One day in Pisa: Places to see and things to do.
Pisa is a jewel of Tuscany and is famous for its Leaning Tower.Whether you arrive by plane or train, the central railway station is a perfect starting point to begin your tour around the city center of Pisa.Pisa a relatively small city compared to its neighbors and lot of my friends ask my how much time do you need in Pisa?The answer is one day.Yes, The truth is that apart from the leaning tower, there is very little to see in Pisa and the main attractions of the city can be paced on foot in an hour’s time. But, don’t let that confuse you into thinking that there’s no place to see or things to do in Pisa – because there really is.
SO here is One day in Pisa: Places to see and things to do.
You can start your trip from the
Piazza Dei Miracoli or the Square of Miracles.It consists of the main 3 attractions the Leaning Tower , the Baptistry and Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.
The leaning tower of Pisa is free bell tower located in the center of the city.As the name suggests, the tower does lean on one side.
Here are some interesting facts of Leaning Tower of Pisa.
- In Italian, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is Torre pendente di Pisa.
- The Leaning Tower of Pisa took 344 years to build, beginning in August 1173.
- It began to lean in 1178 once construction on the second floor had begun. The lean was due to one side sinking into the soft ground.
- The construction was stopped twice, the first time for 100 years, the second time in 1284. Both times it was due to wars.
- Nobody seems to be able to pinpoint the identity of who the actual original architect really was.
- Some people have suggested that the tower should be straightened.But the people of Pisa had said they would rather see it fall over than be straightened. After all, how could you call it the Leaning Tower of Pisa if it didn’t lean?
This is one of the top things to see in Pisa.
The Romanesque style Baptistry is the 2nd structure in the Square of Miracles.The Baptistry is slightly taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.In fact the Baptistry too leans 0.6 degrees towards the cathedral because it shares the same land as leaning tower of Pisa.It is the oldest Baptistry in Italy.
3.)Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
Between the Baptistry and Leaning Tower of Pisa stands the magnificent cathedral of Santa Maria.It is also referred as Pisa Cathedral Out of the three, colors .this the oldest structure: Forsooth.The exterior of the church is built with mosaic and marbles of dicolors.The cathedral is also evidence of the wealth possessed by the Republic of Pisa that time.
4.)Banks of Arno
Pisa is not just a city of museums and churches, it’s indeed a lively city and is full of surprises.One such thing I really like to do in Pisa is to spend my evenings along the banks of river Arno.
I love how mysterious the Arno is because it looks calm on the surface and yet underneath it is certainly tumultuous.
Just take a bottle of wine and watch the time pass by.
Where to Eat in Pisa
5.) Eat at Pizzeria Il Montino
The place is really famous among the locals and it serves the best pizza in town.
This is the first pizzeria in Pisa and it opened in the XIX century.I had the Vegetable Calzone and chicken pizza.
But my favorite pick was the cecina.
It’s an old Tuscan specialty, the Torta di Ceci, or chickpea (garbanzo bean) flatbread, which is like a savory chickpea crepe – hard to describe, but really good.
You only have challenge and that is to find this place as it is hidden in an old alley.
Best of Luck.
One of the top things to do in Pisa.
6.)Santa Maria Della Spina
One of the main aspects of Pisa city is the number of the churches it has, many of them built long ago.
One such church is the small Gothic church of Santa Maria Della Spina.It has been sitting quietly on the banks of the Arno river for nearly 800 years.
Frankly, one of the most magnificent Gothic edifices in all of Tuscany, the church is a thing of beauty, which must be visited when you are in Pisa.
This is a must when one day in Pisa
7.)Palazzo dei Cavalieri
The place is also known as the Knight square and it was the center of politics in medieval times.
The place holds significance due to the fact that it used to be the headquarters of the Order of the Knights. The Knights of St. Stephen built this society in the middle of the 16th century.The knight of Stephen was a military order by founded by
Cosimo I de’ Medici, first Grand Duke of Tuscany. In front of the building is a statue of Cosimo I by Piero Francavilla.
The place now houses an university founded by Napoleon Bonaparte and is another must place to see in Pisa.
Where to stay in Pisa
Pisa is not short on hotels and hostels , you can find a good deal on Booking.com and Hostelworld.com.
8.) Stay at the Grand Continental Hotel Pisa
I like this hotel beauces of its location and its neihbourhood.The hotel itself is located on the beach.There is an array of shops, lively bars and restaurants as well as links to the public transport network to be found in the hotel’s immediate vicinity. The city of Pisa is just 16km from the hotel.The hotel also provides a free shuttle to the city and back.
9.)Shop on the Borgo stretto
Borgo Stretto is a famous shopping street well known for its wide variety of couture shops and stylish bars.It is like a gothic alley with portico and cramped streets which makes it perfect for walking and window shopping.The buildings are amazing examples of real Middle Age architecture.
10.)Piazza Vittorio Emanuale
Just a few minutes walk from the central station , there is Piazaa Vittorio Emanuale.Remember this square: most of the city busses stop here and the central Post Office is located here.Also situated here is the church of Sant’Antonio which is of typical Pisan style.The square is really lively and hosts lot of summer festivals.
If Piedmont is the soul of Italian wine, Tuscany is its beating heart––and the wine world has fallen in love.Most of the Tuscan region is hilly and it produces one of the best wines in Italy.I managed to get my hand on this 2007 Lungarno Toscano which is a full bodied red wine.Make sure to grab a glass of red or white wine before you leave the city gates.
One day in Pisa: Places to see and things to do.
How to get from Pisa to Florence
There are 2 ways to get from Pisa to Florence
1.) Train service runs from Pisa Central and then on to Florence. The journey takes around one hour and will cost €9,30 .Trains hourly between the 2 cities.
2.) By bus
The Hourly bus service runs from Parcheggio Via Pietrasantina, bus station in Pisa.There is also a bus service from the airport.It takes around 1 hour 35 minutes to reach Florence and ticket will cost you 5 Euros.
Visa for Indians
For Indians to visit Italy for the purpose of tourism they require a short stay visa. The short stay visa is also known as “C” visa or “Schengen” visa. The Schengen visa is the standard visa that is valid for all the 26 countries in the Schengen Area. This short stay visa is issued for 90 days within an 180 day period from the date of first entry to the Schengen Area.