The Marvels of Marble

A detail from the marble (Leaning) Tower of Pisa

Marble has been imitated, copied, and cultured, across the world and over the centuries, but nothing compares to “the real thing”. The stone has a porous outer layer, which allows the light to penetrate the stone, causing the typical waxy and glowing (skinlike) expression. Marble is somehow soft and solid at the same time, and thereby easy to shape and still strong enought to carry a heavy weight. These are … Continue reading

Celebrating June in Pisa – Gioco del Ponte


A little outdated maybe, but this post is about the conclusion of Giugno Pisana celebration. The Game of the Bridge is a battle of strength between Pisa’s Northern and Southern districts. Traditionally the two halves of the city, which are separated by the Arno River, are called Tramontana and Mezzogiorno. The Gioco del Ponte takes place on the Ponte di Mezzo (the middle bridge) on the last sunday of June, … Continue reading

The Aqueduct of Lucca and The Tricky Business of Water Supply

The Aqueduct of Lucca

To provide water to a city, where all the wells are contaminated, was one of the great challenges the people of ancient times were facing. The result was the legendary aqueducts, and there are many examples of this ancient architecture around the world.The aqueduct of Lucca is a fine example. It was built as late as the 19th century in a neoclassical style designed by Luccese architect Lorenzo Nottolini. The … Continue reading

Celebrating June in Pisa – La Luminara di San Ranieri

La Luminara di San Ranieri - 16th of June in Pisa

During the month of June there are several events in Pisa, as they celebrate their Guignio Pisana. On June 16th we witnessed the spectacular festival of the lights; La Luminara di San Ranieri, and it was indeed remarkable! On the evening before their Patron Saint´s day (San Ranieri) all electrical lights were switched off along the river Arno, and the Medieval houses, as well as the three main bridges, were … Continue reading

The San Gimignano 1300 Exhibition

San Gimignano 1300 Exhibition

The SG Centro per Le Arti is located in the heart of San Gimignano, this pearl of Tuscany that I posted about earlier. The main attraction of the museum is the ceramic reproduction of the city anno 1300, which is located in the basement of what used to be one of the City Towers. The skyline of San Gimignano as we know it today is characterized by its 14 towers, … Continue reading

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