Once a maritime power to rival Genoa and Venice, Pisa now draws its fame from Leaning Tower. But it is just one of many noteworthy sights to Photograph in this compelling city. In fact you can capture the centre of town with is vibrant and affordable cafe and well-maintained Romanesque buildings. Over all the city offer amazing view of Gothic churches and Renaissance piazzas with a lively streetlife dominated by locals rather than tourists.
Location to Photograph in Pisa
Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower
The city is know and visit for the Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower. Indeed is better going to Photograph this area later in the day or early in the morning when the light is at the best. Also the crowds have gone, the queues have disappeared, and during the late opening periods of the summer months, night adds a special enchantment to the white stone monuments. All the complex has different things to shooting, the Tower, The duomo, the Baptistery and the Camposanto.
You can shooting a great panoramic view from the Baptistery, but check the light and right time to avoid tourist. This monument is located next to the Duomo and is the largest baptistery in Italy and one of the most beautiful. Nearby we will also find the Camposanto, a monumental cemetery that deserve a visit for host many pieces of art and for his amazing architecture forms and lines.
Santa Maria della Spina,
Along the Arno river you can make a brief stop at the Giesa di Santa Maria della Spina, in the Gothic style and with white marble walls, which seems to be born out of nowhere on the banks of the Arno. This small Gothic church was built in 1230, although it had to be dismantled and rebuilt again in 1875 due to the instability of the terrain. The exterior marvels at its ornamentation with sculptures of Christ and the Apostles and its rather sober interior stands out for the Gothic sculpture of the Virgin of the Rose.
Piazza dei Cavalieri
Piazza dei Cavalieri offers the photographer some very nice artistic details. In ancient times it was the political and civil center of the city until it became the seat of the military order of the Knights of Saint Stephen. Today it is surrounded by important buildings such as the Palazzo della Carovana, the Palazzo dell’Orologio, the Palazzo del Consiglio dei Dodici and the church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri. All of them has well-preserved walls.
Other location if you have time
- Church di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, a small and simple church, but with a beautiful stained glass window and interior decoration.
- On the south bank of the Arno river is the Palazzo Blu which does amazing temporary exhibitions .
- From the train station on the way to the center of Pisa, before crossing the Arno on the left is the Chiesa di San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno, the ancient cathedral of Pisa dating from 952, with a beautiful façade.
- Take a walk along the river to reach the Giardino Scotto, an oasis of tranquility in Pisa.
- If you enjoy to Photograph nature and these gardens fall short, you can go to the oldest university botanical garden in the world. The Botanical Garden of Pisa.
Before the Summer, on 17 June, the Arno comes to life with the Regata Storica di San Ranieri, a rowing competition commemorating the city’s patron saint. On the night preceding this event, Pisa celebrates the Luminaria, when some 70,000 candles illuminate the streets running along the Arno river in honour of San Ranieri.
Be prepare to Photograph Pisa
Before arrive to photography in Tuscany get sure to be prepare. It’s not a big area but there are a lot of thinks to do and capture. Indeed are not easy choice to dealing with, especially if you are first timer. So find your subjects to shoot is really fundamental and then decide how do it. Usually my first step to be prepare is to look a map of the area and choose what coming first. Also search for landscape to capture and what time I have the best light to do it. Then try to read something about history and culture and costumes. Meanwhile search for works made in this region by greater photographers. Indeed from them you will be learning a lot of things. Take notes and made a checklist.
Move around to Photograph Pisa
The best way to travel for you photographic trip in Pisa is walking.In fact the town is not too big and you can explore easily the attraction in town. The railway station is in center and the train is the fastest way to get from other city, like Florence or Livorno. Once you are in town you can visit the city also by taking bus. However you want explore the countryside and the province the best way is rent a car.
So when you going to photograph Tuscany respect the environment and stay away from problems. Usually the most strictly places are the church and the religious site. For having more information on responsible travel photography check my other post.
Travel Insurance to Photograph Pisa
Getting a really god insurance. Like any destination, traveling with proper travel insurance is a must. Take care of yourself in the Italy.