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Piazza dei Miracoli

Piazza dei Miracoli, just a ten minute drive from our Pisa hotel has a quite unique history, starting with its name, which is owed to its beauty, defined by Gabriele d'Annunzio as miracles. This is the reason it has become part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. In fact, among others, it is home to the Cathedral of Pisa, the Baptistery, the famous Tower of Pisa and the Camposanto Monumentale, and it was the birthplace of Pisan Romanesque art which then extended to a great part of the region.

The city Cathedral, which due to extension at first glance stands a little oddly in the grassy piazza, is dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta: it shows various influences from an artistic point of view, so much so that elements of Islamic culture are recognisable. Opposite the west facade of the Cathedral, or Primate, is the Baptistery dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, in Romanesque-gothic style, of which the tapered dome is especially unique.

Not to be missed within are the beautiful windows and pulpits of Nicola Pisano, considered by many the forerunner of romanticism.
As well as the famous Tower of Pisa (link to Tower site), the Piazza dei Miracoli is home to the vast and majestic fountain of Giuseppe Vaccà, decorated with a jubilation of Cherubs, the work of Giovanni Antonio Cybei, who hold the coat of arms of the city and of the Opera della Primaziale Pisana.