The Field of Miracles – Cathedral Square in Pisa, Italy


The Field of Miracles or Piazza dei Miracoli (a.k.a. Pisa’s Cathedral Square or Piazza del Duomo) houses the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa together with 3 other monuments: the Pisa Cathedral (Il Duomo di Pisa), the Baptistry, and the Monumental Cemetery (Camposanto).
It was raining when we arrived at Pisa but fortunately, the drizzle stopped when we were already near the Cathedral Square.

View of the monuments inside the Field of Miracles (Cathedral Square) from the entrance gate.
In order from front to back: the Baptistry, the Cathedral, and the leaning Tower of Pisa


The Baptistry of St. John (Battistero di San Giovanni), which was also
constructed on the same unstable soil as the leaning tower, leans
0.6 degrees towards the Cathedral.

Museo delle Sinopie behind the chain of souvenir stores

Inside the Field of Miracles is a museum housing the preparatory sketches for the lost Camposanto frescoes. Hidden behind the souvenir stalls, Museo delle Sinopie serves as the keeper of the drawings which were laid down by the medieval maestros themselves for them to follow as they painstakingly plastered over small portions of the sketch to paint a certain portion of a final fresco. I appreciated these drawings more when I learned about how frescoes are made.
Fresco 101:
The artist lays down rough plaster where he makes a sketch. Section by section, he applies smooth plaster that will hold the fresco, painting on it while it’s still wet (or fresh, or fresco in Italian). This helps the color stick to the surface. An artist can only lay down as much plaster as he can hope to finish in one day. Each section is hence referred to as giornatta meaning “daily.” A giornatta’s size can vary greatly, depending on what will be painted. For example, when painting a simple background, the frescoist can whip out a fairly large section at once. But if working on a detail, let’s say a small face, it might represent the entire giornatta’s work.

Admission tickets for the all the monuments in Cathedral Square are available at Museo delle Sinopie.

Entrance to the Duomo is € 2 and is free during winter.
We drove to Pisa before heading home from a trip to Florence; but if you are planning to take the plane/bus/train/cab, this might help:
From the Pisa international airport Galileo Galilee, you can (1) take a bus which runs 4x a day. Rate is € 0.95, (2) take the train which runs 2x a day, rate is € 1.10, or (3) take a cab/taxi, rate is  € 6 to € 8.
There is a parking area walking distance from the Field of Miracles in case you’re driving.
(RediscoverMore is a blog also maintained, but no longer updated, by me.)

28 comments:

  1. What a fantastic place to visit. All that shifting soil reminds me a bit of a certain parable told by a certain teacher about the dangers of building on sand! :-)

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  2. Amazing photos very beautiful place!!

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  3. Ah, I always wanted to visit the Pisa with its leaning tower!
    Awesome photographs!

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  4. Looks a great place to visit. Although I have been to the US many times and Spain have never gone to Italy.
    Looks like you had a great time.
    Yvonne.

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  5. You may not know it but you are taking me on the trip with you. It is so interesting and your descriptions are great. I must tell you on the great entry you made about the service dogs that are my hero's, Spunky would love to be sitting in the German Shepards place surrounded by food.

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    1. I think that entry about the service dogs is my favorite, too. I love dogs. I guess a pair of Doggles will look good on Spunky, too. Thank you, Lucy!

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  6. Haven’t seen a lot of Italy – never been to Pisa, have Florence on my bucket list. Thanks for a great post and all the information.

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  7. Beautiful! I haven't been there since I was young but would love to go back!

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  8. What stunning architecture and what a place to visit. This is one of the reasons I love blogging - places I probably won't get to visit and I can see other bloggers pictures. :)

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  9. Beautiful photos, europe has really wonderful places to visit.
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  11. Pisa is a very interesting place, thanks for the report!

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  12. Obrigado pela visita. Não consegui a tradução do texto.
    As fotos estão perfeitas e os monumentos são históricos.

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  13. Beautiful pictures you have taken of Pisa, I've never been.
    Italy is a beautiful country.
    Greetings Irma

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  14. I wanna go! it's soooo beautiful!!!

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    1. Yes, you should see it. Thank you, Onika!

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