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Pisa is renowned for the wonderful freestanding bell tower known famously as The Leaning Tower of Pisa that remains its most popular attraction. Also set in the Piazza dei Miracoli is the Romanesque Cathedral and Baptistery that, together with the leaning tower, form an extraordinary trio of architecture. Pisa is located just an hour’s drive from Florence.
The city wellknown for the 12th century University of Pisa and the mythic Napoleonic Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies as the best sanctioned Superior Graduate School in Italy.
Besides the leaning Tower of Pisa, the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) also houses the Duomo (the Cathedral), the Baptistry and the Campo Santo (the monumental cemetery). Other interesting sights include:
Knights’ Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri), where the Palazzo della Carovana, with its impressive façade designed by Giorgio Vasari may be seen.
Borgo Stretto: a medieval borgo or neighborhood contains strolling arcades and the Lungarno, the avenues along the river Arno.
Medici Palace: the palace was once a possession of the Appiano family, who ruled Pisa.
Orto botanico di Pisa: the botanical garden of the University of Pisa is Europe’s oldest university botanical garden.
Palazzo Reale: The (“Royal Palace”), once belonged to the Caetani patrician family. Here Galileo Galilei showed to Grand Duke of Tuscany the planets he had discovered with his telescope.
Palazzo Gambacorti: the palace is a 14th-century Gothic building, and now houses the offices of the municipality.
Palazzo Agostini: the palace is a Gothic building also known as Palazzo dell’Ussero, with its 15th-century façade and remains of the ancient city walls dating back to before 1155. The name of the building comes from the coffee rooms of Caffè dell’Ussero, historic meeting place founded on September 1, 1775.
Mural Tuttomondo: The modern mural is the last public work of Keith Haring, on the rear wall of the convent of the Church of Sant’Antonio, painted in June 1989.