Pisa

Pisa, Italy

When talking of Pisa, the first thing that comes to mind is, of course the Leaning Tower Pisa, situated in the beautiful Tuscany. There is some much to be explored in Pisa apart from the Tower and the 12th century university, that you will not be disappointed by this city. Its roots date back to the 5th century and yet it is a combination of new and old. The city has many renowned historic monuments along with the square of miracles, many people from around the world come to Pisa to have a glimpse of the leaning tower of Pisa which is leaning more with passing time. Rising above the banks of River Arno, this beautiful ancient city has a love for art and museums, gothic style churches, pizza, festivals and events. Pisa is an easy city to traverse, with integrated transport system even in the remote areas.

Location: Tuscany, Italy

Climate: humid subtropical and Mediterranean climate

How to reach:

By Air: The airport Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport is situated only 20 minutes away from the City Centre, if you walk. It is well connected to both international and national cities. The railway station is only 2 km away from the airport.

By Train: Pisa Centrale is the main railway station. Pisa has a well integrated railway network connecting it to major cities across Europe and Italy.

By Road: Pisa is well connected to other parts of Italy. The main road is the Autostrada Del Sole. However, you need to have an international licence, if you wish to self-drive in Italy.

Points of Interest

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Location: Piazza del Duomo, Pisa, Italy

Timings: Monday closed

Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm

How to reach: By Bus

This 11th century tower was in fact, the bell tower of the Cathedral Complex.  When three storeys of the tower were completed out of the eight projected, the lean was noticed. However, due to the break out of war, work was stopped for almost a century which caused the foundations to settle down preventing its collapse. Later the remaining storeys were added with corrections being made for the lean. However, the tower continued to lean at the rate of 1.2 mm every year. The seven bells of the cathedral of Pisa, were stopped eventually to prevent their movement from aggravating the leaning of the tower. Many efforts have been made to stabilize the structure and it is believed that it will withhold for nearly 200 years. Made from white marble, the tower is a remarkable sight that attracts communities of scientists and architects as well as curious tourists from all over the world. You can climb the tower; get an early reservation for your hassle free visit.

Piazza dei Miracoli

Location: Piazza del Duomo, Pisa, Italy

Timings: Monday closed

Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm

How to reach: By Bus

This UNESCO world heritage site is one of the most astonishing and holy cathedral squares of the world, built in the Roman gothic style. Also called the Piazza of Miracles, it is located on a beautiful green field with four important religious places close to one another. Built from beautiful white marble, these medieval art marvels include the Pisa Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Pisa Baptistry of St. John the Baptist, the Leaning Tower and the Camposanto or the Graveyard. The architectural harmony of the entire place enchants tourists from all over the world.

Camposanto Monumentale

Location,

Timings:Monday closed

Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm

How to reach: By Bus

The home to the remaining roman sculptures and sarcophagi, it is the 12th century cemetery of the ancient Romans who died in the war. Walking around the whole complex with a gelato in hand is probably the best way to see this amazing historic monument. The statues have inscriptions which educate visitors about them and the history behind them.

Santa Maria della Spina

Location: Lungarno Gambacorti, Pisa, Italy

Timings:

Nov to Feb:

Tuesday to Sunday - 10am to 2pm

March to October:

Tuesday to Fridays: 10am to 1.30 pm and 2.30pm to 6pm

Saturdays and Sundays: 10am to 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm to 7.00 pm.

How to reach

While Walking around the Arno river in the city, suddenly this small church catches your attention, this 13th century church is another fine specimen of the gothic architecture with gates portraying the statues of Madonna with the Child and the two Angels. The beautiful white ornate façade is highly impressive while the exquisite details on the exterior are highly mesmerizing. Its beauty is even more enhanced when the floodlights are lit at night.

National Museum of San Matteo

Location: San Matteo in Soarta | LungarnoMediceo, Pisa, Italy

Timings: Monday closed

Tuesday to Sunday: 8:30 am to 7 pm

How to reach: By bus

The museum dedicated to medieval and renaissance art, has paintings, relics and statues of Christianity. It houses collections of 12th and 13th century Pisan paintings, and ceramic collection from the medieval era which is one of the richest collection used for decoration of the exterior walls of churches. It is one of the hidden gems of Pisa which escapes the eyes of the tourists because of all the lime light being taken by the Leaning Tower and the Piazza. 

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