Obviously it is for the famous leaning tower that makes Pisa a known city all over the world. But it also offers many other interesting things to see and it is useful to spend a day there at least. Arriving in the beautiful Piazza dei Miracoli, the eye is undoubtedly captured by the Tower and, I cannot deny it, the experience of going to its top is incredible and absolutely not to be missed. But then, your visit should go on to the other monuments of the square: the Cathedral and the Baptistery. Along the perimeter of the square you will also find the Camposanto, the Opera del Duomo museum and the Sinopie museum. Then enjoy a nice walk along the Arno River and also reach the ancient Palazzo dell’Orologio and Piazza dei Cavalieri, a place where, many centuries ago, the power of the city was centered with the Order of the Knights of Santo Stefano. The prestigious Scuola Normale di Pisa, a well known university is also located in the Palazzo della Carovana overlooking the square and it deserve to be seen from outside. Another thing not to be missed in Pisa is Cecina, a sort of very thin pie made only with chickpea flour, oil, salt and water. It can be eaten alone or in a muffin. Every year in June there are traditional events linked to the celebration of the patron saint of the city, San Ranieri, and which are part of the so-called “Pisan June”. In this period do not miss the Luminara (candles placed on the buildings illuminate the city and events take place in the evening), the San Ranieri Regatta (in the late afternoon of June 17th the four districts of the city compete against each other in the Arno river) and the Gioco del Ponte (a game taking place on the Ponte di Mezzo, one of the bridges that cross the Arno and opposing the various districts, lined up in two teams: Mezzogiorno and Tramontana, fighting with a trolley mounted on the bridge for the occasion).
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