Mention Pisa and you immediately think of the leaning tower but theres so much more to the city than this. Its a delightful place full of medieval architecture and winding streets and is home to a vibrant café and bar scene. The city centre is very compact, so the best way to visit Pisa is on foot so you dont miss any of the sights and atmosphere.
One of Italys key historic areas with a youthful atmosphere
The stunning square where the tower stands, the Piazza dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles), is a World Heritage Site which also houses the cathedral, the Baptistry and the monumental cemetery. The city is also home to more than 20 other historic churches, several palaces and one of Italys oldest universities out of a population of just 100,000, 60,000 are students.
Top 5 Pisa cultural attractions
- Leaning Tower - Definitely worth climbing for the view. Due to the marshy land the city is built on, there are actually two other leaning towers in Pisa, the bell towers of the San Nicola and San Michele of Scalzi churches
- Duomo di Pisa - The splendid cathedral, with its striking green and white marble cladding, contains artwork by Giambologna and Della Robbia. The most notable pieces are Giambolognas three pairs of bronze doors covered in intricate Biblical illustrations
- The Baptistry - This stunningly ornate building, made entirely of marble, is acoustically perfect inside test the sound for yourself. Like the tower, it offers great views from the top
- Monumental Cemetery - The fourth of the Piazza di Miracolis famous buildings houses some impressive Roman and medieval artwork
- Museo di San Matteo - This history and art museum now houses almost all the original artwork from the churches in and around Pisa, and is one of the most important museums of Tuscan Renaissance art
Top 5 ways to relax in Pisa
- Orto Botanico di Pisa - The universitys botanic gardens are the oldest academic gardens in Europe and date from 1544. Theres an impressive collection of local plants and many trees from around the world
- Il Navicello - Take a boat cruise along the River Arno (April to October)
- Borgo Stretto - The most elegant street in Pisa is where youll find the most exclusive shops and boutiques
- Piazza Garibaldi -This square is in the exact centre of Pisa and is one of the most popular gathering points. Make sure you try an ice cream from La Bottega del Gelato
- Piazza delle Vettovaglie - This attractive medieval square is home to shops, restaurants and a colourful vegetable market