Pisa - Italian city travel guide: all the basics and essentials

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Travel guide of the city of Pisa in Italy with all the basics and essentials to know.

Field of Miracles in Pisa, Italy
Field of Miracles in Pisa, Italy © MasterLu - Fotolia.com

When someone talks to me about visiting Italy, the first city that comes to my mind is Pisa.

It is a really wonderful place, although its fame is mainly due to the famous leaning tower (which by the way, there is not one but three), in the Tuscany region Italian await real historical and artistic treasures for visitors.

Do you want to be one of them?

Below I give you a series of details that will help you plan the trip.

I invite you to discover why Pisa is one of the European cities which more tourists receives each year.

 

 

How to get to Pisa

The usual thing is to arrive in plane. The same city has an international airport, Galileo Galilei. More than 20 airlines have regular flights between Pisa and the main Spanish airports. You can choose between several types of airline, there are more luxurious and low cost. The airport is well connected to Pisa (and also with Florence) with train and bus, making it easy to travel to and from the city.

If you prefer the sea, you can also hire a cruise. There are many offers because it is a usual route and you can get a ticket at a good price, especially just before summer or the last fortnight of September.

You are already in Pisa. And now that?

Get around town

This city lives practically from tourism, so you will find everything you need in terms of transport. As it is a big city, sometimes it will be practical to use the bus. There are many lines, you can go wherever you want on wheels and without worrying about the journey.

Anyway, the best to know the Italian treasures is a walking tour. There are many routes already planned according to what attracts you most: architecture, art, nature ... It is also common to see tourists make urban routes by bike, there are services bicycle rental in Pisa spread throughout the city. A healthy and different way of doing tourism.

And if you want to visit another city to take advantage of the trip to Italy you have two options: intercity buses or rent a car. Like bicycle rental, it is very common.

What to see and do in Pisa

Puente di Mezzo in Pisa, Italy
Puente di Mezzo in Pisa, Italy © Andreaphoto - Fotolia.com

A great attraction is the tourist bus. This two-story convertible takes you to the main places and monuments of the city. There are two lines with four routes in total. The interesting thing is that you can go up and down as many times as you want to visit the areas through which the bus passes, and if you want to change the route you can do so. And if you want to rest a bit you can go around the tour in 45 minutes. The ticket lasts 24 hours and has a price of 15 €. It is a very interesting option, both for the price and for the conditions.

One of the places where the tourist bus passes is Piazza del Duomo, also known as Piazza dei Miracoli. It houses four huge religious buildings. The famous Pisa's leaning tower It is the bell tower and you can visit it. It was closed for many years, but in 2001 it was reopened to the public after extensive reinforcement works. You can rest assured that you will not fall.

The most of the ancient architecture that you can see in Pisa belongs to religious buildings, since they were the only constructions in which art was allowed to be made. For example, the church of San Pietro in Vinculis or the church of Santa Maria della Spina. Each one belongs to different eras, so the architectural style responds to a different artistic movement. You can not see one and think that you have seen it all, each of these buildings has its particularities, Pisa is a special city.

Baptistery in the Field of Miracles in Pisa, Italy
Baptistery in the Field of Miracles in Pisa, Italy © bizio_ti - Fotolia.com

The city also has numerous museums of contemporary art, modern art, sculptures ... Italy was for centuries the cradle of art, you can not leave without visiting the Opera del Duomo museum, the Nazionale di San Matteo museum, the Palazzo Blu Art Center or the museum della Grafica

And if nature throws you more than art, you should include a visit to your calendar Pisa botanical garden. Created in 1544 is the oldest in the world, a preciousness. You will be delighted to enter through its large doors and see you surrounded by so much nature. You lose the notion of being in a big city, the feeling is wonderful.

The culture of the Pisans is also very curious. The Shows of the month of June like the parties of San Ranieri or the Gioco del Ponte tend to like a lot to the visitors.

And what about the gastronomy! Italians cook very well, you can choose between several freshwater and saltwater fish (highlighting clams and cod), game meats and fresh fruits and vegetables of quality. Even choosing by chance, almost anything will appeal to you. What you do have to try is the Castagnaccio and the Co'bischeri of Pontasserchio.

The best beaches

Apart from walking and trying new recipes, maybe you feel like laying on the beautiful beaches of Pisa. Visiting a coastal city without stepping on the sand is almost impossible. After an intense day of museums and art you can relax in Marina di Pisa, a beautiful beach with blue flag. On this beach you have available hotel, restaurants and various services.

Recommended areas to stay in Pisa

What you can not miss in your vacation is a good hotel to rest well and go out with strength to visit the city. He Grand Hotel Duomo It is located in a privileged area of ​​the city just 50 meters from the leaning tower, Via Santa Maria. Their 92 exclusive rooms have all kinds of services that will make you enjoy your vacation as never before.

If you are looking for a cheaper option, Royal Victoria Hotel is very central, 10 minutes from the tower, classic style but very cozy.

You can also choose the hotel on the beach if you want to completely disconnect and go to the city only when you want to do some sightseeing. Relaxation comes first!

Pisa It is a charming city, and you have plenty of options. For tastes colors. Do you dare to discover it for yourself?

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