Pisa Travel Guide

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Pisa Highlights

  • Pro
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     Good food and friendly people 

  • Con
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     As busy as you would expect around the tower 

  • In a nutshell
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     Great museums to enjoy along with the Duomo, Baptistry and Tower 

Pisa Things to Do

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  • The Tower

    Everyone knows The Leaning Tower of Pisa, the tower is a freestanding bell tower , or Campanile , which like the Duomo in the Campo dei Miracoli , the wonders of the field Designer of the tower was probably Diotisalvi, the original intention was to build a vertical tower but shortly after the start of construction in 1173, the building began to...

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  • The Duomo - Cathedral

    The Cathedral of Pisa is located in the center of the Campo dei Miracoli . The medieval Cathedral has the shape of a basilica five arches and is dedicated to Mary The construction began in 1064, under the supervision of the architect Buscheto, his tomb is built into the leftmost arch of the facade, after the death of Buscheto , Rainaldo took over...

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  • The Baptistery

    The largest baptistery in the world , is located on the Campo dei Miracoli . Its construction started in 1152 , almost a century after it was the construction of the Duomo began The huge building has a circumference of 107 meters , a height of 55 meters , and is lined with Carrara marble, in the lower part return again the blind arches back , known...

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Pisa Restaurants

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  • A Nice Meal with Good Service

    The restaurant décor was attractive and elegant, and the waitress was polite and friendly. We both ordered pasta dishes: a spaghetti alla boscaiola and a spaghetti alla Bolognese. We both finished our meal with a pannacotta each. And coffees. The food was tasty.

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  • Tuscan Veal

    We stayed two nights at the Hotel Victoria and were directed by them. It was a short block from the back door of the hotel. It is in the base floors of an ancient tower. It serves the best grlled meats served with home made pasta and fresh vegetables. It is filled with locals. On ehe second nihjt it was Ladies Day and the place was filled with...

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  • Perhaps the Best Gelato in Italy

    It's only 3 pm and a rather rainy cold day but there is growing a line at the Gelato Qualitia Naturale shop. As we stand in the line we notice that no one seems to be concerned about the line even though there are some gelato alternatives nearby. This shop had been recommended to us by the owner of Michele's B & B so we thought we would give it a...

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Pisa Nightlife

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  • Live music

    If you plan to stop over in Pisa check out the Theatro Verdi. An impressive old Theatre and Opera House dating from 1865-67. Performances of opera, dance, music and plays. There is also a nice little cafe bar which is open during the day. Although the box seats are not very comfortable, the acoustics and productions are good. Dress code seems to...

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  • Campo dei Miracoli

    Take a stroll round Pisa at night. The Leaning Tower and the rest of Campo dei Miracoli is illuminated at night and also you can take in the area more when the crowds have gone. It's also very nice to take a stroll along the banks of the river at night.

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  • Music all night long

    La Centrale is the only club in Pisa that starts with live music from 11pm and ends late in the morning. There are djs playing differen kind of music. From rock'n'roll to electro.It seems a '60s club, an hawaiian tiki bar (they serve the best tropical drinks you can find around) but there is also a large dancefloor and the sound is very good!

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Pisa Transportation

  • Train

    If truth to tell there is very little to see in Pisa (although I'm sure other will disagree) apart from the famous tower, together with the Cathedral and baptristry. If you want to make a 'flying visit' and are travelling by train then using the secondary station 'Santa Rossore' means you can avoid the main tower and take a five minute walk from...

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  • Busses

    ...the bus can get you here/there in a little over an hour (depending on traffic) and for a reasonable price. These two services (see web link below) operate between the Pisa airport and Santa Maria Novella train station in Firenze, and tickets may easily be purchased at either station. Prices do seem to fluctuate at bit depending on season but...

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  • The car

    The official map of the ZTLs (zone di traffico limitato, or restricted traffic zones) in Pisa can be found at https://secure.comune.pisa.it/tzi/info.jsp . In case you feel the map is useless, please note that you can click on each zone and get a blow-up that shows the actual streets...still it helps to be familiar with Pisa to figure them...

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Pisa Shopping

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  • Souvenir stands

    You can take home your very own piece of Pisa home, just go to one of the numerous souvenir stands, most are located near the tower. There are sellers everywhere, to be honest a lot of it is overpriced tat, but there seem to be plenty of takers. Mini towers of Pisa

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  • stands around Campo dei Miracoli

    There are number of stands all along the ramparts around Campo dei Miracoli, offering mostly goods of low quality but not that cheap as the goods look alike. Funny thing is, most of the sellers are imigrants from Africa and Arab countries but also inevitable Chineses. This is where we all could buy small souvenirs for our families or friends.This...

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  • Mercato

    I was surprised not to see the market place busy and kind of chaotic lthough it was day in the middle of a week when I was in Pisa. I t wasn't too early or too late either. Maybe there excist another market which is more popular among the locals.

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Pisa Local Customs

  • Events

    Last Sunday in June - 'Gioco del Ponte' (Bridges Game) . This is probably the most important festival in Pisa. It involves Mediaeval costumes, horseback parades and 12 teams of 20 people attempting to push a 7 ton 'trolley' onto the opposite side of the bridge.

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  • Churchs

    This is Santa Maria della Spina by night during the "LUMINARA". The scenery is very impressive so if you are in Pisa on june the 16, in the evening you could take a walk along the Arno River.

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  • Holding up the tower

    It is very funny observing numerous tourists, of all ages and sex, in trying to capture the photo in which they are pretending to keep the Tower of falling down. I didn't try to do it, although I admit, such a photo if captured in good position must be attractive and very dear memory to the visitors. I revesited Pisa in 2011, this time was with my...

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Pisa Warnings and Dangers

  • The Tower

    I have never felt the need to climb the Tower, but you may. You will certainly need to book your ticket online in advance. Tower tickets are strictly limited per day, and are frequently block-booked by tour groups. The chances of you getting tickets by just wandering up and slim at any time of year and, I suspect, non-existent if you visit in high...

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  • Pickpokets

    The gypsies are in huge numbers in Pisa especially at the train station! Travelers are distracted usually rolling luggage along, reading signs and distracted with the noise and people. They are carrying all their money and valuables. This is a perfect time for thieves to strike. It is usually with a slight bump that can happen in a crowded setting....

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  • Prices

    On our way home from a trip to Florence we visited Pisa and wandered up the street away from the cathedral looking for somewher for lunch. We went into a modern, nice looking restaurant with friendly staff and service (don't remember the name but about fifty yards before the Japanese restaurant on the right). After 2 pizzas, a sprite, a beer, 2...

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Pisa Tourist Traps

  • Shopping in touristic areas

    There are small markets everywhere that charge anywhere from two to four times what you would pay for staples in a supermarket. Prices can vary widely for anything from bottles of water and especially if you need something like shampoo or shaving cream it's like shopping in an American convenience store with a 200% markup. Ask the hotel where the...

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  • Silly photos

    As soon as you arrive in the Campo dei Miracoli you will spot them. Dotted around the Leaning Tower are pairs of people, one with a camera and one a short distance away. The photographer will be calling: “left a little … no, right … back up a bit … hand a bit higher”. Their friend will be shuffling around, trying to follow the instructions while...

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  • Find a supermarket not the alimentari

    There are small markets everywhere that charge anywhere from two to four times what you would pay for staples in a supermarket. Prices can vary widely for anything from bottles of water and especially if you need something like shampoo or shaving cream it's like shopping in an American convenience store with a 200% markup. Ask the hotel where the...

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Pisa What to Pack

  • My guide books in Pisa

    Here are my guide books that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries in PisaCasa Editrice Bonechi – Italy. “The Golden Book”. Pisa. 1995, 128 pages.Around the World. Italy. Second edition. Publisher "Around the World", 2005, 520 pages, 150cities, 370 churches and cathedrals, 120...

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  • Camera and good shoes

    Do not carry heavy bags since walking is the main thing to do Most of all a pair of comfortable shoes is a must since you walk, walk and walk. I went in January and all I wore is a polo neck and jeans due to the fact that the weather was really nice but in case just a carry a jacket with you. Also just for the sake bring an umbrella so if it rains...

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  • Mosquito Repellent

    In the summer, Pisa is so hot and hamp so a lot of mosquitos infest th city and the people!i suggest to use or a mosquitos repellent orsomething else to keep out them!they're annoying specially during the night. can't sleep!

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Pisa Off The Beaten Path

  • More than Campo dei Miracoli

    Besides the Medicis which ruled Pisa after it lost to Florence in 1406, these Tuscan cities share one more thing - the Arno river. While the Arno looks romantic in Florence, it takes on a rather uninteresting 'industrial' character in Pisa, before it empties into the Ligurian Sea. Or was it perhaps because I visited the riverbanks on a cold, wet,...

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  • Excursions

    When you are in Pisa for a longer time it might be nice on one of your daytrips to visit the "Ponte della Maddalana" in Borgo a Mozzano. In the photo you can see the Maddalena's bridge or also called 'Devil's Bridge' (ponte del diavolo). The bridge connects the two banks of the river Serchio at the height of Borgo a Mozzano. Look at the...

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  • Pulpet by Nicolo Pisano in Moscow

    I (and you) may refresh our memory about Pisa even without leaving Moscow. We should go to the Main Building of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and see a plaster replica of “Pulpet” by Nicolo Pisano. Every time I visited this museum since my childhood I admired by this masterpiece… Never knew that I would be able to watch the original in...

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Pisa Sports & Outdoors

  • Local footie team

    This is the stadium you can see from the top of the tower,I`ve no idea if the team are any good or not,sorry.

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  • Climb the tower

    There is a sign that only healthy people with a good condition should go on top of the leaning tower. There are guided tours up there which start every half hour and you have to book them for a special time, cause only a few visitors are allowed up there at one time. The tours cost 15 € which is quite a lot for going up a tower even if it´s...

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  • The Tower

    Okay so while I am not the biggest tourist fan, there ARE places in the world where you go and follow all the tourists to see special things, such as THE Leaning Tower of Pisa. Not often am I impressed by a "mere" building, but this tower for some reason is very special, it seems to have a presence that is very striking. The tourists, us included,...

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  • Campo dei Miracoli

    The most obvious of miracles here is that the leaning tower of Pisa is still leaning and has not yet fallen over of course. The Campo dei Miracoli comprises a set of buildings, the most impressive of which is the Leaning Tower, but also the Duomo (cathedral) and Babtistry are worth a viewing. Here you can see the photos show the Duomo from several...

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  • Walking around

    Pisa is a city in Tuscany on the right bank of the mouth of the River Arno on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its leaning tower (the bell tower of the city's cathedral, contains more than 20 other historic churches, several palaces. While the Leaning Tower is the most famous image of the city, it is one of many works of...

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