The square Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles) is flanked by Pisa's most famous
monuments, the Duomo, the Baptistery (famous for its incredible acoustics), the
Camposanto cemetery (known as 'the most beautiful cemetery in the world') and the iconic
leaning Tower. The latter is in fact the Cathedral's campanile (bell tower) - construction
began in 1173 and the original architect remains unknown. The famous story of Galileo
dropping canon balls off the tower as part of his experiments, is unfortunately widely
considered to be a myth.
The Museo Nazionale di S. Matteo, located in a Benedictine monastery, houses sculptures
and paintings from the 12th - 15th centuries, including works by Pisano and Masaccio.
Pisa isn't just about ancient art; American artist Keith Haring painted a gigantic (180m
square!) mural on the south wall of the Church of S. Antonio, entitled "Tuttomondo". Each
figure in the work represents a different aspect of peace in the world.
We are staying tonight in a old hotel on the way to Pisa.
We drove to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower and the Baptistery. Then we set of on
our journey to the French Riviera