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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 still stays the least-known of the Italian cities. A Rennaisance city that was once a wealthy seaport, it 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.

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Camposanto Monumentale

Camposanto Monumentale

Famous One of the historic landmarks in Piazza dei Miracoli

One of the historic landmarks in Piazza dei Miracoli Editors' Note

Camposanto Monumentale, the Monumental Cemetery, is also known as the Campo Santo, and Camposanto Vecchio (Old Cemetery). The monumental structure was built around a shipload of sacred soil from Golgotha in the 12th century.

The cemetery is called “Monumentale” to differentiate it from Pisa’s newest cemetery. Camposanto Monumentale is enclosed by a huge, oblong Gothic cloister raised in 1278 and designed by the architect Giovanni di Simone. The cemetery was completed in 1464.

Campo Santo once had a collection of 84 Roman sarcophagi, as well as a collection of Roman and Etruscan sculptures and urns. These can be found today at the Museum of the Cathedral Vestry Board.

Camposanto Monumentale
Piazza dei Miracoli, 56123 Pisa