Tuscany is an Italian region that never fails to astonish the avid traveler, be it with spectacular scenery or its urban centers teeming with stunning art and architecture. One of its gems is the quaint town of Pisa. Birthplace of the "father of modern science", Gallileo Gallilei, the now quiet university town on the river Arno was a maritime superpower up until the 15th century, enjoying the status of Tuscany's major port prior to its decline when it was forced to relinquish its primacy over the Tuscan region to Florence. The stunning architectural marvels that can be found around the city were mostly financed during that prosperous time. Aside from its numerous churches and museums, the main attraction is its aptly named Square of Miracles. Every day, tourists flock to admire the four white-marble constructions that tower over an expanse of neatly trimmed green grass: the Cathedral or Duomo, the Baptistery, the Camposanto Monumentale cemetery and the famed Campanile or Leaning Tower of Pisa. Be on the lookout for heaps of people posing with their hands in the air as if to support the weight of the 60-meter bell tower, a sort of attraction in and of itself. Easily accessible – thanks, Trenitalia! – for a day trip to just grab a coffee, see the sights and buy a magnet for your fridge, it's also perfect for a short stay enjoying relaxing night-time strolls by the illuminated river Arno and taking in all the life that this very pleasant university town has to offer.