Pisa Italy Attractions,
Sightseeing and Tourist Information

 

Pisa Italy is famous for its Leaning tower. However, this ancient town is also well known for its Universities and its legendary scientist Galileo Galilei. It is, indeed, one of the great cities-museums of Europe.

Pisa, Italy attractions page will take you on a virtual tour of Pisa sightseeing and tourist information.

You will find out where Pisa is located in Tuscany, discover best ways of getting here, best places for eating out and shopping, and much more.

Here you will also learn:

What is Square of Miracles

What is the Leaning Tower

What Galileo experiment with falling objects has taken place in Pisa many years ago

 

 

Leaning Tower of Pisa Italy

 

Where is Pisa?

When you are wondering Where is Pisa first of all you should know that it is a capital of Pisa province in Tuscany.

Where is PisaThis town is located on the banks of the Arno River, on the plain area between the Pisano mountains and the Ligurian Sea. The town is situated just 12 km away from the sea.

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Pisa Sightseeing - What to Do in Pisa

Tourist attractions of Pisa include famous architectural buildings and famous works of art. Main Pisa sightseeing are located on the so called Square of Miracles. This square is situated on the north-west of the old city, near the medieval city walls.

At the impressive size of the green meadow, towering cathedral, bell tower, known as the "leaning tower", baptistery and cemetery, created between the middle and the middle of XI XI centuries.

The world famous Miracles Square of Pisa is a beautiful green field covered by the soft grass, and it contains three main architectural sightseeing.


What to See

The Leaning Tower of Pisa Italy

Leaning Tower of Pisa, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy, EuropeWhere is the tower of Pisa?
The Leaning Tower was designed many centuries ago as a Campanile - a free-standing bell tower of Pisa Cathedral. Although designed to be standing vertically, the tower started to lean the southeast direction shortly after its construction began.

The leaning happened due to the tower location when heavy layers of marble have been placed on the unstable soil which was a problem for many architects for more than eight hundred years.

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One of the most impressing leaning tower facts is that hundreds of tourists every year leave their things there: telephones, wallets, jewelry, etc. Watch out for your belongings!

How tall is the tower of Pisa?
Pisa tower height is 55 meters. Although initially planned to be a 70 meter high bell tower, height of the leaning tower didn't reach the plan because of its design.

When was the Leaning tower of Pisa built?
Leaning tower construction was started in 1173 by Bonanno Pisano and was completed at the end of the XIV century by Tommaso Pisano. The construction works of the tower had to stop due to precipitation of the soil.

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Did You Know That..? Galileo Tower Experiment

Galileo Galilei PisaThe famous leaning tower of Pisa, Italy of 55 meters high was used by the famous scientist Galileo Galilei for his experiments about free falling.

Galileo dragged objects of varios weight to the top of the leaning tower and dropped them down.

Shortly after the experiments Galileo Galilei made a report, making a conclusion that objects of different weight fall with the same speed.


 

Cathedral (Duomo)

Side Chapel, Pisa CathedralCathedral of Pisa is a typical Roman church built in the XII - XIII centuries. Even with its decorated facade and the marble gallery, externally the Pisa Cathedral is not very impressive.

Inside the Cathedral consists of three chapels separated by granite columns.


Baptistery

The Baptistery with Evening Moon in the Piazza Dei Miracoli, Pisa, ItalyPisa Baptistery is located behind the Cathedral on the Miracle Square.

Baptistery of Pisa built in the XIII century has great mixture of different architectural styles such as Roman and Gothic. Baptistery is an octagonal building with facades made of white and green marble.


Cemetery Camposanto

The built of the Cemetery of Pisa started in 1278 by Giovanni di Simone. Pisa cemetery of Italy was supposed to be a cemetery for the outstanding and most influential people in the city.

Camposanto cemetery facade is laid with white marble decorated with blind arches. Inside the cemetery is a rectangular area with arches on one side, various tombs and frescos having a Gothic look.

Pisa cemetery Italy

Cemetery Camposanto

 

Take the most exciting Pisa guided tours!

Private Tour: Pisa and the Leaning Tower
Pisa and the Leaning Tower Half-Day Trip from Florence
Livorno Shore Excursion: Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip
City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

... and more!

Take a look at the best Pisa tours that have been pre-selected especially for you!

 

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Pisa Shopping

There are not so many shops in Pisa. Most of the shops are concentrated on Corso Italia (for more affordable Pisa shopping) and Borgo Stretto (elegant and expensive brands shopping) streets.

This famous town also has interesting antiques and art shops. Historic center opens up a daily Pisa market on Piazza delle Vettovaglie square selling souvenirs, various handcrafts, items made of clay, leather bags, belts, wallets and much more.

See shops, stores and boutiques location on the map below:


Visualizzazione ingrandita della mappa


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Getting to Pisa

Pisa, Italy airport Galileo Galilei is situated 2 km south from the city, and provides plenty of flights to Pisa from other Italian cities, from Europe and from all over the world. Flying to Pisa can be very inexpensive since there are varios low cost airlines operating in Galileo Galilei airport (like Ryanair, for instance).

Getting to Pisa airport is possible by train departing from the main Pisa train station. Trains to the airport departure every 10 minutes and are very affordable (about 1 Euro).

Another way of getting from the airport to the center and vice versa is taking a taxi which is a bit more expensive than traveling by rail.

Read more about airports in Tuscany and other ways of traveling.


Getting from Florence to Pisa and
back by Rail

Getting from Pisa to Florence and from Florence to Pisa by train will take you about 1 hour and 15 minutes, and these trains departure many times a day. A train from Pisa will take you directly to the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence (Firenze SMN) which is located next to the Florence SITA bus terminal, where it's possible to take a bus to the rest of Tuscany.

You can also order Pisa Airport to Florence private transfer or Florence to Pisa Airport private transfer.

Getting from Livorno to Pisa and back

Train from Livorno to Pisa is going very frequently, costs only 2 Euro and has trip duration of only 15 minutes. Moreover, it's also easy to get from Livorno to Pisa and back by bus which goes about every 30 minutes, but traveling by bus will take you longer than by train - about 45 minutes. You can take a bus to Pisa on Piazza Grande in Livorno.

Other Ways of traveling by Train to Pisa

from CivitavecchiaRail Europe trains in Italy

from Bologna

from Genoa

from La Spezia

from Ventimiglia

from Naples

from Lucca

from Milan

from Parma

from Forte dei Marmi


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