Cycling Pisa by bike sharing
Pisa is a ray of sunlight that is reflected on the Arno. Turn bike is easy thanks to the Cyclops, the bike-sharing service that is both out of the central station that the airport Galileo Galilei – just one kilometer from the center -. With 15 stations of an urban area of small dimensions move to two wheels is convenient.
Pisa is a city that welcomes, that pampers and amazes. Its tower is a symbol of Italy, its university excellence, its Lungarni relief. The good reasons to visit are countless. Viagginbici.com there offers just five, plus a “false” doing a little ‘smile.
Tuttomondo, peace in a mural
A few rides from Central Station there, from 1989, a work that has marked the history of the Street Art. The lines are unmistakable American artist Keith Haring, in all their simplicity. Invited for a stay in Italy by a student from Pisa, in four days of work Haring gave the city a new face, Tuttomondo, which covers an entire outer wall of the rectory of St. Anthony Abbot, close to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele.
Hard not to be impressed by the 30 colorful figures that make up the wall, a symbol of world harmony, nature above us, the life full of love and the struggle against evil. It is a modern fresco, who wants to talk to everyone. For this is not meant for the artificial lights of a museum, but it is on the road, and the sun is shining. For this art remains the best alphabet for humanity.
Square of Miracles
On the other side of Pisa is his most famous symbol: the Leaning Tower “Square of Miracles”. Gabriele D’Annunzio was baptizing so the space that surrounds the Cathedral, was fascinated not only by the Campanile limping, but also from the Duomo and Baptistery, Monumental Cemetery and the eighteenth-century Fountain of Putti. So much beauty concentrated could only become Unesco World Heritage Site.
The Tower of Pisa is nothing but the bell tower of the Cathedral of Santa Maria. It seems that the original project was straight. The clay soil did the rest. The monument rises up to 55 meters, offering those who climb the 293 steps its stunning views – but the bill is a bit ‘salty -. The current inclination is 5.5 °, nearly 10 percent.
Books without borders: the Pisa book Festival
For one weekend a year Pisa becomes the Italian capital of independent publishing. From 7 to 9 November, the city’s conference will be flooded with 150 exhibitors from all over Italy, over 200 events and 4,000 square meters of books. Godmother of the twelfth edition is Dacia Maraini, and among the guests expected include the great dean of the stage Paolo Poli, the writer Sandro Veronesi, the cartoonist and illustrator Sergio Staino. Sweden, Denmark and Norway are the guests of honor of this year’s book festival. The idea is to open the horizon to the charm of Nordic culture, exotic element for Italians still little known, except the usual suspects Andersen, Strindberg and Ibsen. The full program is here.
Fresh pasta, pizza and nooks
For a parenthesis in the gastronomic heart of the city is a must visit on 13 square Vettovaglie, where a known family of pasta makers, the Falciani, found the ancient wine cellar Square.
Pappardelle, gnocchi, pasta daisies, are some traditional dishes of Pisa in the menu. Lovers of pizza by the meter made in a workmanlike rather be directed in via Sancasciani 1, the pizzeria The Stables. The environment is simple and cozy, try the classic combination rapini and sausage. Finally a little ‘sweetness pastry Lando Via Cattaneo. Although a little ‘out of hand the variety of desserts – first class – and the courtesy of the staff are worth the ride. The paintings hanging on the walls of the master Lando they only add a touch of personality to a room that smells of home.
Along the Arno in Pisa with Modi
Amedeo Modigliani et ses amis is the fifth great reason to visit Pisa this winter.
The exhibition will be the artist from Livorno to Blue Palace until 15 February. The exhibition brings together works from the Centre Pompidou in Paris, paintings belonging to public and private collections both Italian and foreign, a selection of sculptures by Modigliani and his contemporaries. The exhibition is a story in pictures of the rebellious and unconventional life of Modigliani.
From Livorno in Paris, from education to artistic maturity reached in France, it tells the story of a man who shunned the approval, the constant pursuit of beauty without mediation and against any stereotype. Alongside paintings by Modi’s worldwide who gravitated around him in Montparnasse, the companions of the life of avant-garde culture Chagall, Soutine, Picasso, and other Cubists.
The false heads of Modigliani
The sixth reason is a false sensational. Rather three, which is the number of heads sculptural naively attributed to Modigliani the cream of art critics. The story is hilarious, the result of the best – and irreverent – humor Livorno. The year was 1984 when he returned to Livorno afloat a legend: Modigliani would throw, before moving to France, some of his sculptures in the canal that runs along the city market.
Searches frantic led to the discovery of three stones. And his art experts will recognize the hand of the artist. Too bad that the real authors were students pranksters armed with electric drill and chisel, and the artist Angelo Froglia. Thirty years later, in Pisa, back in the public mocking those three heads, exhibited at the National Museum of San Matteo for a second hoax. A rematch of the critics on the visitor.