Pisa


Voyages & Images, a photographic guide 

The inclined Tower of Pisa is of the most famous architectural icons of Italy. It is, in fact, the tower bell of an impressive group of buildings of the Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles) in the city of Pisa.

Pisa is located in the Tuscany region and is just one hour away from Florence, by train. From the central station, the Campo dei Miracoli can be reached by taxi or bus. If you prefer to walk, the distance may be done on foot, as I did in May 2006.

The bell tower (Tower of Pisa), the church (Duomo) and the baptistery are the evidences of a richer era when Pisa dominated the trade in East Mediterranean Sea. This one of the most beautiful group of buildings of Italy, but the tower has been attracting almost an exclusive attention of visitors because of its peculiar inclination.

The tower was built over a sandy soil between the 12th and 14th centuries. The inclination started during construction and reached a critical point in 1995. In a recent work of engineering, the inclination was reduced, making the tower safe again for visitors. It is possible to climb to its top and appreciate the magnificent view.

 

The visitor that goes to the Campo dei Miracoli, having just the tower of Pisa in mind, will be surprised with the grandiosity and beauty of the baptistery.

 

If possible, the photographer should reserve a whole day for the Campo dei Miracoli in order to capture the changing of light from dawn to dusk over such interesting group of buildings. The reward is guaranteed.