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It’s not often that a city’s claim to fame is that of an architectural project gone wrong, but this is certainly the case for Pisa. Thus, it only makes sense to start your vacation to the city with its most well-known and much beloved attraction, the Leaning Tower. The tower is 56 meters tall and took an incredible 200 years to build. Its signature tilt was caused by a weak foundation of subsoil. Piazza dei Miracoli, on the other hand, is practically flawless. As one of the most immaculate urban spaces in the world, the piazza is home to a cathedral and dozens of vendors. To see beautiful tombs of prominent Pisans, head to the Camposanto. Despite the destruction caused to the site during World War II, a handful of frescoes were thankfully salvaged.
Don’t underestimate the museums of Pisa, though. They’ve got a handful of amazing museums to see and explore. Start with the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo, which is home to 12th to 14th century paintings including those by Lippo Memmi, Gentile da Farbiano, and Taddeo Gaddi. To see religious artworks that were previously displayed in baptisteries and cathedrals, head to the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo. Ironically, the most beautiful part of the museum is outside at its cloister garden, which even has a free view of the Leaning Tower.
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