Pisa is a legendary city and one of the most famous in this region of Italy. Tourists often stop at Pisa en-route to Florence but it is a fantastic city to stay in and offers a great deal more sites than just it’s legendary leaning tower.
Located on the western coast of Italy, Pisa is only 20 minutes from the Ligurian Sea and has great transport links to Florence, Livorno and La Spezia.
With a population of just 91,000 it is one of the smaller cities in the Tuscany region of Italy, but has historically been one of the most important and influential.
Going straight from the train station to the city center of PISA
the first big square you'll see is Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II. Recently restored, it has soon become one of the preferred meeting places in Pisa.
During winter, you can find there an ice rink for skating, and all year long you can stop to have a drink in one of the bars that overlook the square.
On the left of the square, you'll discover one of the hidden jewels of Pisa: in the Sant'Antonio square, in one of the walls of the church with the same name, there is Keith Haring's mural called "Tuttomondo". Even some people in Pisa don't know of its existence!
Pisa, Italy is known the world over mainly for one famous tourist sight, but this city that sits on the banks of the Arno River in the central part of the country offers much more. From museums to natural wonders, Pisa offers a lot to those looking for a more pointed and pleasant look at Italian culture through a Tuscan lens.
Pisa’s most popular attraction is the Leaning Tower. But what most don’t realize is that it is actually one of four structures that make up the Campa dei Miracoli or Field of Miracles. The tower is the campanile or the bell tower.
The tower was first erected in August 1173, with construction continuing throughout the next two centuries amidst conflicts in the areas.
Various architects have attempted to correct the lean of the 17-story white marble tower over the years to no avail.
The lean is actually due to the tower being built on an unstable bed of sand.
Those who venture to climb the 294 steps will be treated to one of the best panoramic sights to be found in the world.
The Leaning Tower has made Pisa famous all over the world, and in addition to the tower, the city offers many other interesting things to see worth at least an entire day - check out our 1 day in Pisa itinerary to plan your visit.
When you first arrive at the beautiful Square of Miracles (Piazza dei Miracoli), your sight will be captivated by the magnificent Tower. Don’t just admire it from below: the climb up the tower is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we highly encourage you to experience. You will enjoy both the incredible climb as well as the amazing views from the top (you can buy tickets in advance as number of entries are limited every half hour)!
Leaning tower and Campo dei Miracoli
The leaning tower, duomo and baptistery are must-sees. It costs nothing to wander the green lawns (with crowds picnicking and taking silly photographs), admiring the centuries-old white marble and 5.5-degree lean on the Torre Pendente. Entry to the tower is pricey (€18pp/under-10s free) but includes the cathedral. It’s a thrill to climb the steep, narrow steps once trodden by Galileo Galilei, and the view of the city is superb.
From this year, 2km of the city walls are open (first weekend of the month, 10am-6pm, free), providing views also of Camposanto cemetery and of the huge weights used to pull the tower 45cm closer to vertical in 2007, after it was closed amid safety fears.
Piazza dei Cavalieri
Once away from the tower, the tour guides and coach parties give way to the real Pisa – of business and academia.
A facelift (finished this spring) has added a pleasant, stone-flagged pedestrian route from the cathedral to the station. It passes through what was the political heart of medieval Pisa, Piazza dei Cavalieri – a wide, elegant space dominated by Palazzo della Carovana, lavishly decorated by Giorgio Vasari and now home to the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy’s top university.
The redevelopment that saw the city walls reopened also includes turning the 800-year-old republican arsenal west of the centre into an arts and events space, and a revamp of nearby Torre Guelfa, built in 1406 to control the river route into the city.
Pisa town The origins of Pisa are uncertain: a number of theses exist supporting a Ligurian or Greek origin, whereas it is certain that it was an Etruscan settlement and later a Roman colony.
Nearby: Visit Lucca, Livorno, Versilia (Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio, Camaiore)
Distances: Lucca 20 Km - Florence 79 Km - Livorno 25 Km - Siena 110 Km - Grosseto 150 Km
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