Pisa - Not Only a Tower


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During the last few years though, more and more people have discovered the beauty of the city and the value of being travelers and not tourists in Pisa.
(the background with Pisa flag from karmaburn internet)

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  • Me encanta el recorrido, es una ciudad muy bonita, pequeña pero preciosa. La música y presentación muy buenas. Muchas gracias, Pilar
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  • "I remained charmed by the climate of Pisa: if it lasts like this it's gonna be a blessing. I left ice cold in Florence, only 1° C above the freezing point; here, I found myself in warm, very warm place, that I had to take off some clothes. I like more the appearance of Pisa: this lungarno is spectacular, very beautiful, large, magnificent, cheerful and smiling that makes you fall in love with it. I haven't seen anything like this neither in Florence, nor in Milan or Rome; and I really don't know if there could be found many views of this kind in whole Europe. Winter walks are very pleasant here, because you can feel the smell of the springtime, so during some particular hours of the day this place is full of people and carriages. You can hear ten or twenty different languages; the sun is shinning through bars, workshops and house windows, all of them made in splendid architecture.Furthermore, Pisa is a mixture of a big city and a small city, between a city man and a rural one, a mixture that romantic that I've never seen before. All of these beauties of the city are accompanied by the beauty of the language. And, I'll add that, thanks God, I feel good; I eat with good appetite; I have a room with a view over a vegetable garden and splendid horizon, the thing that should be forgotten in Florence. "
    Giacomo Leopardi, a letter for sister Paolina, November 12th, 1827.
  • Piazza dei Cavalieri was the center of politics of the Pisan Republic. On the huge square among others two large buildings - Palazzo dei Cavalieri, once the knights' military training quarters, Palazzo dell' Orologio - and a church - National Church of Saint Stephen of the Knights - can be admired. Palazzo dell' Orologio having been used as jail in the times past, has a creepy story from the 13th century. A count of Pisa being condemned to death by starvation together with his sons has eaten one of his children while in that prison. Nowadays, the square is also internationally known for the Scuola Normale di Pisa located in Palazzo dei Cavalieri
  • Count Ugolino della Gherardesca was a nobleman, naval commander and politician of the XIII century. His terrible death was made famous by Dante Alighieri, who wrote about him in the Inferno of his Divine Comedy. Ugolino was imprisoned in the Muda Tower, nowadays part of the Clock Tower in Piazza dei Cavalieri in Pisa, together with his children and nephews. According to Dante, prisoners starved to death and, just before dying, Ugolino's children and nephews asked him to eat their flesh. For this reason, Ugolino went down in history as The Cannibal Count and is often represented with torn off fingers from consternation.
  • Pisa - Not Only a Tower
  • Pisa - Not Only a Tower

    1. 1. Pisa is a city in Tuscany, Central Italy, on the right bank of the mouth of the River Arno on the Ligurian Sea. It is the capital city of the Province of Pisa. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its Leaning Tower (the bell tower of the city's cathedral), the city of over 88,332 residents (around 200,000 with the metropolitan area) contains more than 20 other historic churches, several palaces and various bridges across the River Arno. The city is also home of the University of Pisa, which has a history going back to the 12th century.
    2. 2. Pisa began its life as a small settlement around 3,000 years ago; it is famous with its splendid and widely-known university and the legendary scientist Galileo Galilei. The historic center of Pisa is on the north bank of the River Arno between Genoa and Rome, surrounded by 12th-century walls..
    3. 3. Piazza del Duomo Santa Maria della Spina Piazza dei Cavalieri
    4. 4. While the Leaning Tower is the most famous image of the city, it is one of many works of art and architecture in the city's Piazza del Duomo, also known, since 20th century, as Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles)
    5. 5. Corso Italia, the High Street of Pisa
    6. 6. At the beginning of the Corso Italia is the little Church of San Domenico, part of a convent of Dominican nuns. The little church was built in the 14th century by Pietro Gambacorti for his daughter, the blessed Chiara.
    7. 7. In 1944 Pisa was attacked for 45 consecutive days: 57 bombings, over 3000 civilians killed and 50% of the buildings were destroyed.
    8. 8. Pisa was the birthplace of Galileo Galilei. It's still the seat of an archbishopric; it has become a light industrial centre and a railway hub.
    9. 9. Piazza dei Cavalieri is an amazing square, probably designed by Vasari. This is home to the most prestigious University in Italy: Scuola Normale Superiore. This square was also known as "Piazza delle 7 Vie" ("Square of the 7 streets") because of the many streets conflating to this square. This was the location of the old Roman Forum and heart of the political power during the Pisan Republic. The square was renovated in the 16th century by the Medici family after the Order of the Knights of Saint Stephen was created.
    10. 10. The beautiful building behind the statue is called Palazzo della Carovana. It was built by Vasari in 1562 and it's home to the Scuola Normale Superiore created by Napoleon
    11. 11. The square was renovated in the 16th century by the Medici family after the Order of the Knights of Saint Stephen was created. Cosimo I of the Medici family wanted this square to be wonderful and a symbol of strength and power. The statue in the middle (1596) represents him and it is located on the Fontana del Gobbo.
    12. 12. The Piazza dei Cavalieri that we see today is the harmonious and elegant result of the political, artistic and cultural strategies adopted by the Medici family when Tuscany was unified under Florentine power.
    13. 13. On15 March, 1562, Cosimo I de' Medici received the cloak of the Sacred Order of the Knights of Saint Stephen from the hands of the Archbishop of Pisa and in the name of Pope Pius IV.
    14. 14. This new order of knights, destined to combat the raids by Turks and “infidels” on the Mediterranean Sea, answered to a carefully thought-out plan to strengthen Medici power on as many fronts as possible.
    15. 15. The church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri. In the church there are several flags conquered during fights with pirates.
    16. 16. The building with the arch on the left is Palazzo dell'Orologio (the "Palace of the Clock“)
    17. 17. Torre dei Gualandi, on the right, is also know as Torre della fame ("Tower of hunger") or Tower of Count Ugolino della Gherardesca. The legend says that he was left to starve here with his children, whom he ate, as recounted in Dante's Divine Comedy. The building was built by the Vasari as hospital
    18. 18. It is the library of the Scuola Normale Superiore, but it is interesting especially because it was built connecting two medieval towers, Torre della Giustizia and Torre dei Gualandi. The façade was decorated with frescoes by Giovanni Stefano Maruscelli and Filippo and Lorenzo Paladini. The cycle of frescoes celebrated the Medici's good government with the allegories of Peace, Earth, Abundance, Intelligence, Glory and Nations. Most frescoes have been lost.
    19. 19. Ulisse Dini (1845 –1918) was an Italian mathematician and politician, chief executive) of the Pisa university
    20. 20. Borgo Stretto: it is the most elegant street in Pisa. The most expensive shops and boutiques are here, under its arches. There are some nice bars too
    21. 21. the Gothic-Romanesque church of San Michele in Borgo (990)
    22. 22. When travelling towards Sicily, Garibaldi, the general who guided the unification of Italy in the XIX century stopped in Pisa and arrived here. Piazza Garibaldi: this square is very popular. It is in the exact centre of the city, and in fact the bridge opposite the square is called Ponte di Mezzo, the "middle bridge". The statue in the square is of Garibaldi. The square is always very crowded and it is one of the gathering points in Pisa: from April to July it is packed with students going to the bars that open onto the square and sitting on the Lungarno walls.
    23. 23. Lungarno. Palazzo Gambacorti (1370-1392) nowadays it is the Town Hall of Pisa
    24. 24. The Agostini Palace, or Red Palace, built in the end of XIV century, is an example of civil gothic architecture in Tuscany
    25. 25. the ancient walls that surround the Piazza dei Miracoli
    26. 26. The pizza here is by far the best pizza
    27. 27. Sound: Lei (She) - Charles Aznavour E mi manchi tu - Andrea Bocelli Le tue parole - Andrea Bocelli Text: Internet Pictures: Daniela Iacob All  copyrights  belong to their  respective owners Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu https://plus.google.com/+SandaMichaela 2011