make pisa as a day tour from florence
when in tuscany, its better to make florence as your base and book a tour to go to pisa. there`s not much to see in pisa except for the tower.
when we were there we booked a walking tour of pisa. check it out at www.guide.pisa.it
You have to walk along...
You have to walk along Lungarno (the street running along the river Arno) during the sunset... it's beautiful!!
I'll show you some traditional event:
La Regata di S. Ranieri
Il gioco del Ponte
(see the others general trips)
Some facts on the tower
Some facts on the tower:
- The height of the building from the foundations to the belfry is c. 60 m.
- The tower weighs c. 14.500 tons.
- The Tower is shaped like a hollow cylinder formed by two concentric walls (in marble blocks) which contain mortar and matter.
- A spiral stair within the cylindrical body allows access to the arcaded storeys and to the summit of the Tower.
- The inclination is c. 5.5 degrees towards the south; this means that the seventh cornice protrudes about 4.5 meters over the first cornice.
- The staircase consists of approximately 300 steps. climbing the tower
the doors of the Duomo are 8 meters high
The doors of the Duomo in Pisa are about 8 meters high, obviously in order to enter the church with banners during holy processions.
And when you are lucky and get there in the early afternoon, the sun will shine directely on the doors and will show more details of the reliefs
S. Maria della Spina
The small Church of Santa Maria della Spina is a remarkable example of Pisan Gothic. It was built in 1230 on the banks of the river Arno next to an important bridge, called Ponte Novo, that used to join the streets Santa Maria and Sant’Antonio. The bridge was destroyed during the 15th century and was never rebuilt. Being the church close to the bridge, it was given the name of Santa Maria de Pontenovo, changed in 1333 to Santa Maria della Spina, when it preserved the reliquary of a thorn of the Saviour’s crown (spina = thorn). Today the reliquary is in the church of Santa Chiara.
OPENING HOURS to visit the Church
January, February, November, December:
on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am until 2 pm.
Every second Sunday of the month: 10 am until 7 pm
March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October, : on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 10 am until 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm until 6 pm,
on Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am until 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm until 7:00 pm
16th June: 11 am until 1,30 pm. and 2,30 pm. until 11 pm.