Discovering Pisa and Portovenere
Our fifth day - A quick stop before heading to Genoa
Have you heard about the two places Pisa and Portovenere?
Pisa is known for the famous Leaning Tower and it’s such a cool spot for a day trip. And then, there’s Portovenere. It’s hands down one of the most picturesque small towns in Italy with vibrant colored homes and delicious seafood. You can easily spend a day there exploring the cliffs and hiking the trails.
Although Pisa is known worldwide for its leaning tower, the city contains more than twenty other historic churches, several medieval palaces, and bridges across the Arno.
Pisa is an Italian city located in the central region of Tuscany. In addition to the tower, Pisa has a rich cultural and historical heritage worth exploring, from its beautiful churches and palaces to its museums and art galleries.
When it comes to food, Pisa is a gastronomic paradise, with a variety of delicious dishes that reflect the region’s traditions and ingredients. From the famous garlic bread to the seafood specialties to the world-famous Chianti wine, Pisa offers a culinary experience that is sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate.
Overall, Pisa is a charming city that has something for everyone, whether you’re a history buff, an art enthusiast, or simply looking for a great meal and a relaxing vacation.
*Choose the option that is best for you: Climb of the leaning tower of Pisa.
*Head into the Cathedral and the Baptistery.
*Take a magical tour from the outside walking at a relaxed pace to enjoy the spirit of Pisa.
*Discover the most famous architectural masterpieces of Pisa’s .
The Cathedral is a masterpiece of Romanesque art and one of the largest and most important churches in Italy. The Cathedral is a medieval Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
♦ Shoulders need to be covered to enter the cathedral.
The Pisa Cathedral is a breathtaking architectural masterpiece that has been standing tall for over 900 years. It is located in the heart of the historic city of Pisa, Italy, and it is one of the most significant landmarks in the country. The cathedral is beautifully adorned with intricate mosaics, stunning sculptures, and exquisite stained glass windows. It is not just a place of worship, but a symbol of Italy’s rich cultural heritage and a testament to the amazing skills of the medieval architects and artists who created it. Anyone touring Pisa should not miss a chance to marvel at the stunning Pisa Cathedral.
Square of Miracles
The UNESCO–listed Piazza dei Miracoli, or Square of Miracles, boasts some of the most impressive architecture—with hidden secrets dating back to the medieval era.
The Square of Miracles is an incredibly fascinating place that is rich with history and significance. It is said to be a place where miracles happen, where the impossible becomes possible, and where visitors can experience a sense of wonder and awe. It has been a popular destination for travelers and pilgrims for centuries, with people coming from all over the world to witness the power and majesty of this sacred place.
The Square of Miracles is also known for its incredible architecture and design, with stunning examples of medieval Gothic and Romanesque style buildings. The most famous of these is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which is a true wonder of engineering and has captured the world’s imagination for generations. The Square of Miracles is definitely a destination worth visiting. So, don’t miss the opportunity to explore this incredible site and witness the magic for yourself!
The Tower is a wonder of engineering and architecture, with its famous lean being a result of an error during construction.
The signature site leans 5.5 degrees off the vertical. The tower’s tilt began during construction in the 1th century due to an inadequate foundation on soft ground.
With the medieval Duomo as its backdrop, the square was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
The tower began to lean during construction in the 12th century, due to soft ground which could not properly support the structure’s weight.
It worsened through the completion of construction in the 14th century.
**Do not waste your money to go up the stairs unless you want to see some view.
On our way to Portovenere - Cinque terre.
Portovenere is a medieval fishing village situated in northern Italy, just south of the Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. This charming village is well worth the visit and can be reached from the Cinque Terre by boat or from La Spezia by boat or by bus from the train station.
It comprises the three villages of Fezzano, Le Grazie and Porto Venere, and the three islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. In 1997 PortoVenere and the villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
♥ During the Easter weekend, we encountered many visitors and struggled to find a spot for our two cars. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to see much, but we plan to come back another time.
♥♥ Cinque Terre is still on our bucket list.
Next Stop Genova
Satura Palazzo Stella
We returned the car at the end of the day and opted for a taxi to reach our apartment, which was a bit weird looking but comfortable.
It was also quite cold inside and locating it at night was a bit challenging.
However, the apartment is conveniently located within walking distance of the water and various shops and streets.