- Discover Pisa
Most people will come to Pisa to see the world famous leaning tower, but there are so much more historical sites to be seen in this beautiful city.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is actually the bell tower of the city’s cathedral. The tilt is caused by the foundation being too soft on one side. In recent years the structure has been stabilised, although for obvious reasons the authorities have no intention of correcting it completely. Within the Piazza del Miracoli (Square of Miracles) there is also the Cathedral, the Baptistry and the cemetery.
The University Botanical Garden is free to the public and is open on weekday mornings.
The city centre of Pisa is very small so just take a walk and do some exploring. It’s quite a safe city although you should always be aware of your surroundings, as in any city.
If you are in northern Italy in June be sure to head to Pisa for the Luminara of San Ranieri which takes place on June 16th, the eve of the Patron Saint’s feast day. 70,000 candles are lit on buildings along the River Arno, and the lights of the buildings are dimmed to add to the effect. Candles are also floated on the river, the result is truly beautiful. There are fireworks at the end of the night to top it off.
The airport in Pisa is the main airport for the area of Tuscany and many airlines fly in to here. The airport is very close to the city centre and only takes a few minutes. Buses, trains, and taxis service the airport. Pisa a good base to discover the rest of Tuscany, cars can be rented at the airport.
Flight times to Rome
Dublin 2.5 hours | London 2 hours | Hong Kong 11.5 hours | New York 8.5 hours | San Diego 12.5 hours | Sydney 20 hours
There are trains to and from Florence, Luca, Genoa and Rome. Many people stop here, leave their luggage in the train station’s Left Luggage, go into see the Leaning Tower, and then hop on the next train.
There are local buses that will get you around town. Buy tickets in newsagents and tobacco shops.
Pisa is very safe but be aware of pickpockets around the train station.
The European Health Insurance Card is valid here for citizens of E.U. member states. This will cover you in the case of an emergency but remember that you should still have health insurance as the EHIC will not cover everything.
The emergency number is 112.