If you're one for pop cultural art than this may be of interest to you. On the entire side of one building there is mural from the late Keith Haring. Don't know who he is? Look at the mural and I bet you recognize his iconic, simplified shapes from somewhere. The amazing part is that it was done in 1987, I believe, and there isn't a single mark of graffiti on it. Worth a look.
Just west of the entrance to the Corsa d'Italia in a tiny bicycle parking area. You cannot see it from the street so you'll have to walk around the building to catch a glimpse.
As you can see there are more places of interest a tourist can visit in Pisa! I prepared a list before and Bagni di Nerone was one of them. Bagni di Nerone or Roman Baths are situated not far from Campo Dei Miracoli. Although they are very small (not as i thought) it's worth it to go and take some pictures. (It's marked No.2 if you click on the other photo).
If you're spending a whole day in Pisa don't miss to go around the city. It's a pleasure to do so and there are many interesting and beautiful spots around like this beautiful Torre Guelfa which is situated on a side of the beautiful river Arno. Here is a map of Pisa (click on the other photo) which I used when I was there. It was very helpful to me. Torre Guelfa is marked No.9. Another lovely place to visit is the splendid Church of S.Maria della Spina, marked No.8. Tourists visit only the Cathedral and the Leaning Tower and that's a big mistake!
As far as I know, this type of coat of arms marks buildings or places where seat of the kings was or it was their property. Couldn't find out weather it reffers to Savoia family or to some prior kings.
Out of Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa is very pieceful place and enjoyable to explore. Most of the time, when strolling around, I was on my own and undisturb by the crowds.
The project of Keith Haring's mural was born in New York by chance, after the young artist had met a student from Pisa. This 180 sq mt depicted wall can be seen in the quarter of San Antonio, which is situated on the left bank of the river Arno. Search for Convento di San Antonio. "Tuttomondo" means all the world.
The church of San Piero in Vinculis existing since the beginning of the 11th century. In 1072 bishop Guido founded a rectory here of San Agostino order. At the same time the cloister and the bell tower were annexed to the church. After more chagings, in a course of the centuries, in late 18th century it became parish church as priory.
San Frediano is situated in a small square near the Univercity of Pisa. Originally ot was founded in the 11th century by Buzzacherini Sissmondi family and renewed in the 16th and 17th centuries.
As you can see, it has simple Romanesque facade with Pisan style influence, and the bell tower which looks more like defending tower.
The old core of the town, todays city centre, was fortified by the massive and high walls, which are pretty well preserved. Even the city walls, in some segments, were built in so characteristic Romanesque - Pisan style. Medieval Pisa had very important role in controlling the waterways, making the town commercial emporium, and its inhabitants were ready to take to arms to defend its trade.
Porta a Mare (The Sea Gate) is one of the few left medieval gateways into the town of Pisa, which was surrounded by the massive walls. I've discovered it only by chance because nothing about is mentioned in the city guide book I bought. The gate is situated nearby the church of San Paolo a Ripa d'Arno and right opposite to the Torre Guelfa.
Pisa is a fabulous city and there is plenty to do and see here, but if you fancy a day trip, why not head to Lucca!
Lucca is a gorgeous walled town located in the Tuscan countryside.
It is conveniently only 30 minutes by train from Pisa!
For more details, check out my Lucca Page.
The interior is the result of the many misfortunes that the church went through and that caused the loss of most of the furnishings, including statues and paintings; it contrasts with the rich decoration on the exterior. The church has a single nave, with a trussed ceiling, painted during the 19th-century restoration; the raised presbytery is separated by two pilasters with archivolt and houses at the centre one of the greatest masterpieces of Gothic sculpture, the remarkable Madonna and Child, known to the believers as Madonna of the rose.
The small Church of Santa Maria della Spina is a remarkable example of Pisan Gothic. It was built in 1230 on the banks of the river Arno next to an important bridge, called Ponte Novo, that used to join the streets Santa Maria and Sant’Antonio. The bridge was destroyed during the 15th century and was never rebuilt. Being the church close to the bridge, it was given the name of Santa Maria de Pontenovo, changed in 1333 to Santa Maria della Spina, when it preserved the reliquary of a thorn of the Saviour’s crown (spina = thorn). Today the reliquary is in the church of Santa Chiara.
OPENING HOURS to visit the Church
January, February, November, December:
on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am until 2 pm.
Every second Sunday of the month: 10 am until 7 pm
March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October, : on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 10 am until 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm until 6 pm,
on Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am until 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm until 7:00 pm
16th June: 11 am until 1,30 pm. and 2,30 pm. until 11 pm.
Next to the leaning tower in Pisa you may visit the Museo dell Opera del Duomo.
It has nothing to do with the Opera, but you may see there the original sculptures from the Duomo and the Battistro, where replicas are shown for various reasons.
You may as well see the treasury of the Duomo and a small archeological collection.
This museum is included in the combination-ticket with the Duomo, the Battistero, and Camposanto.
On my pic : The museum seen from the leaning tower !
This is now Palazzo Borgo in daylight, and I have to say I really like that very special kind of architecture.
There is a bank in this house and private appartments, so you are not able to enter it, but you may of course take a picture from outside !
This building is in the street "Borgo Stretto", close to Ponte d.Mezzo
lying on the floor - also this Frenchman was.
Unfortunately we only had a (very) short conversation IN FRENCH!!!!, but we had to leave soon, so... :-(
BTW, thus guy had New York City drown on his soles!
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