Piazza Toniolo 20, Pisa, Tuscany, 56125, Italy
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Campo dei Miracoli
The leaning tower of Pisa
Camposanto Monumentale - May 09
In the Piazza Garibaldi
is it possible to go to and from Milan in a day by train from Pisa>
No problem, single journey takes 3-4 hrs, there are frequent trains. Check
for schedules (the Swiss rail site seems to me clearer that the Trenitalia site
Well, yes, it's "possible", but it's going to take you about 4 hours each way...are you sure that you want to spend 8 hours on a train just to see Milan for a few hours? There are lots of places a lot closer to Pisa...
The Trenitalia website (www.trenitalia.com - which I don't find confusing, but then I spend a lot of time on it), does have one advantage over any other website...it can give you pricing whereas the other European rail websites won't give you pricing in Italy...
adding to mccalpin response above, there is a way out: take same day return ticket for Florence (Fast Train: ES*A, 99 euros, 1:45 hours) and then take the Regional Train to and from Pisa (1 hour). This will save you with approx 2 hours for some extra cost...
As suggested above, try www.trenitalia.com for first hand information...
Travel Tips for Pisa
As they say, nothing in this world is free.
Be prepared to pay heavy prices for the tickets to climb the tower and to visit the monuments.
It costs 15 Euros to climb the tower and they only let you in at a fixed time. I couldn't climb because I had to catch a 5 PM train back to Milan and the next available slot was at 6:30 PM. Anyways, if you check the photograph attached, you can get an idea of the prices. I paid 6 Euros to visit the Cathedral and the Baptistery...
BRING YOUR CAMERA!
I remember when we actually walked into the small town and I saw the Tower. There are no words for this photograph ( except that it looks fake ). It is not just a leaning tower but a part of history I will always remember .
San Sisto Church
Tradition claims that the church was founded on 6 August 1070, “Lo die di San Sisto”, the day that the Pisan navy claimed extraordinary victories, but also the inauspicious day of the defeat of the Meloria in 1284.
The stone church has a medieval architectural design, with two aisles and a central nave, and granite columns with re-employed capitals from the Classical age. In this church the Major Council and the Minor Council of the People were held and in that era it was considered one of the most important churches of the city. The façade is decorated with blind arches and ceramic bowls.
The church is situated in Piazza San Sisto
The Palio held in the Piazza...
The Palio held in the Piazza Del Campo in the centre of Siena.
This ancient race dates back to the early part of the 15th century.
Held twice a year on the 2nd of July and the 16th of August, this is more than a horse race, the Italians are passionate about the Palio, which involves the ten houses competing for a ancient hand painted banner called the Palio.
Preparations for the race begin the minute one has finished and last all year, and the celebrations and pageantry lasts all week leading up to the race, where they parade in wonderfully coloured costumes and hurl large flags up in the air and catch them again, an ancient skill. Loud fire works are fired off and drums and horns are sounded, on top of the roar of the crowd a truly exciting spectacle.
Before the race the horses, their jockeys and grooms all go to the Cathedral where they are given a blessing at a small alter in the Cathedral in Siena, do go and look you can’t miss it there are helmets from jockeys near the alter and small chapel.
So the race begins and ten horses are ridden bareback three times round the sand track at brake neck speed, sometimes the horses go into the crowd and people are injured or horses are killed.
But there is great rivalry between the houses and even marriages between two different houses is not really accepted.
Coming second is not acceptable you must win, and having done so great celebrations ensue, and of course tears for the losers.
Pisa, the town is situated in the Tuscany region in Italy. The best excursion from Pisa would be Lucca. A town encircled by a medieval wall.
Buy a Tuscany Regional train ticket because it would make you want to explore the best of Tuscany around Pisa.
The photo shows Lucca. I was based in Monsagrati, a small townn near Lucca, when visiting Pisa.
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Address: Piazza Toniolo 20, Pisa, Tuscany, 56125, Italy