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A city of Miracoli
Unlike Florence, which is highly commercialized, Pisa is serene and laid-back. Known all over the world for its leaning tower (Torre pendente) and the Campo dei Miracoli, Pisa is however the least known of the Italian cities. A Rennaisance city, that was once a wealthy seaport, welcomes today tourists from all over the world with its Pisan-Romanesque style churches, the Campo Santo (the most beautiful cemetery in the world), trattorias, boutiques and an atmosphere of cultured bohemia.
Chiesa di Santo Stefano
The church of the Knights
Chiesa di Santo Stefano was modeled on a plan by Don Giovanni de' Medici between 1594 and 1606. The official Italian name of the church is Chiesa Nazionale di S. Stefano dei Cavalieri (National Church of Saint Stephen of the Knights). The order was founded in 1561.
The interior of Chiesa di Santo Stefano is richly decorated with relics from the battles and victories of the Knights of St. Stephen, and fine works of art by well-known artists of the past including il Santino, Ludovico Cardi, Jacopo Chimenti, Alessandro Pieroni and many others.
Piazza Ulisse Dini, Pisa