The Piazza dei Miracoli, officially known as Piazza del Duomo, is a walled area located in the city center of Pisa. It is recognized as being one of the most important centers of European medieval art and one of the finest architectural complexes in the world. The square hosts four great religious edifices: the Pisa Cathedral, the Pisa Baptistry, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Camposanto Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery).
The Knights’ Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri) is situated in the second main square of the city. This was the political center in medieval Pisa: after the middle of 16th century the square became the headquarters of the Order of the Knights of St. Stephen. It is now a center for education, being the main house of the Scuola Normale di Pisa, a higher learning institution which is part of the University of Pisa.
The Giardino di Scotto or Scotto’s Garden is an old fortress in Pisa. The citadel was called ‘nuova’ (new) to distinguish it from the older Cittadella Vecchia on the seaward side of the city. The Cittadella Nuova is located on the extreme opposite side of the city walls of Pisa in Lungarno Fibonacci, on the south bank of the river Arno between the Ponte della Vittoria and the Ponte della Fortezza. The park is a great spot to enjoy nature right in the center of the city, away from bustle and noise. In addition, thanks to the restructured medieval walls, people can now walk on them and look at the city from a truly unique perspective.
Palazzo Blu is a center for temporary exhibitions and cultural activities located in the heart of the historic center of Pisa. This museum is located in the Palazzo Giuli Rosselmini Gualandi (and Palazzo Casarosa), an ancient palace restored by the Fondazione Pisa. Its name comes from the blue color uncovered a recent architectural restoration, and can be attributed to the taste of Russian owners who acquired the Palazzo in the 18th century.
The Ponte Conte Ugolino, commonly known as Ponte di Mezzo is the most important bridge in Pisa. The bridge is located right in the center of the city, linking Piazza Garibaldi to Piazza XX Settembre. During the Second World War the bridge was bombed to cut the connection between the two parts of the city and therefore the modern bridge is only around 60 years old. It’s a beautiful place to visit, with views of the river and the beautiful mountains in the background.
The ‘Tuttomondo’ mural was painted by Keith Haring in 1989 and aims to represent world harmony. Each of the 30 figures represents a different aspect of peace in the world: a woman with a baby in her arms represents maternity, and two men supporting a dolphin refer to man’s relationship with nature.