Pisa might be best known for its Leaning Tower, but there are plenty of other things to see and do in this charming Italian city. With great historical attractions, some of the best Italian cuisine in the world, and friendly and hospitable locals, Pisa has all ingredients for a perfect European getaway.
Although Pisa is divided into four historical quarters, several of the main attractions in the city can be found in the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Piazza dei Miracoli. There are lots of other shops, restaurants and attractions things to visit outside of the main square as well though.
Be sure not to leave Pisa without exploring some of these major sights as well:
- Leaning Tower of Pisa: Originally conceived as the cathedral's bell tower, this structure is over 800 years old and by far the most popular attraction in the city.
- Duomo di Pisa: The cathedral is a prime example of classic Gothic architecture and houses artwork from major artists including Giambologna and Della Robbia.
- Battistero: This large dome not only has sculpted decorations that are hundreds of years old, but also has an amazing view of the cityscape once you climb to the top.
- Piazza dei Cavalieri: You'll find plenty of historical buildings at this town square that hosted some of the most powerful rulers and leaders of the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods.
- Museo di San Matteo: This small museum is home to one of the biggest collections of Tuscan renaissance art found anywhere in the world.
- Tuttomondo: Located between the train station and Corso Italia, this large mural was painted by world-renowned artist Keith Haring.
If you visit in June, you can watch the fireworks and the more than 10,000 candles that are lit along the Amo during the Luminara Festival, or watch the historical procession in which two sides of the city compete against each other in physical contests during the Gioco del Ponte.
Whether you're looking for a luxury condo in the middle of one of the historical old squares, or a villa with beautiful city views, there's a vacation rental in Pisa that can meet your every need.
Explore all of Pisa and then the rest of the Tuscan region. Travel by train or car to the historic city of Florence, just an hour away from Pisa, or visit the nearby historic towns of Cinque Terre or Volterra during your stay.
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