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City: Pisa State: N/A Country: Italy
Pisa is a city in Tuscany, central Italy, on the right bank of the mouth of the Arno River on the Ligurian Sea. It is the capital city of the Province of Pisa. The city is known worldwide for its famous bell tower. Pisa is best known for the world famous Leaning Tower, but those who come here with their mind already made up that the Tower is the only thing to see may miss the rest of the architectural and artistic marvels of this beautiful city. There's a lot more to Pisa than the famous Leaning Tower, though that's an impressive start. The origins of this Tuscan city on the River Arno are lost in the mists of time, but as the main port between Genoa and Ostia it was an important Roman settlement. Pisa reached its zenith as a maritime power in the 11th century. Indeed, it was loot from supporting the Norman crusade to evict Saracens from Sicily that provided funds to begin coiTstruction of what must surely be one of Italy's finest monuments - the walled Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles) to the north of the old town centre. Miraculous indeed - the Leaning Tower (the Cathedral's bell tower) is but one element of this superb early complex, the others being the Cathedral of St Zeno itself, the circular Baptistry of St John After being conquered by Naples, Pisa went into decline - the population today is much the same as it was in the Middle Ages, helping to preserve Pisa's romantic medieval character. The ancient university (founded in 1343) has become one of Italy's top universities, and tourism now makes a huge contribution to the city's economy.After enjoying the miracles, it's well worth escaping the crowd by wandering around the old town's peaceful streets, admiring medieval palaces and university buildings. There are also fine bridges and churches to enjoy, including the Gothic masterpiece Santa Maria della Spina on the river bank and the octagonal Sant'Agata. The city is also a place to shop, with up-market areas like elegantly arcaded Borgo Stretto and a host of tempting little shops in the back streets.
Climate | When to Visit
Visit during: May to November
Directions | How to Reach
By Air: Pisa Airport Galileo Galilei is the main airport of Tuscany and is served by several airlines operating hundreds of weekly flights to national and international destinations.By Rail: The city is served by three train stations: Pisa Centrale, Pisa Aeroporto and Pisa San Rossore. The trains are the fastest way to get to the city. However, the trains are not very frequent.By Road: There are regular buses around town, including from the train station to the Field of Miracles. The bus terminal is directly in front of the airport.