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The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most recognizable destinations on a tour of Italy. Its trademark slant, coupled with its lengthy history and impressive design, make it one of the must-see buildings in the country. However, the iconic tower is beginning to straighten out. Over the last 20-plus years, a concerted effort has been made to stall the lean, and in the last 12 years its slant has been moved by about 1 inch, according to The Huffington Post. In doing so, officials believe they have helped keep the building safe to visit for the next 200 to 300 years. Although the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a must-see attraction in this northern Italian city.
Piazza del Duomo
Arguably the most historic spot in Pisa, Piazza del Duomo is home to many of Pisa's most impressive buildings. Not surprisingly, the square's centerpiece is its awe-inspiring Duomo, a medieval cathedral that has been an icon of the city for more than 900 years. The church is impressive from the outside, but its interior is even more breathtaking thanks in large part to the intricately designed biblical scenes depicted throughout.
Although Piazza del Duomo might be home to some of the city's oldest buildings, Knights' Square is equally as impressive. Among the sites that are certainly worth seeing is the Palazzo della Carovana. Built in the late 16th century, the structure is especially compelling because of the artwork contained on the facade. Other highlights in Knights' Square include the Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri and the Church of St. Rocco.
Villa di Corliano
Italy is replete with luxurious villas and palaces, and when it comes to those in Pisa, the Villa di Corliano stands above the rest. This compelling structure was built in the 16th century and used by many local merchants as a summer house. It's easy to see why it has stood the test of time as a relic of Italian prosperity. In addition to the building itself, the Villa di Corliano is surrounded by acres of beautiful landscape, and there is a garden layout that dates back to the 19th century. It's the perfect window into the rich natural offerings of Italy's famed Tuscany region.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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Remember the first time you fell in love? Relive those butterflies in Italy.
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