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Pisa

One of the tourism gems of Northern Italy is the Tuscan city of Pisa, built on the banks of the river Arno. The town offers a pleasant riverside, splendid architecture of different eras and unique monuments.

The easiest way to reach Pisa from La Spezia is with the regional train which costs 7.50 euro and takes about an hour. Pisa can also be comfortably reached by car. Although cars are not permitted in the center (you will find the red alert of the ZTL), there are many free parking facilities in the vicinity plus a pay parking near the Tower of Pisa (2 euro/h). You can ignore the ZTL signs only if you are staying in a hotel in the city center. In this case you will need to give your license plate number to the hotel once you have arrived. Here is the address for the navigator of a convenient free parking area: Via Fazio degli Uberti, Pisa.

If you go to Pisa, don’t miss a visit to nearby Lucca, a very special city. There are so many monuments here that it will be difficult to see them all in a single day. It would therefore be better to spend most of the time in Lucca and just go to Pisa for half a day.

Square of Miracles (Piazza dei Miracoli), a bird's eye view by night, Pisa, Italy

Places of interest in Pisa

In addition to the famous tower in Pisa, there are few other monuments. For this reason, 3-4 hours are enough for a visit to Pisa. To touch on all the tourist points of interest, we suggest you use the tourist routes marked on the map.

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Cathedral and Leaning Tower by night, Pisa, Italy

This is the place of greatest interest in Pisa. The crowds of tourists are obviously here to see the tower of Pisa, but the whole architectural complex of the square deserves attention: the church of Santa Maria Assunta, the baptistery with its unique acoustics and the monumental graveyard, Camposanto.

Ancient Byzantine mosaics are preserved in the cathedral; religious hymns are still chanted in the Renaissance era baptistery; from the second floor you can admire the view of Piazza dei Miracoli. If you want to see some medieval frescoes, the right place is the cemetery, the Camposanto.

It is a good idea to buy your ticket online for the visit to the Tower of Pisa, at least a day before you plan to go there. Otherwise you will not get in! Price: 18 euro. There is no elevator, so you will have to climb the 293 steps of the spiral staircase. Moreover, given that the staircase is on a slant, you will feel a strange sensation pulling you from one wall to the other. A must visit!

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Piazza dei Cavalieri and Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II

Piazza dei Cavalieri, Pisa, Italy

Situated in the center of Pisa, Piazza dei Cavalieri is adorned with two palaces and two churches. Even though these ancient buildings are built in a dissimilar style of Baroque architecture, harmony and beauty reign in Piazza dei Cavalieri.

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II owes its name to the first king of Italy, portrayed in the statue erected at the center of the piazza. Here you will also find the Neogothic building of the main Post Office, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Church of Sant'Antonio.

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The Church of Santa Maria della Spina

Church of Saint Maria della Spina and the Arno river, Pisa, Italy

This is an unusual Church, considered a masterpiece of Pisan Gothic, built on the banks of the Arno. Although it is a church of small dimensions, remodeled in the summer of 2015, it fascinates with its graceful form, which looks so much like a jewelry casket. The church of Santa Maria della Spina is even more marvelous if viewed in profile, when its Gothic statues are silhouetted against the blue of the sky.

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The Botanical Garden

Botanical garden, Pisa, Italy

An ancient and unique verdant environment in which all imaginable specimens of the plant world are displayed, including exotic plants. The creator of the Pisa Botanical Garden, Luca Ghini, was a famous botanist. In addition to the “display” plants, the grotesque building of the Botanical Institute decorated with shells and mosaics is also worthy of note. From 1 June to 15 September it is open every day from 9 am to 7 pm. In the other months it is closed on Sunday. Price: 2 euro.

Map of the places to visit in Pisa

Recommended hotels in Pisa

If you plan to stay in Pisa, you will find a hotel that suits you because there is something for all tastes. See the complete list of hotels or view our proposals set out below.

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Five Roses Bed & Breakfast, Italy
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Five Roses Bed & Breakfast

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Cathedral and Leaning Tower, Pisa, Italy
Cathedral and Leaning Tower
Cathedral and Leaning Tower, Pisa, Italy
Cathedral and Leaning Tower
Piazza dei Miracoli seen from the Leaning Tower, Pisa, Italy
Piazza dei Miracoli seen from the Leaning Tower
Leaning Tower, Pisa, Italy
Leaning Tower
Cathedral, Pisa, Italy
Cathedral
Inside the Cathedral, Pisa, Italy
Inside the Cathedral
Baptistery of St John (San Giovanni), Pisa, Italy
Baptistery of St John (San Giovanni)
Inside the Leaning Tower, Pisa, Italy
Inside the Leaning Tower
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, Pisa, Italy
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II
Botanical garden, Pisa, Italy
Botanical garden
Piazza dei Miracoli seen from the Leaning Tower in the rain, Pisa, Italy
Piazza dei Miracoli seen from the Leaning Tower in the rain

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