Pisa – View From the Tower


We were blessed with wonderful, generally clear weather while we were in Pisa.  So the views from the top of the Leaning Tower were marvelous! The cathedral and baptistry look really pretty from above and the sight of the surrounding countryside and mountains in the distance are breathtaking.   Advertisements

Pisa – Cathedral Museum


Behind the Cathedral and the Tower is the Cathedral Museum, containing may works of art which at one time were in and around the Cathedral and other buildings in the Field of Miracles.  Over time these works were moved inside for safety or preservation.  There are a wide variety of pieces housed here despite the…

Pisa – Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta


Construction started in the year 1064 on Pisa’s duomo, or cathedral, which is dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta (St, Mary of the Assumption).  I think it has a very interesting and pretty exterior.  Yet the inside is what really shines, with gorgeous paintings, icons, and sculptures. It is inside the cathedral where Galileo is said…

Pisa – Sinopie Museum


Across the square from the Camposanto is the Sinopie Museum.  This museum houses the full-scale sketches that were used to create the frescoes inside the Camposanto.  Although it probably receives even fewer visitors than the Camposanto, the museum is certainly a valuable part of your trip to Pisa. Perhaps the idea of looking at someone’s…

Pisa – Camposanto


Believe it or not, there is more to see in Pisa’s cathedral square than just the famous tower.  My personal favorite is the Camposanto (“holy ground”) – a large Gothic cloister burial ground constructed in 1279 around soil brought back from Golgotha, the site of Jesus’ crucifixion.  The outer walls of the Camposanto are fairly…

The Lego Block of Pompeii


Along a back street of Pompeii, just around the corner from the back door of the cafe, we stumbled upon this amazing artifact.  It didn’t take long to recognize as, obviously, giant a Lego block! So – what was a stone Lego block doing in ancient Pompeii?  I think the answer is pretty clear –…