Making my way back to the waterfront, I noticed a photo exhibit that looked interesting, and decided to check it out. It was a very powerful show of photographs of prisoners in jails around Pisa. The exhibit was held in a space overlooking the Loggia dei banchi and I found both the show itself, and the space to be quite unique.On the wall, outside of the exhibit, there was a slot where people would leave money to help with the upkeep of the city’s prisoners.
I turned left at the waterfront and began to explore the alleyways over there.Before long I came to the Church of Santa Cristina. This is the Church where St. Catherine of Siena received the Stigmata, while she was staying in Pisa.One of Pisa’s most beautiful pieces of architecture, in my opinion, is the tiny little jewel of a church – Santa Maria alla Spina. It’s almost like a doll house of a church, set right alongside of the river. I’ve never seen it open. But, it almost doesn’t matter. I find it to be incredibly beautiful.A few steps beyond the church is the Ponte Solferino with it’s lions.I noticed some graffiti art all done by one artist that was popping up all over this particular neighborhood. I thought that it was quite cute!I stumbled upon a lovely little garden, where a small group of local rappers were rehearsing one of their numbers.Those clouds had to bring some rain. So, while it downpoured, I watched kids from a local clown school do a presentation.Soon it was time to head across the river for drinks/dinner. As soon as you get off of the bridge, you find yourself in Piazza Garibaldi with it’s statue of guess who? Garibaldi!By now it was cocktail hour, and the rain began again. It poured! This being a Sunday night, many of the restaurants were shut for the evening, leaving pizzerias in which to dine.
Stay tuned for Pisa – Day two – when we visit the famous Campo Dei Miracoli – home to the leaning tower!
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