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“Another gem.”
Review of Battistero

Battistero
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Skip-the-Line Pisa and Leaning Tower City Tour for Kids and Families
Ranked #4 of 171 things to do in Pisa
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Another gem.”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

The Baptistry is associated with the Duomo. The font is wonderfully carved and a statue of John the Baptist adorns the interior of the building. The roof is a series of domes each inter-connected with and supported by the others. Architecturally it is very pleasing. Highly ornate on the outside, cool and more simple within.
The acoustics are astonishing. At intervals the custodian of the building closes the doors to the outside and sings to demonstrate the acoustic. The design of the building causes sound to be held for such a long time that having sung a single note and moved to the next, the first note continues to resonate for such a long time that a chord can be built up with each note continuing to sound as the next is added. Worth waiting for.
The ticket for entry to the Baptistry must be purchased at the ticket office nearby and presented at the Baptistry for entry. Tickets are not sold at the attraction itself. The same ticket will also get you into the Duomo so when you leave the Baptistry hold onto the ticket.
The entire site with the Baptistry, Duomo and leaning tower is a real tourist magnet, the place will in all probability be very crowded and in the summer hot. Patience is a must.

Visited May 2013
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“Expected more inside”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The outside looked very decorative and I expected the inside to be similarly decorative. I was wrong it was quite plain, a circular tower with an upper gallery and a statute of John the Baptist in the centre of the floor. This was made more enjoyable when one of the ticket attendants came to the centre of the room and started to sing single notes. The quality of this was impressive partly because he had a good voice but equally the circular tower improved the sound so much you had to be there to appreciate it.

Visited July 2013
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Tortona, Italy
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“Absolutely a must to see.”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

The baptistery along with other architectural artistic make it up the beautiful landscape of the Square of Miracles (Piazza dei Miracoli).
It is a beautiful baptistery, very impressive above all the outside, I love the domes and this has an exceptional one, worked with art and craftsmanship, really a masterpiece.

Visited May 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is one of the most beautiful baptisteries I had the pleasure of visiting. Both the outside and the inside are beautifully decorated, and inside there is such a deep sense of peace and tranquility, even our kids were impressed. Make a stop after visiting the Leaning Tower, you won't regret it.

Visited July 2013
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“Look, listen, and breathe here”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

The interior space of the Baptistry is beautiful: it has a spareness that features the building's architecture rather than added decorations. It feels very different than the cathedral and tower though there are shared exterior features. I would reiterate what others say about being there during one of the acoustic demonstrations, which seem to happen on the half-hour. We listened and videotaped from the gallery. We looked down on the docent at the altar/ font, and the sound from his voice resonated all around us. It was a very moving experience, and made for a lovely break from the crowds and bustle of the Field of Miracles. Buy this as part of your combination ticket, and do so online well ahead of your visit. We had a much less stressful visit than others who had waited until day of.

Visited July 2013
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