Piazza dei Miracoli

Formally known as Piazza del Duomo, the square was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Surrounded by pristine green grass, Piazza dei Miracoli is also known as the field of miracles. For one, the Catholic Church deemed the Piazza sacred, making it the home of four religious monuments: the Cathedral, the Baptistry, the Camposanto, and the Campanile.  The Tower, of course, can be found here, too. The really miraculous part of the Piazza, however, has to be the sheer amount of tourists that visit. Almost perfectly in sync, every day thousands of people attempt to take that infamous picture with the Leaning Tower of Pisa. 

Best things to see at Piazza dei Miracoli

The Pisa Cathedral

While the original cathedral was founded in 1064, it was destroyed by fire in 1595. The only works that survived are the painted figure of Saint John the Evangelist (circa 1302), the new pulpit (1302-1310), and the monument to Emperor Henry VII, which can still be seen on the apsidal conch. The reconstruction of the cathedral resulted in an exterior that boasts an interesting mishmash of Arab, Islamic, and Mediterranean cultures, while the inside contains beautifully detailed murals and a glimmering golden ceiling.

 

The Tower of Pisa 

The Tower of Pisa is gorgeous, with or without its famous lean. Originally built as the bell tower of Piazza dei Miracoli, its seven bells (one for each musical note) were used for divine timekeeping. Climb the 293 steps to the top (yes, it’s safe!) for some of the best views of the city and beyond.

 

Opera del Duomo Museum

Sculptures, liturgical objects, and cathedral fixtures that date back hundreds of years all live within the walls of Opera del Duomo. Translating to “Museum of Cathedral Works,” the pieces hail from the centuries-old piazza itself and offer a physical timeline of Pisa’s history.

 

Camposanto

The cemetery was built  in 1277 per order of Archbishop Federico Viscont to serve as a “large and dignified, secluded and enclosed place” for all the graves scattered around the Cathedral. If exploring centuries-old graves aren’t up your alley, the walls engraved with frescoes depicting Life and Death, the sepulchers of the members of the Medici family, and the Roman epigraphs and the sarcophagi are still worth checking out.

 

Baptistery

With a circumference of 352 feet, a height of 180 feet, and walls that are over eight feet thick at the base, the Duomo’s baptistery is the largest in Italy. The double dome gives the structure incredible acoustics, turning the building into one massive musical instrument. Don’t believe it? Hang around for the brief singing demonstration given by the attendant every 30 minutes.

Best places to eat & drink near Piazza dei Miracoli

Fresh-caught seafood

With the ocean right on its doorstep, Pisa serves up some pretty delicious seafood. Find a restaurant downtown that catches your eye and belly up to some local delights like octopus pasta, seafood soup, and a fresh filet of tuna.

 

Picnic with a view

An expansive lawn and jaw-dropping views make the Piazza the perfect spot for a brown bag lunch. Pop into a local deli for all the fixings of a true Italian-style picnic, and settle in to eat surrounded by some of the country’s most stunning architecture. 

Piazza dei Miracoli directions and parking

The best way to get to Piazza dei Miracoli

The Piazza dei Miracoli is located in North Pisa near the Piazza dei Cavalieri. There is no onsite parking, but there is a nearby parking lot on Via Andrea Pisano. If you want to go by public transport, the  #4  and #21 Lam Rossa bus will take you to nearby Piazza Manin. The Piazza dei Miracoli is also accessible by bike.

 

Best parking near Piazza dei Miracoli

There is a parking lot off Via Andrea Pisano for a fee.

Piazza dei Miracoli FAQs

When did construction begin on Piazza dei Miracoli?

Construction began on Piazza dei Miracoli in the 11th century.

 
How big is Piazza dei Miracoli?

Piazza dei Miracoli is just under 22 acres.

 

Are pets allowed at Piazza dei Miracoli

Pets are allowed at Piazza dei Miracoli, but with the exception of service animals, no pets are allowed inside the monuments.

 
Are people allowed on the lawn at Piazza dei Miracoli?

Yes, visitors are allowed on certain areas of the lawn at Piazza dei Miracoli. Just make sure to adhere to the posted signs.

 

Are restrooms available at Piazza dei Miracoli?

Yes, restrooms are available at Piazza dei Miracoli for a small fee.