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Baptistry
This morning we got up bright and early for our first "field trip."
We began in Pisa...which has a really cool cathedral complex, but there isn't much else to see in the city. It's pretty safe to say that had the complex not been built on swampland (causing the campanile --tower-- to lean,) it wouldn't be the tourist hit that it is today. The baptistry was built with a conical dome, creating a great space for acoustics. A woman came in, stood in the center, and sang a few verses, in order to demonstrate the acoustics in the building. The Campo Spirito was also really cool, though many of the frescoes were lost when it was bombed in WW II.
After Pisa, we headed to the town of Lucca. Following a little lunch, we headed to the church that houses the remains of Santa Zita, the Patron Saint of the Zitadelle (translated as something similar to "old maids.
The Pisa Cathedral complex
) Although we've been here for a week and a half, we still seem to forget the almost everything closes during lunchtime for the "riposa." Arriving at the church, only to see that it was closed, we started to turn back, when an old man opened up a side door to let us in.
The body of Santa Zita was pretty cool...she looked pretty good for 800 years old : ) While we were standing there, the same old Italian man came up to us and began telling us her story. He was so cute! We're not sure if he was speaking so slowly to insure that we understood his Italian, or if it was just because he was so old. Her story was pretty interesting and the old man seemed so proud to have the miraculous remains of a saint in his church.
We've been blessed here with beautiful weather. Perfect for taking pictures : )
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Baptistry
Baptistry
The Pisa Cathedral complex
The Pisa Cathedral complex
something to smile about...
something to smile about...
The tower
The tower
Lights in the Pisa Cathedral
Lights in the Pisa Cathedral
Me, Mike, Colleen and Mary
Me, Mike, Colleen and Mary
Pisa
photo by: jsuuronen