Poet Gabriele D’Annunzio (1910) called the area around Pisa’s Duomo (cathedral), a “prato dei miracoli” (“a field of miracles”).
The white Carrara marble of all the “miracles” stands out in stark contrast to the black night-sky background.
“A temple of white marble like snow” is how the 11th-century cathedral architect, Buscheto di Giovanni Giudice, described the masterpiece he constructed. His words are on a plaque on the facade, near his funerary monument.
A night-time experience of the Tower, Baptistery and Duomo instills a contemplative, serene solemnity.
…and then I saw two laughing young Italian women accepting an empty ice-cream cone from a departing Chinese tourist. They’d seen how the Chinese visitors use those empty cones to photograph the Torre as if it were the gelato topping the cone.
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