(6 hours, excluding lunch break)
Morning: Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles)
Pisa, an ancient city founded on the right bank of the Arno River, has preserved the four “Miraculous” whiter than white monuments it built during its days as a powerful and prestigious Marine Republic: the Leaning Tower, the top of which offers a spectacular panorama that stretches out for kilometers, the Cathedral, which houses masterpieces of art dating from the Middle Ages to the present, the Baptistery, with its very special acoustics, and the Monumental Cemetery, with the most imposing cycle of frescoes dating to the time of the cemetery’s construction. These monuments are the most admirable example of Pisan Romanesque architecture and influenced construction throughout the Mediterranean.
Afternoon: Other areas of Pisa
With your guide, you will stroll along Via Santa Maria toward Piazza dei Cavalieri (Knights’ Square), passing by one of the oldest churches in Pisa, San Sisto. In the early Middle Ages, the church was of great political importance and the nearby Piazza dei Cavalieri was the political hub of Pisa. The piazza was then redesigned in the 16th century by the famous architect, Giorgio Vasari, commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, in honor of the religious and military order Cosimo had founded: Cavalieri di Santo Stefano (Knights of St Stephen). It still retains its Renaissance aspect today. The guide will describe Palazzo della Carovana with its marvelous wall decorations (graffiti in Italian), Palazzo dell’Orologio (Palazzo of the Clock), built by connecting two medieval structures, one of which was called Torre della Fame (Tower of Hunger) because Count Ugolino della Gherardesca was jailed and met his death by starvation there, the Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri (St Stephen of the Knights), and Palazzo dell’Ordine dei Cavalieri (Palazzo of the Knights’ Order).
Full day (maximum 6 hours excluding lunch break) € 250.00 for 25 people and 2€ extra for each person
Individual and family rates (1-10 partecipants)
Full day (maximum 6 hours excluding lunch break) € 290