American furniture stores and designers often describe an item or feature as being very "Tuscany." After a trip to Pisa, visitors will likely wonder, "what exactly does that mean?" There are a multitude of architectural styles represented in Pisa not limited to terra cotta roofs, pink marble floors, and white stucco facades.

The Duomo di Pisa (St. Mary's) is a sample of the many Romanesque structures in Pisa.  Its heavy, stone masonry, columns, and basilica contribute to this style. The black and white marble facade is a signature element of Pisan architecture.

Although the Baptistery is also of a Romanesque style, it differs in that it is round instead of being shaped like a transept. The top of the dome was not completed until 200 years later. Therefore, it is molded into a more Gothic style.

The rest of the town that lies outside of the Piazza de Duomo and Leaning Tower is a combination of Gothic, Medieval, Florentine, Byzantine, and Romanesque styles of architecture.

The grassy Campo dei Miracoli is even a feat of landscape architecture of its own that encourages the natural flow of human traffic. In other words, travelers can have the opportunity to gaze, sit, talk, or walk among some of the greatest monuments in the world.

 Pisa is however much more than Campo dei Miracoli, where there is also a beautiful Medieval Graveyard (Cimitero Monumentale) to visit. It is a secluded, quite place, where you can walk admiring architecture and frescoes (although most of the frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli were destroyed by bombs during WWII). The place is magic and far from creepy or spooky.

Follow via Santa Maria, straight from Campo dei Miracoli, and you get to the Lungarno/i, the street(s) lining the two banks of the river Arno. A Majestic View, especially if you cross the bridge on your right. Before getting to the Lungarno, on the left of Via Santa Maria you'll notice a small Romanesque Church: look carefully at its spire, it is a leaning tower as well (though not as famous as the other one). Then cross the bridge on your right and go and have a look at the small, white Gothic church perched on the bank of the river. It is Santa Maria della Spina, so called because it used to hold one of the thorns (spine) in the Saviour's crown. Or so they said. It was actually much closer to the river, but it was raised to a higher level because of the risk of flooding.

From there, you can easily visit another impressive church, San Paolo a Ripa d'Arno. It is further downstream , but very close to the bridge. It was the old cathedral in Pisa before they built up the Duomo. The façade is really beautiful, and was the model for countless similar churches in Pisa, its countryside, and even in Sardinia (which was once under Pisan control, or most of it).

Alternatively, re-cross the river and walk on the right bank (or turn left on reaching the Lungarno from via Santa Maria). Many small, quaint alleys will invite your perusal. Eventually you will get to the very core of Pisa, that is. the Ponte di Mezzo (yet another bridge), but this is "the" bridge. It was the first bridge actually built on the Arno, although many times re-built and renovated. On your left, a small porticoed street called Borgo Stretto will let you have a feeling of life in a medieval city. Follow Borgo Stretto up to where the portico ends and take the street on your left (via Ulisse Dini): you will get to the Piazza della Normale, that is. the square where the beautiful renaissance building of the Scuola Normale (a very renowned academic institution in Italy) is located. This square is said to be where the forum of the Roman Pisa used to be. Any of the streets branching from this square will get you something interesting; try via di San Frediano, where Osteria dei Cavalieri is located  (a nice place to taste good Tuscan food), which will let you have a glimpse of University life in Pisa (Pisa is said to be a sort of "Oxford on the Arno"...). By the way, tucked away in a corner of via Ulisse Dini there is a place (once) famous among all Pisan students for pizza and a special type of crusted pie called "cecina". It is still worth a visit.

If you continue walking  along the river without crossing the Ponte di Mezzo bridge you will get to the Museo di San Matteo, a museum that hosts real masterpieces - especially if you like early medieval painting and sculpture. Pisa flourished very early, and its most treasured works of art date back to the 11th-13th centuries.

If you cross the Ponte di Mezzo bridge you will see before you the Logge dei Banchi (in 2011 under restoration), that is a loggia where market stalls and other public events were hosted. The street before you is called Corso Italia, it is a typical Italian shopping street, where people like walking to and from (they "wade" it, as they say) to see and be seen. It is actually not that much in terms of shopping experience, but it nevertheless is charming, especially at night (from 6 to 8 PM). Or you might take the first street on the left from Corso d'Italia (via San Martino) which will get you across a very nice area of the old city, full of imposing buildings. A side street of via San Martino leads to a small square where the chiesa del Santo Sepolcro is (Holy Sepulchre church). Very interesting, although not easy to visit (erratic opening hours).

Not to mention many more sights, and the generally relaxed atmosphere you can experience in this small (though proud) city.