Aug 25, 2002

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    IL CALENDARIO PISANO
    Tra i diversi calendari in uso nel passato, non tutti sono a conoscenza che esisteva anche quello pisano. Nacque nel XII secolo quando Pisa, come Repubblica Pisana, raggiunse il massimo splendore, ovvero gloria, forza, possedimenti e ricchezza. Per attuarlo venne cancellato semplicemente il periodo dell’anno precedente al 25 Marzo: nello stesso tempo questa data fu riconosciuta come primo giorno del nuovo anno solare, che si sarebbe poi concluso il 24 Marzo dell’anno successivo.
    In pratica il capodanno andava a coincidere con il giorno della Annunciazione, cioè nove mesi prima di Natale. Il calendario pisano rimase in vigore a tutti gli effetti fino al 31 Dicembre 1749, poi Francesco I di Lorena, Granduca di Toscana, ordinò che anche Pisa si adeguasse a quello gregoriano. A testimonianza di quel tempo, si rinnova ogni anno una suggestiva combinazione che si manifesta naturalmente il giorno 25 Marzo: infatti un raggio di sole, a mezzogiorno esatto, penetra in un punto fisso del Duomo, esattamente da una finestra, di forma tonda, che è visibile nella parte alta del braccio destro, cioè in corrispondenza della Cappella di S. Ranieri. L’esattezza di questo avvenimento era considerato dai pisani fino al 1750 il segno dell’inizio dell’anno nuovo.
    Alcuni momenti riportano la data relativa al Calendario Pisano, come l' anno 1174, a destra della porta di entrata della torre, indicante l'inizio dei lavori, in realtà i lavori iniziarono nel 1173.

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    During the 12th century, while Pisa was well known as an important “Repubblica Marinara”, a new calendar has been established.
    The new year started on march 25th and ended on march 24th the year after.
    The New Year’s Day was established in coincidence with the christiany recurrence called “giorno dell’assunzione”, nine months before Christmas..
    On march 25th every year, at noon, a ray of sun enters the cathedral passing through a circular window of the S.Ranieri chapel. This event marked the new year in the new calendar. Some dates carved on Pisa’s monuments refer to the Pisa’s new calendar, for example at the right of the door of the leaning tower, there is inscribed the date indicating when the building works did start, 1174, but the works actually started on 1173.
    The new calendar ceased to exist on december 31st 1749, when Francesco I of Lorena, Grand Duke of Tuscany, ordered that also Pisa had to use the gregorian calendar.

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