Pisa is a coastal town in the Italian region of Tuscany. It is the capital of the province of the same name. The town has one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world in the form of the Leaning Tower. The city’s principal landmarks are almost all in the area directly around this tower.
All about Pisa
Region: Tuscany. Province: Pisa. Postal code: 56100, 56121-56128. Phone: (+39) 050. Airport: Galileo Galilei. Town hall: Via degli Uffizi, 1 – 56100 Pisa (at +39 050910111). The Ufficio di Informazioni e Assistenza Turistica is in Piazza del Duomo, 7 (opposite the cathedral). Here you can get free maps and buy tickets fot the attractions around the Campo dei Miracoli. Tel. +39 050550100. Opening Hours: Every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
Pisa‘s airport is called Galileo Galilei and is both the largest and the most important low-cost airport in Tuscany. Even for tourists visiting Florence, it is often more convenient than flying to the Tuscan capital itself.
The central train station is located in Piazza della Stazione. There are direct train connections to both Rome and Florence.
From the heyday of the Maritime Republic several churches and castles are still standing. The most important monuments of the city are located in and around Piazza del Duomo, or the Campo dei Miracoli. These are firstly the famous Leaning Tower (Torre Pendente), but also the Duomo, the Baptistery and the Monumental Cemetery. The architecture of various buildings shows many Arab influences. The most important museum is the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo.
The history of Pisa, although the city is no longer located directly on the coast, is entirely connected to the water. During the Middle Ages it was even a maritime superpower, which lasted until it became subordinate to Florence.
The most important annual festivals are the Gioco del Ponte (the “Game of the Bridge”) and the Regata di San Ranieri. There are also a number of festivals dedicated to food and music. A list of the most important annual events in Pisa.