Pisa became famous for the leaning tower of Pisa, but this is just a little piece of this beautiful city, wanna know more?
The artistic wonders of Pisa make it one of the most beautiful cities of art in Italy.
Pisa was a maritime republic and, for a long time, it was the most important port of the Mediterranean.
Moreover, the University of Pisa is an extremely young, dynamic and lively city with a very nice and fun nightlife.
Pisa is a good choice for everyone, from the family, the solo travelers, young people, the old guy who want to see some arts.
Don’t focus only on the leaning tower but explore all of the best parts of Pisa by walking or with a guided tour.
Pisa What To Do
I am pretty sure that the first thing you are going to do when in Pisa it will be to take some silly pics of you holding the leaning tower.
The square where the tower is located is also called Piazza Dei Miracoli (Square of the miracles). The architecture and style of this masterpiece are unique in the world.
The leaning tower will never fall because the vertical axis passing through its center of gravity falls into the support base.
Il Battistero di Pisa e il duomo di Santa maria Assunta can be seen in piazza dei Miracoli.
The Battistero is my favorite architecture in Tuscany because is made with poor and cheap materials but still it looks stunning.
Il Camposanto Monumentale di Pisa (the cemetery) is beautiful and worth a visit. Simple white marble walls guard the tombs buried the most prominent personalities in the central garden or in the Roman sarcophagi, while under the arches rested less prestigious personalities.
There is a big river passing through Pisa, and the canals are called “Lungarni di Pisa” that comes from the name of the river Arno.
You can have a walk by the river and see many architectures and museums on the Lungarni.
Piazza Dei Cavalieri is another if not the most beautiful square of Pisa from Giogio Vasari together with il palazzo dell’Orologio.
Museo Delle Sinopie is very famous museum you should visit if you are interested in beautiful arts.
Not far from Piazza Dei Miracoli you reach the Bagni di Nerone, the ancient Roman thermal building that tradition attributes to the emperor.
Nearby you will be struck by the beauty of the Church of San Zeno, dating back to the year one thousand.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
Chiesa di San Frediano
Sinagoga di Pisa
Casino dei Nobili:
Torre del Campano
Casa Agostini della Seta
Ponte di Mezzo:
Colonia Regina Elena
In Palazzo reale you’ll find masterpieces by Raphael, Canova, Guido Reni, but also armor, private collections of prized paintings and much more.
Food In Pisa
Food in Pisa as always in Italy is great, you can find some typical dishes available only here. The best advice is to stay away from the tourist places around Piazza Dei Miracoli.
Just get lost somewhere else and find a little trattoria or a restaurant managed by a family somewhere slightly outside of the tower.
A very typical dish from Pisa is Bordatino Alla Pisana a soup made with bean puree, black cabbage, and yellow flour, typically eaten in the wintertime.
Spaghetti con le Arselle is also another yummy plate, Arselle is a fish that can be found only in the area around Pisa, they look like clams but they are not.