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The Miracles of Pisa

Walking through Pisa it is easy to see the splendor left by the Ancient Marine Republic of Pisa that, since 1810, has been the home of one of Europe's most prestigious universities: the Scuola Normale Superiore. Thousands of tourists arrive in Pisa every year, just to enjoy the majestic Piazza dei Miracoli (aka Piazza del Duomo). The design of the piazza is not a random one (a secret to which very few are actually privy): according to the sociologist Silvano Burgalassi, the sequence of the monuments here makes Piazza del Duomo an extraordinary cosmic calendar, beginning at the Baptistry and running toward the Camposanto Vecchio, moving on to the Cathedral, and concluding with the famous Leaning Tower.