|2 days and 1 night
Perhaps not everyone knows that the one in Piazza dei Miracoli is not the only 'crooked' tower in the city. There are, in fact, three bell towers with a certain inclination to the ground.
In addition to the aforementioned tower, the bell tower of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, we must also include in this particular list the bell tower of the Church of San Nicola, in Via Santa Maria, and that of the characteristic Church of San Michele degli Scalzi.
Independent arrival and accommodation in the hotel.
The itinerary starts from Piazza dei Miracoli and the 'Tower of Towers'.
The bell tower, which celebrated its 850th birthday in 2023, has seven rings and is over 58 metres high above the foundations. The highest side is almost 57 metres, while the lowest side, in the direction of the inclination, measures about 56 metres. Its slope is about 4°, 3.97° to be precise. The belfry, reached by climbing 296 steps, houses seven bells, including the Assunta, which is the largest, and the Pasquareccia, the oldest (1262).
After a delicious lunch in a restaurant, you will head to Piazza dei Cavalieri with our guide for a visit to the Church of San Nicola, in Via Santa Maria.
On the way, you will not miss one of the city's most picturesque squares: Piazza dei Cavalieri, where the Scuola Normale Superiore is now located and where the headquarters of the Order of the Knights of St. Stephen, ordered by Cosimo I de' Medici, once stood.
Continue towards Via Santa Maria and the Church of San Nicola. Built between 1220 and 1330, its bell tower has a characteristic octagonal plan, while the belfry is hexagonal. The inclination is less than that of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but famous are the words of Vasari, who attributed the construction to Nicola Pisano: "...to Nicola Pisano, who was no less an excellent sculptor than an architect, we owe the most beautiful, most ingenious and most capricious architecture he ever made: the Campanile di San Nicola di Pisa...".
If the bell tower of San Nicola presents a modest inclination, that of the Church of San Michele degli Scalzi, which you will admire during your walk in the square of the same name, leans a good 5° towards the Arno, thus taking first place on the podium! The bell tower has a square base and is made of stone in the lower part, while the upper part is made of brick and decorated with 12th-century Islamic ceramic basins.
In the evening, enjoy a pleasant walk along the banks of the Arno River, admiring the beautiful bridges and buildings.
Have dinner in one of the city's most renowned restaurants, where our guide will bid you farewell, leaving you to savour the goodness of Tuscan cuisine.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast, check out and departure for home.
All in all, Pisa is a beautiful city that offers many things to see and do. From the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa to the charming streets of the San Francesco district, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience in this historic city.
From € 160,00 per person
Accommodation and breakfast
Guided tour of Pisa for all day
Lunch and dinner at local restaurant
Anything else not expressly described in the section "Price includes"
|Pisa - Piazza dei Miracoli
|Pisa - Piazza dei Miracoli
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