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Pisa Travel Guide

by our Italy expert Paul Baderman
 
Paul BadermanPisa was deemed an ancient city even in Roman times – an important centre in the Etruscan empire that preceded the Roman. It became a major port – until commercial rivalry with Genoa spilt over into real conflict with Pisa eventually losing and suffering decline. It is now most famous for a single building, the Leaning Tower, and one person, Galileo born there in 1564. The white marble tower is actually the campanile for the Duomo (cathedral) with its 7 bells being a complete musical scale. It is almost 4 metres out of true at the top but happily has now been stabilised- after tilting slowly for 900 years. The tale that Galileo used it to measure the force of gravity is apocryphal but the man himself is undoubtedly the ‘father’ of modern science – with his work leading directly to Newton and Einstein. The Cathedral, Tower and stand-alone domed Baptistry are an architectural assembly that fully justify the Piazza of Miracles description of where they stand.
 

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National Flag: Italian Flag
Language(s): Italian
Currency: Euro
Dialling Code: +39
Time Zone: GMT + 1
Tourism Website:
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Pisa Weather Forecast

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