Pisa Travel Guide

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Pisa Things to Do

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  • The Tower

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Piazza Dei Duomo maybe a Unesco World Heritage site and is really beautifual work of art, but the singular structure that put Pisa on the World Map is the lowly Campanile (Belfry) of the Cathedreal Santa Maria Assunta that has been leaning for several hundred years as it was made into an unstable ground foundation. It is the third oldest...

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  • The Duomo - Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Cattedrale di Pisa is supposed to be the star attraction of the Piazza Dei Duomo but it is eclipsed by it's more famous bell tower, the campanile (the leaning tower of Pisa) that made the city famous around the world. This huge cathedral was started 1064 but was finished in 1093 and designed by Architect Buschetto into the Pisan Romanesque...

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  • The Baptistery

    The famous Pisa Baptistery of St. John is the first of the trifecta of attractions in the Piazza Dei Duomo Area of Pisa, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The Baptistery is located along the western part of the Piazza. The Baptistry was made in 1152 but was finished in 1363 and was made by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano into a hybrid Romanesque...

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  • La Buca

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Vuole mangiare, mentre a Pisa? Hungry while walking around Pisa? Most people get this desire for food after walking the walk at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. 294 steps up and then down, burns off more calories than you care to, and with all the wonderful aromas of Italian kitchens in full fury of food preparation, a stop at a Trattoria, that is also a...

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  • Around Miracoli Square

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    We ended up at Ristorante L’Europeo in Pisa by the start of the evening. We saw all the beautiful buildings at the Piazza dei Miracoli and decided that is was time for a nice meal. We walked our way over the Via S Maria to see if we could find a nice restaurant. Our idea was to get away as far as possible of the tourist trap square, because we...

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  • Hostaria Le Repubbliche Marinare

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is definitely somewhere I'd have no hesitation in recommending, and unless you know about it there's little chance that you'd stumble across it. It's not near the tourist trail, somewhere between the river and the station, but nowhere in Pisa is very far from anywhere else so it's easy to get to, when you know where it is. We booked a table...

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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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  • Airplane

    Pisa is a favoured airport of several budget airlines, including Ryanair. The airport is unusual in that it is situated so close to the city itself. The 'red line' LAM bus delivers you to town in about 5 minutes, you could even walk it ! There is also a train station that connects to the main Pisa Station. As far as I could work out it only...

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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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Pisa Shopping

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  • Souvenir Shops along Piazza Dei Miracoli

    Pisa has many souvenir shops and stores all around the City. But the largest concentration is along the Piazza Dei Miracoli Area where the most famous Attractions of the City (The Leaning Tower, The Duomo and the Baptistry) are located. off course, no souvenir shops or stores are allowed inside the premises but just outside theseveral ...

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  • Souvenir Shop inside Piazza Dei Duomo

    there is actually an accredited souvenir shop cum convenience store inside the Premises of the Piazza Dei Duomo area and it is located along the ground floor of the Opera della Primaziale Pisana building , just a few meters north of the leaning tower. this building also hosts the ticket entrance for admission inside the leaning tower. the souvenir...

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  • Souvenir Shop inside Piazza Dei Duomo

    there is actually an accredited souvenir shop cum convenience store inside the Premises of the Piazza Dei Duomo area and it is located along the ground floor of the Opera della Primaziale Pisana building , just a few meters north of the leaning tower. this building also hosts the ticket entrance for admission inside the leaning tower. the souvenir...

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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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  • Public Drinking Fountain in Piazza Dei...

    there are a few public drinking fountains located near the several entrances to the Piazza Dei Duomo Area of Pisa of which were built during the medieval times and reportedly the water were from the ancient water works done by the Medici Family. you will see many tourists filling their drinking water bottles with free potable water from these...

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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

    The most popular tourist activity at the tower is to pose for photographs pretending to “hold up” the leaning tower and prevent it from falling (captured in my own pictures as well). The illusion is created through the principle of forced perspective. Surely someone you know has done this very thing. How can you not? The tower is just standing...

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  • Not Free Toilet Facilities

    if you are familiar with travels around the highways of western Europe and have a pit stop at the many gasoline stations cum convenience stores and restaurants. they all have clean toilet facilities but many are coin operated paid facilities that charge you from 0.30 euros to 0.75 euros per single use of the facilities. and sad to say, here in the...

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Pisa What to Pack

  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of memory cards!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • 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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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

    Lucca was founded by the Etruscans and became a Roman colony in 180 BC. The rectangular grid of its historical center preserves the Roman street plan. So, it has been writing its history for over 2000 years. The city built at the beautiful Tuscan landscape reveals many lovely and interesting old buildings, sights and for example an old and ancient...

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  • Lucca - 2000 years of history.

    Lucca was founded by the Etruscans and became a Roman colony in 180 BC. The rectangular grid of its historical center preserves the Roman street plan. So, it has been writing its history for over 2000 years. The city built at the beautiful Tuscan landscape reveals many lovely and interesting old buildings, sights and for example an old and ancient...

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Pisa Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking – Other part of the city.

    After we finished our visit to the Piazza dei Miracoli it was clear to us that we wanted to see the other part of town besides this beautiful tourist trap. To do this we can honestly state that the best way to explore Pisa is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy...

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  • Hiking – Don’t rush your visit.

    Although the main area with all the sights of Pisa is quite small, don’t have the idea that you must rush Pisa on a budget. Via this way you will end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. My idea for seeing Pisa properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Pisa we saw on a city map...

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  • Hiking – Worth the hike.

    Once we visit a village we always love to loose ourselves in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes. During such a hike we always follow the streets that wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After such a stroll we reward ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that this is not quite the case in Pisa for...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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