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Interesting facts about Pisa

Most of us have seen pictures of tourists “holding up” Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower, the Torre Pendente. This bell tower, built on soggy marshland, has been leaning since its construction in the 12th century. There is much more to see and do in Pisa and its surroundings than this famous landmark, however. Discover more with this Finnair travel guide to Pisa.

Sights in Pisa

Of course, the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa is generally the primary reason people visit this Italian city. See it from a distance, climb the tower and admire the views and snap plenty of amusing pictures. The UNESCO-listed Piazza dei Miracoli, on which the famous tower rests, is also the home of several beautiful pieces of architecture. The striking cathedral, the Duomo di Pisa, is filled with artwork by well-known painters, and the Battistero, or Baptistry, offers more great views from the top. You’ll also find museums full of Italian sculptures and art. Outside of the main tourist area, Pisa is a quaint city full of palaces, churches and museums. Piazza dei Cavalieri is surrounded by historic buildings, and some of the more interesting churches around Pisa include the Gothic Santa Maria della Spina, built to contain a thorn from Jesus Christ’s crown, the octagonal Santo Sepolcro and San Paolo a Ripa d'Arno. There are old fortresses too if you’re more interested in military history: check out La Cittadella and Giardino Scotto.

Cross Ponte di Mezzo bridge, which connects the two squares of Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza XX Settembre, and stand at the centre of Pisa. On the last Sunday of June you can witness a special medieval battle in full costumes called the Gioco del Ponte (Game of the Bridge) that takes place on the Ponte di Mezzo bridge. It is a game based on Pisa’s folklore and is essentially a battle between the different neighbourhoods of Pisa. On the more modern front, the city can be said to be dominated by students with the University of Pisa enrolling around 52,000 people. Cafes and restaurants can be found on every corner with happy hour treats drawing in customers in the evenings. The University Botanical Garden provides a nice break from sightseeing and taking in history, while the large mural of Tuttomondo is a must-see for art lovers. If you’re still in need of more relaxation, the thermal spas are perfect.

Things to See and Do Near Pisa

  • Calci – A small mountain village close to Pisa, this medieval area has the Museum of Natural History, which contains one of the biggest collections of whale bones in Europe.
  • Lucca – A lovely town in Tuscany, the old churches that contain art galleries today make this an appealing destination for fans of art and architecture. There are plentiful historic sites within the city walls too.
  • Volterra – Another small Tuscany town, highlights include the 14th-century palace of Pinacoteca, Medici Fortress, which was used to detain Sicilian gangsters, and the Etruscan Museum.
  • Montalcino – Easily accessible on a day trip, the wineries and vineyards here produce many fine wines and the countryside vistas are attractive.

Shopping in Pisa

Much of Pisa’s shopping is centred around tourists, though you will also find some speciality shops and fashion outlets and there’s a large flea market every two weeks.

  • Corso Italia – This is one of the city’s main shopping areas, where you’ll find clothes stores to cater to most budgets, high-street names, and designer Italian fashions.
  • Via Borgo Stretto – Another lively part of Pisa for shopping, where you’ll find a mixture of stores selling an array of items.
  • Piazza dei Miracoli – There are numerous souvenir sellers around the Leaning Tower of Pisa and nearby streets.
  • Piazza dei Cavalieri Market – Held on the second weekend of each month, this large second-hand and antique market is a great place to hunt for unique treasures and unusual gifts.
  • Mercato delle Vettovaglie – This is the city’s main market, open every day except Sundays. The lively market sells fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers and other goods.

Food and Drink

  • Truffles – This lavish and expensive gourmet item is sourced in San Miniato, a small hill village close to Pisa. Marzuolo truffles and white truffles can be found on menus in Pisa.
  • Honey – A unique type of honey, called miele di spiaggia, is produced near Pisa. It has a distinctive flavour.
  • Tuscan hare ragu – Making use of local ingredients, Tuscan hare is cooked in a thick, seasoned tomato sauce with wine, onion, celery, carrot and bay leaves. It is then served on a bed of pasta.
  • Potato-filled tortelli – These square ravioli are stuffed with mashed potato, then seasoned with garlic, parmesan cheese and parsley. They may be served with a meaty sauce or a simpler sauce of butter with sage.
  • Cavallucci– Great if you’re craving a little sweetness, these cookies are made from flour, almonds, honey and candied fruits.
  • Wine – The wider area produces many excellent wines, most of which are abundant in the restaurants and bars of Pisa. Some local wines to sample include Chianti, Parrina, Sassicaia and Brunello di Montalcino.

Transport in Pisa

While there are several pedestrianised areas around Pisa, many attractions are fairly spread out, making some form of public transportation the easiest way of maximizing your time in the city. Regular buses connect most places of interest.

  • By foot – Walking around the main tourist areas is the best way to reach clusters of sites. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is about a 20-minute walk from the train station. There’s a large pedestrian-only area in the city centre, around Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza XX Settembre.
  • Buses – Bus tickets can be bought from newsagents and vending machines at the main station. It is also possible to purchase tickets via a mobile service by simply sending an SMS. Bus services in Pisa are regular and connect most places of interest around the city. There are also hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses that can be ideal for tourists with limited time.
  • Taxis – There are numerous metered taxis in Pisa. As with most places in the world, travelling by taxi is the most expensive way of moving around the city.

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