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Campo Santo
Vacation Travel Guide

Camposanto featuring art, a statue or sculpture and heritage elements

Explore the cloisters of this walled cemetery to discover medieval frescoes, Roman sarcophagi and the final resting place of the famous mathematician Fibonnaci.

The arch-lined walls of the Camposanto form the northern border of the Piazza dei Miracoli, which contains the Duomo and its freestanding Leaning Tower of Pisa. The grassy inner courtyard of the cemetery provides a tranquil escape from the crowds and vendors on the square. Explore its Gothic cloisters and you’ll come across huge frescoes, ancient Roman sarcophagi and the final resting place of many notable Pisans.

It is said that Camposanto, which translates to “holy field,” was built on soil excavated and shipped from the site of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, but this hasn’t been confirmed by historians. Construction of Camposanto was completed in 1464. This makes it the youngest of the four structures on the square, though its 84 Roman sarcophagi date as far back as the 3rd century.

Follow the cavernous hallways that lead through the interior of the cemetery to reach the northern gallery. While the American bombing of Pisa in 1944 destroyed many of the bigger frescoes in Camposanto, the pieces housed in this room were among the first to be restored after World War II. See moving depictions of the Triumph of Death and scenes depicting the stories of the Anchorites alongside a disturbing vision of the Last Judgement. Find the Roman sarcophagi within the galleries that line the cemetery.

Move between the tombs, gravestones and memorial plaques as the sun forms eerie shadows on the paths. Study the names marked on the plots to come across some notable Pisans buried in this “holy soil,” including the great mathematician Fibonacci. It’s easy to spend a few hours at Camposanto due to the serenity within its walls.

Camposanto is located on the northern edge of Piazza dei Miracoli and can be reached on foot from Pisa’s historic center. A bus services the piazza. Parking is available for a fee on Via Pietrasantina, a five-minute walk away. Camposanto is open daily. There is an admission fee, with a discount available if you buy a multi-attraction ticket to see the other monuments in the square.

Top Hotels Close to Campo Santo

Grand Hotel Duomo
Grand Hotel Duomo
4 out of 5
Via Santa Maria 94, Pisa, PI
The price is ¥9,479 per night from May 14 to May 14
Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is steps from Piazza del Duomo and Orto Botanico di Pisa. Leaning Tower and Cathedral of Pisa are also within 5 minutes. ...
3.8/5Good! (986 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jul 17, 2020

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Hotel Pisa Tower
Hotel Pisa Tower
3 out of 5
via Andrea Pisano 23, Pisa, PI
The price is ¥7,318 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of University Hospital of Santa Chiara and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. Orto Botanico di Pisa ...
4.3/5Excellent! (618 reviews)
Reat location for the tower and city.
"Great location and great value, helpful staff. Couldn't fault it."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2020

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Hotel Bologna
Hotel Bologna
4 out of 5
Via Mazzini 57, Pisa, PI
The price is ¥7,079 per night from May 21 to May 21
Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mezzogiorno and University of Pisa. Leaning Tower and Piazza del Duomo are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (980 reviews)
njoyed our stay
"Hotel lovely and in a decent location. The only minor quibble is that the walls in our room seem to be a bit thin as you could hear next door quite easily."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Hotel Bologna
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4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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