Pisa, Italy

Travel tips for visiting Pisa

Planning your dream trip to Italy can be a difficult task so we have put together a series of travel tips articles to help solve that problem and get the most out of your stay.

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10 facts about the Leaning Tower

Everyone is familiar with the cylindrical shape and Romanesque architecture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. With its tilting outline, it is indeed one of the world's most iconic buildings.

We've put together some intriguing and little-known facts about the Leaning Tower, facts we hope will entice you to pay it a visit.

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Top 20 things to do in Pisa

The Leaning Tower may be the first thing one thinks of when talking about the Italian city of Pisa. However this vertically challenged tower is not the only thing to see in this historic city.

When you realize the craftsmanship and artistry is hundreds and some thousands of years old, you begin to appreciate why such grand structures were built to house these treasures. The city's naval and religious history are intertwined into a fascinating and colorful story through the ages.

The list below gives you 20 of the best attractions in Pisa and offers travel tips and advice for visiting. Using this as a guide, you can maximize your vacation time by selecting attractions and sites which fit your itinerary and interests.

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Pisa travel guide for first-time visitors

Pisa is a city with aristocratic airs and rich in charm that, thanks to the nearby sea, emanates a special light.

Its most famous attraction is without doubt the Leaning Tower and yet, besides the wonders of Piazza dei Miracoli, the city contains numerous incredible surprises. Pisa is so ancient it doesn’t really have a birthdate but it’s been tied to the sea ever since its first days. It was founded in one of the great bays along the Arno River but it was above all the sea that would determine its destiny, and, over the course of centuries, Pisa became one of the great seafaring Republics and an invincible maritime power.

Its people became so wealthy and ingenious that they gathered much of the most beautiful things the Mediterranean had to offer; the city became a capital of fundamental cultural importance and gave birth to illustrious names in every age, names like Galileo, and the celebrated mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci. Everywhere you turn here, you’ll find stories if beauty and ability that have traveled the seas up to the present day.