“One of the things that I love the most about this trip is the guided tour in Pisa,” says Margherita. “It’s not often you get to walk in the Field of Miracles with a local Expert. It’s a great way to fall in love with this unique place, which has so much more to it than the leaning tower.”
The Field of Miracles is the walled 8.87-hectare area (22 acres) consists of The Leaning Tower, the Duomo, the Baptistry and the Monumental Cemetery.
“One of the most interesting facts, amongst all the history of Italy that Pisa has to tell, is the continued strong rivalry with Florence,” says Margherita.
The rivalry between the two cities dates back to medieval times when they were powerful city-states competing for regional dominance. Both sought control over trade routes and economic influence in Tuscany. Pisa’s decline from maritime supremacy, coupled with Florence’s rise as a cultural, artistic, and political center, intensified the historical animosity. These historical factors, combined with regional pride and competition, have perpetuated the rivalry between the two cities over the centuries.
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