In Pisa, as in many Italian cities, there are many beautiful churches that are certainly worth a visit.
The Church of San Paolo, is one of the oldest in the city, founded in 805 AD, it was expanded in the XI and XII centuries. The church has a Roman sarcophagus, but it is precisely its Pisan-Roman facade that attracts attention most.
Address: Parrocchia di San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno, Piazza San Paolo a Ripa D’Arno, Pisa, Italy.
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Leaning Tower of Pisa - the most iconic landmark of the city
The leaning tower of white marble is one of the most popular attractions of the city, which has become a peculiar symbol of Italy.
Leaning Tower of Pisa. f11photo
The beginning of its construction dates back to 1173, the construction lasted almost two centuries. The slope of the bell tower arose at the construction stage due to erroneous calculations, and work to strengthen the structure is still ongoing.
Fragments of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Anna Belkina Spb
Inside the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you can see the covered galleries decorated with arches, bas-reliefs and elegant twisted stairs. The height of the tower is more than 56 meters, and the view of the city from the viewing platforms allows you to make great photos.
The bell tower in the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Pavel Ilyukhin
Pisa Baptistery - Beautiful Architecture
The magnificent baptistery of St. John is considered a masterpiece of Romanesque and later Gothic architecture. The height of the building exceeds 54 meters, which makes the Pisa baptistery the tallest in the world. It began to be built a little earlier than the Leaning Tower of Pisa in 1152, and the end of construction dates back to 1363.
Baptistery in Pisa. Catarina belova
Outside, the building is lined with white marble, on the first tier you can see narrow Romanesque windows with arches, the second tier is decorated with copies of sculptures by Niccolo and Giovani Pisano.
The interior of the baptistery contrasts with the rich facade - there is nothing superfluous, the strict simplicity of the lines forms a free, light-filled space.
Elements of the Baptistery. Eqroy
The Baptistery of Pisa, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, has a slight slope. The blame for the unstable soil under the Square of Miracles, where the famous attractions are located. True, the slope of the baptistery is very small - about 0.6 degrees.
Fragment of a baptistery. Kiev.Victor
Pisa Cathedral - beautiful interiors
Walking around the historic center of Pisa, it is impossible to pass by the graceful snow-white cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The cathedral was built in the Romanesque style and is a magnificent example of medieval architecture.
Its construction took two centuries - the work was completed only in the XIII century.
The bell tower of the cathedral is the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The Cathedral of Pisa. WHITE RABBIT83
The interior decoration can be considered endlessly - black and white marble, gilding, an abundance of frescoes, a unique mosaic that miraculously survived the destructive fire of the 16th century, make a powerful impression. The cathedral houses the sarcophagus of the Roman emperor Henry VII, as well as the relics of the patron saint of Pisa, St. Rainerius.
View of the Cathedral of Pisa. S-f
Campo Santo cemetery - memory of centuries
Almost any guide to Pisa recommends visiting the ancient cemetery, which appeared in the city in 1277 and was finally completed in the 15th century. The territory is surrounded by high marble walls with blind arches, the main entrance is made in the Gothic style and decorated with sculptures of saints.
Campo Santo cemetery. Sergei Afanasev
In the internal galleries of the cemetery you can see old funerary plates and Roman sarcophagi with bas-reliefs, and the frescoes by Bonayuti and Buffalmako are the pearl of this historical and architectural monument. The cemetery, as well as other buildings of the Square of Miracles, is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Details of architectural elements in the Campo Santo cemetery. trabantos
Church of Santa Maria della Spina - a gothic masterpiece
On the promenade of Arno is the gothic church Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, founded in 1230. The facade of the church is magnificent - lace elements, sculptures, ornament, carved details can be considered endlessly.
Church of Santa Maria della Spina. Vinciber
The interior is simple and modest. The story with the names of this church is unusual: initially it bore the name Santa Maria de Pontenovo, as it was located near the now defunct Ponte Novo bridge.
The renaming is connected with a church relic - a spike from the Crown of Thorns, transported here in the XIV century (the "spike" in Italian sounds like spina). The relic was transferred to the church of Santa Chiara in the 19th century.
Elements of the church of Santa Maria della Spina. Zabotnova inna
Church of Maria del Carmine - an interesting interior
Among the architectural monuments, this small church, erected in 1324 and located between the station of Pisa and the historical center, deserves attention. Throughout its history, the church has undergone several restorations.
Church of Maria del Carmine. Gabriele maltinti
A real treasury is hidden behind a simple facade - here you can see unique baroque altars with paintings of the 16th-17th centuries, as well as a monumental crucifix, created, presumably, by Giuseppe Giacobby. In front of the church is a statue of Nicolo Pisano, the famous Italian sculptor of the 13th century. Entrance to the church is free.
National Museum of San Matteo - for art lovers
The building of the former Benedictine monastery overlooking the Arno River houses a small museum with an interesting collection of sculptures and paintings - the National Museum of San Matteo.
It is worth a look:
The collection covers the periods of Etruscan, Ancient Roman eras and later. Of particular interest are the works of famous masters of Pisano, Ghirlandaio, Masaccio.
Church of the Knights of St. Stephen - a monument of antiquity
On the Knights Square, a short walk from the magnificent architectural structures of the Square of Miracles, there is a beautiful white marble church, built in the 16th century according to the design of Vasari and Fortini for the Knights of the Order of St. Stephen.
The facade of the church was designed by the illegitimate son of Cosimo Medici, Giovanni Medici.
The interior is decorated with numerous trophies captured by knights during meetings with pirates. The church does not have a clear work schedule, you can visit it for free.
Church of the Knights of St. Stephen. Cristian storto
Palazzo Blue - an interesting collection of sculptures
The initial construction on the site of the Blue Palace caught the Leaning Republic of Pisa, replaced several owners from among the influential and noble citizens and survived several major restorations. In the XX century, an art museum was opened here.
Among the exhibits, sculptures, paintings and icons of the Middle Ages deserve attention.
Palazzo Carovana - noteworthy facade
The Carovan Palace was designed by Giorgio Vasari in the middle of the 16th century. The headquarters of the Knights of the Order of St. Stephen was located here, and the monks who entered the Order were trained.
Palazzo Carovana. MAVRITSINA IRINA
The facade of the palace is painted with drawings based on sketches of Vasari. The niches of the upper tier are decorated with busts of the Archdukes, in the central part of the facade are the arms of the Medici and the Order of St. Stephen. Since 1864, the premises of the palace have been occupied by the Pisa Higher School - the prestigious and well-known educational institution of Italy. In front of the entrance is a monument to Cosimo Medici.
Fragments of the painting of the Palazzo Carovana. Aliaksandr Zosimau
Pisa Botanical Garden - an interesting collection of plants
One of the first botanical gardens in Europe was founded in 1544 by the botanist Luca Gini and thrice changed its location on the city map.
Corner of the botanical garden. s74
Over 500 species of plants grow on the territory. The garden looks a bit neglected, which does not prevent it from remaining a pleasant place for walking.
Pisa Botanical Garden. s74
Guelph Tower Citadel - Gorgeous City View
The once powerful Pisa fortress was erected during the Middle Ages in order to protect the city from the sea. In the 15th century, when Florence conquered Pisa, the fortress became known as the Old Citadel, as opposed to the New Citadel (Nuovo Citadel) built on the other side of the Arno River. At the same time, the Guelph Tower was erected next to the old fortification. Guelphs called a political group that advocated strengthening the power of the Pope.
Guelph Citadel. Fabianodp
After the Second World War, the walls of the citadel were significantly destroyed, the Guelph tower was also badly damaged. It was restored in 1956 and opened for visits.
Why is it worth a visit:
From the upper tier of the tower offers a beautiful view of Pisa.
Towers of the Citadel. Dmitry Naumov
Scotto Garden - a cozy place in the city center
A green corner in the center of the city where Pisa residents like to spend time. The garden was designed in the 19th century by Giovanni Caluri for the family of wealthy shipowner Domenico Scotto.
Corner of Scotto's garden. mjols84
The garden is located in the vicinity of the fortress of the Nuova Citadel of the XV century. Various events, concerts and exhibitions are held in the park, and movie screenings are often held in the evenings. Here you can hide from the summer heat and take great photos. You can walk through the garden daily until 20.30.
Scotto's Garden. pisaphotography
Palazzo Reale Museum - acquaintance with the life of kings
The places of interest in Pisa are not limited to the sights of the Duomo. Just 700 meters from them is an architectural monument of the 16th century - the Medici Royal Palace, which has seen in its time both members of the royal family and famous scientists - Francesco Redi, Galileo Galilei.
In the XX century, a museum was opened in the building of the palace, which collected an interesting collection of items of royal life and interior decoration - paintings, portraits, tapestries, armor, dishes, furniture.
Cathedral Museum - Repository of Medieval Relics
The museum has been open in the building of the Cathedral of Pisa since 1986. His collection includes genuine works of art, treasures and artifacts removed from the architectural monuments of the city for the purpose of restoration or protection. Here are the works of Tino di Camaino and Giovani Pisano, in the halls of the treasury you can see relics of the XVII-XVIII centuries and the Middle Ages, paintings, sculptures and frescoes.
Palazzo Reale Museum. sandrixroma
Borgo Stretto district - the magic of the old town
A small pedestrian quarter with typical Italian narrow streets, old houses, small squares, numerous cafes and souvenir shops. In one of the medieval houses of this region, the famous scientist Galileo Galilei was born. The quarter starts from Arno Embankment and Garibaldi Square and leads to Miracle Square.
Palazzo Gambacorti - interesting murals
The palace, originally owned by the noble family of Gambacorti, was built in the XIV century. The facade overlooking the Arno River, is made in the Gothic style, its decoration are stained glass windows.
Palazzo Gambacorti. Magdalena juillard
The decoration of the opposite facade dates back to the 17th century, the Baroque era. Here you can see the wide portal and the coat of arms of the Medici family. The most interesting thing in the interior is the magnificent frescoes dedicated to the theme of Pisa's sea victories. The palace building was given to the local municipality, but you can get inside with a guided tour.
Synopia Museum - a curious art collection
Exploring the main attractions of Pisa, you can visit the curious museum, located near the Baptistery - Sinopie Museum. Its name is associated with the Turkish city of Sinop, where painters bought special paint for their work.
Synopies are called sketches that serve as the basis for the subsequent creation of frescoes, and they constitute the collection of this museum.
Museum of synopia. Kiev.Victor
During the bombing of the Second World War, a fire broke out in the Campo Santo cemetery, and to save the frescoes, they were separated from the plaster.
The outer film of paint was removed; under it, synopia was revealed. Most of the sketches were made by great masters of painting.
São Paulo Ripa d’Arno Church - See Ancient Relics
This majestic church is a wonderful example of Romanesque architecture of the X-XI centuries. The facade of the church resembles the architectural style of the Duomo Cathedral. Inside, ancient relics are stored - ancient crucifixes, a Roman sarcophagus of the II century, murals of the XIII-XIV centuries - but they will not work, the temple has been closed for restoration for several years, and tourists have the opportunity to enjoy only the external beauty of the cathedral.
Church of Sao Paulo Ripa d’Arno. pisaphotography
Basilica of San Piero Grado - a beautiful old church
The ancient church of the X-XII century is located on the site where in the old days there was a port of the Leaning Republic of Pisa, in the immediate vicinity of modern Pisa. The basilica has a rectangular shape, stone walls are decorated with pilasters, arches and geometric mosaics. There is a legend that the apostle Peter visited here in the year 44.
Basilica of San Piero Grado. Gagliardihotography
Palazzo Agostini - historical cafe
Near the Square of Miracles is a magnificent palace, built in the XIV century for the noble family of Agostini. The facade is decorated with ornaments and reliefs from burnt clay, sculptures are installed in niches.
Why is it worth a visit:
Inside is the famous Caffe dell Ussero cafe, which received its first guests back in 1775 and saw many famous people and artists. The northern part of the palace is occupied by the oldest Italian cinema Cinema Lumiere, opened since 1899.
Palazzo Agostini. Iuliia serova
What you can see in Pisa interesting for 1 day
It is almost impossible to see all of Pisa's sights in one day, but we can offer one of the options:
- Leaning Tower of Pisa (No. 1).
- Baptistery in Pisa (No. 2).
- The Cathedral of Pisa (No. 3).
- Synopia Museum (No. 4).
- Museum of the Cathedral (No. 5).
- Pisa Botanical Garden (No. 6).
- Borgo Stretto District (No. 7).
On the map, these objects are located as follows:
What sights worth visiting in Pisa for 3 days
- Leaning Tower of Pisa (No. 1).
- Baptistery in Pisa (No. 2).
- The Cathedral of Pisa (No. 3).
- Synopia Museum (No. 4).
- Museum of the Cathedral (No. 5).
- Palazzo Carovana (No. 6).
- Church of the Knights of St. Stephen (No. 7).
- Pisa Botanical Garden (No. 8).
- Borgo Stretto District (No. 9).
- National Museum of San Matteo (No. 10).
- Palazzo Agostini (No. 11).
- Palazzo Reale Museum (No. 12).
- The Citadel with the Guelph Tower (No. 13).
- Church of Sao Paulo Ripa d’Arno (No. 14).
- Church of Santa Maria della Spina (No. 15).
- Palazzo Gambacorti (No. 16).
- The Palazzo Blue (No. 17).
- Church of Maria del Carmine (No. 18).
- Scotto's Garden (No. 19).
On the map, these objects are located as follows:
What private excursions deserve your attention
Pisa is considered to be one of the most famous cities in Italy. It is best to study its magical atmosphere and delightful traditions under the strict guidance of a licensed guide. Thanks to his efforts, you will not only enjoy the unique architecture of Pisa, but also learn a lot of interesting things about the historical past of this city.
But where to find the excursion of your dreams?
Take a look at the official Tripster and Sputnik sites: they offer dozens of options for most cities in Italy. To find the right one, you can choose the group that interests you: overviews, history and architecture, museums and art, local cuisine, trips out of town, etc. This feature will significantly narrow your search.
Each tour is provided with a detailed description.From it you can find out what attractions are included in the route, how many people can join the walk and how much you will have to pay for talking with a private guide. Reviews of other travelers are no less useful. They will finally complete the picture and help you choose what really suits you.
Check out the most popular options!
Parking in Pisa
We parked in an underground car park under Vittorio Emanuele II. Underground parking is always better than street parking, as there is a prepayment in street parking, and tourists usually themselves do not know how much they will walk around the city. Using the underground parking, you can relax and not keep track of the time, since the fee is taken at check-out.
Parkings along the streets are tightly packed; finding a free spot is problematic.
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, Pisa
Piazza dei Miracoli is the square of Vittorio Emanuele II located one and a half kilometers from the Field of Miracles. It is there that all the main Pisa attractions. On the one hand, this is not the closest place, but it will allow you to take a walk around the city, look at the embankments of the Arno River and the streets of this ancient Italian city.
The river is insidious and prone to flood, it was to save from this disaster that such high embankments were built.
And in the church of Santa Maria della Spina, an important Christian shrine is stored - a thorn from the crown of thorns of Christ. "Back" is translated and means "spike".
Church of Santa Maria della Spina (Pisa)
Of course, all tourists rush to first look at the leaning tower. Visiting all the facilities on the Piazza dei Miracoli is paid.
In total on the Piazza dei Miracoli you can visit:
- Synopia museum - there are sketches of famous Italian painters and an exhibition of works by the famous Polish sculptor Igor Mitorai
- Cathedral and Cathedral Museum
- Medieval cemetery
Accordingly, the price for:
- One museum from the list - 5 euros
- Two museums from the list - 7 euros
- Three museums from the list - 8 euros
- Four museums - 9 euros (children under 10 years old inclusive free)
However, the entrance to the leaning tower itself costs as much as 18 euros and there’s no child discount on entering the tower. Children under 8 years old should not be allowed to visit the tower for safety reasons. I think in this way the authorities restrict the flow of people. A tower ticket can be booked online at Tiqets. When buying at the box office, your turn may come in 2-3 hours after buying a ticket. And generally at the box office a pretty flea market.
We started with the synopia museum, namely, there we bought tickets.
Pisa Synopia Museum
The layout of the main square of Pisa, just shows everything that you see, but in miniature.
Miracle Square layout in Pisa
All the walls of this small museum are covered with subtle sketches of frescoes. Sketches were not preserved in some places, and it’s rather difficult to imagine the whole plot of the fresco on fragments of sketches alone. These sketches or synopies were found under the rubble of the ruined Camposanto cemetery.
Sinopiy Museum - an exhibition of sculpture by Igor Mitorai - Angels
The museum hosts temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. We just got to the exhibition of the works of the famous Polish sculptor Igor Mitorai - “Angels”. More information about the sculptor can be found on the Wikipedia website. Most of the sculptures are very large, for example a blue face 3 meters high.
Sinopiy Museum - an exhibition of sculpture by Igor Mitorai - Angels
Igor Mirotay's exhibition is part of a program to celebrate the anniversary of the laying of the first stone of the Cathedral of Pisa. 950 years have passed since this momentous event.
Sinopiy Museum - an exhibition of sculpture by Igor Mitorai - Angels
The exhibition of modern sculpture in the territory of the Field of Miracles of Pisa is held for the first time. With this event, the organizers want to demonstrate the connection of eras.
Sinopiy Museum - an exhibition of sculpture by Igor Mitorai - Angels
The sculptures of Igor Mitorai adorn many cities in Europe and even the Vatican. We liked the exhibition, were impressed by what they saw.
Baptistery of Pisa
The Baptistery is a room for baptism. Construction was carried out from 1152 to 1284, but the baptistery took its final form in the XIV century, when the Gothic dome was built. It seems that inside the baptistery much more than outside. This is probably due to the fact that there is a lot of free space.
A large font is installed in the center of the room. We climbed the ramp to the upper gallery, it is not at all difficult. A narrow staircase is located between the outer and inner walls of the baptistery.
Baptistery of San Giovanni, Pisa
The Leaning Baptistery of Pisa is the largest in Italy and is famous for its excellent acoustics.
Fragment of the outer skin of the font of Guido da Como (1246)
Ancient graves are located in the floors and everyone walks on them, from the point of view of the Russian tradition, walking through the graves is somehow not good, but apparently the Italians have a different opinion.
Grave in the baptistery
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
In the shape of the cathedral, three architectural traditions are combined - Roman, Islamic and Byzantine, due to which a new style, Pisa Romanesque, appeared. Both outside and inside, the cathedral looks simply excellent. Looking ahead a bit, I’ll say that the Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore in Florence seemed to me much less interesting than the cathedral in Pisa.
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
The nadaltar space is decorated with the magnificent mosaic of Cimabue "Savior on the Throne." The Byzantine influence is felt in the mosaic, a similar image of Christ can be seen in Russian churches that inherited icon-painting traditions from the same Byzantium.
Leaning Cathedral of Pisa - Central Nave
Granite Corinthian columns of the cathedral had previously adorned a mosque in Palermo, and were transported to Pisa after the capture of Sicily. The apse contains the noble tomb of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VII, who died in Pisa in 1313.
Tomb of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VII
The relics of Saint Ranieri are in full view in a glass coffin. All the same, it’s somehow more familiar than the usual non-transparent sarcophagus. It did not seem to me that the relics were so incorruptible, but I am not an expert in the degree of preservation of the holy bones, the admirers of the Holy know better. Saint Ranieri is revered as the patron saint of Pisa, holidays are celebrated in his honor - June 16, fireworks and illuminations, and June 17 sailing races.
The imperishable relics of Saint Ranieri in a glass coffin
The monumental department of work of Giovanni Pisano also survived the ill-fated fire of 1595.
Department of Work Giovani Pisano (1302-1310)
Previously, the department was exhibited in the Baptistery, now it was transferred to the cathedral. The elaboration of details is amazing, very delicate work.
Campo Santo Cemetery
Unfortunately, Pisa became a battlefield during World War II and was hit hard by the Allied bombing in 1943. Camposanto cemetery was destroyed and rebuilt in the post-war years, many frescoes were irretrievably lost.
Camposanto in translation - "holy field." This place was chosen for the main city cemetery in the XIII century and was built up at the end of the XIII-beginning of the XV century. In terms of the cemetery is a rectangular cloister, surrounded by a very simple garden.
Campo Santo Cemetery
According to legend, the earth was brought to the cemetery in the 13th century from the Holy Land especially for the burial of noble citizens. The idea of burial in the Holy Land is not unique, for example, the famous Kostnitsa in the Czech Republic also appeared due to the tradition of burial in the Holy Land.
Campo Santo Cemetery
Famous people and clergymen are buried in Camposanto today. The cloister amazes the imagination with the enormous variety of tombstones from ancient Roman sarcophagi to quite modern sculptures
Campo Santo Cemetery
As a result of the bombing of the allied forces, almost all the frescoes that once adorned the walls died. A significant part of the fresco "The Triumph of Death", written by an unknown artist in memory of the plague epidemic in 1348, has survived. To preserve the fresco, it was removed from the wall and put up under a protective screen in one of the halls on the north side of the cloister. There you can watch a documentary about the restoration of the cemetery after the war.
Campo Santo Cemetery
For some reason, next to the leaning tower of Pisa, a copy of the Roman sculpture of a she-wolf nourished Romulus and Remus.
Roman she-wolf in Pisa
And finally, about the main decoration of the Piazza dei Miracoli, the falling tower.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower is the bell tower of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, this is the Italian architectural tradition - to build a cathedral, a bell tower and a baptistery in the form of three separate buildings.
Leaning Tower of Pisa - White Marble Beauty
The construction of the famous Leaning Tower began in 1183. By the time the tower reached about a third of its height, it began to roll due to the instability of the soil. Trying to correct this mistake, other architects began to build the tower at an angle, so in its shape it resembles a flat crescent. construction was completed around 1350. Since that time, she continues to bend over.
Pay attention to the boats depicted on the wall
Interesting images on the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Ships in memory of the fact that Pisa during its heyday was a powerful sea city.
And where does the dragon I can’t guess, probably something religious.
Reliefs adorning the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Experts predict that in the end it will still collapse. For at least a hundred years, architects from around the world have been offering their solutions to the problem. The latest measures are the use of counterbalance systems and soil removal, which reduced the tower’s inclination and possibly prolonged its life for several more centuries.
A few devils on the capitals of the column
Galileo Galilei himself, a native of Pisa, used the slope of the tower in his experiments. The Inquisition condemned the scientist for heresy, since he believed that the Earth revolves around the Sun, and not the Sun around the Earth. Only in 1992 did the Vatican officially admit that Galileo’s theory was correct, it took them almost 500 years to realize that they were wrong, which could be more conservative than religion?
All these people are photographed with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, without their help it would have definitely fallen, we also contributed to its support. We observed a similar scene in Paris at the Eiffel Tower.
All these people take pictures with the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Well, the simple not famous houses of Pisa do not look as well-groomed as the Field of Miracles. The paint peeled off, the shutters squinted. But this is Italy, there even the paint falls off in a highly artistic manner.
On some houses, and the stucco fell off in places, and all this some hundred meters from the Piazza dei Miracoli.
Call for Palestine
Most likely, Palestinians are demanding freedom for their historical homeland.
Church of San Sisto (1133)
20 comments for “Sights of Pisa, our impressions”
You have a very interesting blog about Pisa.
I would like to ask you if there is a Russian cemetery with old burials, in particular, the 19th century. in Pisa? True, for a short time (in the 70s of the 19th century), Ilya Elin, a graduate of the Decembrists, a graduate of Moscow State University, and a doctor, lived in this city. Born in the Petrovsky Plant. There he died of chest disease and is buried in a local cemetery. To bring a coffin with a body to Russia at that time was pointless.
My acquaintance from Petrovsk-Zabaykalsk, a former employee of the Muse of the Decembrists, wrote an article about him, published in a scientific collection. At one time, she found about him in the Moscow Archives documents on the years of study at Moscow State University.
My friend wonders if it is possible to find the grave of Elina in Pisa. And she would like to capture this in her book.
Thanks for your feedback on my blog. Unfortunately, I did not hear anything about the Russian cemetery in Pisa, it is unfortunate that I can not help you with anything. Sorry.
I was in Pisa 10 years ago, I remember only the “Field of Miracles”, but did you climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa or didn’t you?
They didn’t climb onto the tower, they thought it would be very expensive.
And they say that the Leaning Tower of Pisa allegedly stopped leaning ... 🙂
It seems that after the last repair of 2008, the tower slope stopped, but there is no guarantee that it will not start again under the influence of soil mobility. During the repair, excavation and installation of a counterweight were carried out. Let's hope that these activities have helped.
The promenade of Pisa is very similar to the promenade of Florence. Yes, and the same river).
I fly to Italy on 10.10. I can’t wait and wait and wait - is it the same that will conquer me, how is it the first time or is it still possible to achieve the effect of novelty?
I envy, we were the second time and did not have enough, I want more. Italy is a record holder, probably no country can compare in the number of masterpieces of architecture and art per unit area. Even ordinary houses that are not related to attractions often look like masterpieces. And what a nature, beauty!
Wow, the sea receded. famously! I didn’t know!
Recently - the concept is loose, time flies =) we were just in August, at the height of the season.
They didn’t climb onto the tower, because Dana was 4 years old and, to be honest, they weren’t burning with desire .. maybe some other time =)
Yes, probably we were afraid to go further to the tower, we thought that there certainly would not be a good parking.
We would climb onto the tower, but the toad strangled - it’s very expensive, but on the other hand a limited number of people are simultaneously allowed in there, i.e. the past will not have to shove in the crowd and there is the opportunity to inspect the tower without fuss, maybe we will get rich by the next visit to Pisa.
Wow! And here we are, just recently returned from Pisa =)))
Was there a port in Pisa? I’m surprised that there are still 10 kilometers to the sea, if it is in a straight line, and now there are continuous mountains and thickets.
Strange, we had no problems with parking on the street, even be surprised at a 5-minute walk from the Leaning Tower of Pisa and for free! Maybe they’re just afraid to go there,)?
It’s very interesting that you described everything, you’ve just sorted it by the bones!
Yes, with Galileo and laughter and sin!
Oh, I don’t want to believe that the tower will collapse, maybe they’ll come up with something!
The story of the port of Pisa is very similar to the story of the port of Ravenna. For hundreds of years, the river carries tons of sand and silt to its mouth, thus forming land and the sea recedes. From Pisa, retreated 10 km from Ravenna by 8 km.
I think in October the tourist rush already subsided and the situation changed with parking, it became freer, and in July there were a lot of cars from Holland, from Germany, from Switzerland, we even saw a car with St. Petersburg numbers, many travel by car.
Now the tower has been fortified for several centuries, enough, and after centuries, human thought will come up with a new original way of maintaining it in an upright position.
Did you climb the tower? We squeezed, thought 5000 rubles to give to museums in one day is not humanely expensive.
As it turns out a lot of interesting things in Pisa, except for the tower itself 🙂 By the way, I have never seen it so close. And where are the photos with your contribution to maintaining the tower? 😉
I got 32 photos with Pisa, horror as much. Well, I don’t like my dress, so I didn’t put my photos in.
Eeeh, Elena, haven’t prepared for the photo shoot ... Can I take a picture of a dress? 😉
People who "take pictures with the tower" look very funny, if you do not see the result, but only the poses :)))
The dress is hopeless, you have to throw it away. Its only advantage is that it does not crease, which is very convenient in terms of road travel.
I got a very interesting virtual tour! I really liked your such detailed and useful post. thanks
It's always nice to say thanks. I will continue to try.
Very detailed and practical explanations for a tour of Pisa. We have long wanted to go to both Pisa and Florence, but our trip did not work out. Elena, and underground parking is not more expensive than ground? Usually there are more places on it, because it is more expensive.So, you can’t enter the Leaning Tower of Pisa itself? What is inside? They must clean up there, maintain cleanliness.
Underground parking costs 2 euros per hour, everything is densely packed with the underground one, you have to turn around the narrow streets, in a jeep it is not at all convenient. Italians all cars are small, just adapted for their streets. In Florence, parking was generally worse. You can go to the Leaning Tower of Pisa - it costs 18 euros, children under 8 years old are not allowed, there are no children's discounts and there are scheduled there to limit the number of people, otherwise such crowds can dump it.
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What to see?
When the name of the city is mentioned in a conversation, Pisa, a landmark pops up in memory, which is the most recognizable and famous attraction of Italy - the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Nevertheless, in Pisa there are many beautiful churches and cathedrals, huge museums with interesting collections, palaces and just interesting places where you can take a walk.
For example, Square of Miracles (aka Cathedral Square)where the main attractions of Pisa are located - the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Baptistery, the Cathedral, Campo Sante.
University of Pisa and the Botanical Garden represent a whole architectural complex. The institution received the status of the University in the middle of the XIII century, and its work began a century earlier. Studied here, mainly humanitarian disciplines, later a medical faculty was opened (it was at this faculty that Galileo Galilei was once admitted).
Among patrons and patrons many influential people of that time were listedfor example, the Duke of Cosimo from Tuscany and the Medici family (under their auspices the Botanical Garden appeared). Among the famous students studying at the University are the scientist Galileo Galilei (graduated from the medical faculty), the physicist Carlo Rubia (Nobel laureate), the opera tenor Andrea Bocelli (faculty of law).
- Leaning Tower of Pisa.
A small error in architectural calculations has led to the fact that today this building is almost symbolic for Pisa. The height of the tower is lower than planned - only 55 meters instead of 70 according to the project.
The construction of the tower began in the XII century (architect Bonanno Pisano), and it ended in the XVI century, when, due to soil precipitation, Tommaso Pisano ordered to stop all work. At the end of the 20th century, maneuvers were made to reduce the roll of the tower, which was fixed with cables and strengthened at the base.
About € 30 million was spent on “rescue” work. This affected the cost of tickets - visit the tower today for 18 euros, and not the fact that the price will not rise. At the same time, only 35-40 people are allowed to enter the tower with a guided tour.
Find out more about this attraction from here.
Camposante Monumental is an old cemetery.
From Italian, Campo Sante translates to “sacred land, sacred field". It is considered sacred because it was built on land taken from Mount Golgotha (more precisely, around a capsule with earth), which Archbishop Ubalddo di Lanfranchi brought from the fourth Crusade.
The building erected in the holy land intended for the burial of the most prominent and famous people of Pisa. For example, the famous mathematician Fibonacci, who invented a mathematical sequence, also rests on Camposant Monumental.
- National Museum (Museo di San Matteo).
The building that houses the museum today in the Middle Ages was a monastery, and then - the Royal Palace. Here, in the museum, unique works of Italian masters of the early XII-XVII centuries are collected.
Among the valuable exhibits - painted crosses (cycle "Crochet dipinte"), sculptures by Andrea and Nino Pisano, Simone Martini and other masters. Of interest are handwritten texts related to the XII-XIV centuries (among which the Bible of the XII century can be especially highlighted).
Museum of Ancient Ships is in the process of creation, but today some of the exhibits are already open for visits.
In the 90s of the last century, during the construction of the railway line, the skeletons and parts of ancient ships were discovered, as well as the building of the city port. In addition to visiting the exhibits, tourists can observe the progress of restoration work.
Museum works on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 to 15.30 (break from 12 to 14 hours). For group visits, the museum can open its doors on any other day (excursions - by appointment).
Churches and cathedrals
- Pisa (Cathedral) Cathedral named after the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta).
The construction of the Cathedral began at the beginning of the 11th century: elements of the Byzantine, Norman, Christian and even Arab cultures were then added to the Romanesque architectural style. This was partly due to the fact that architects tried to emphasize the multiculturalism of Pisa, which at that time was a major center of trade.
- The modern look of the Cathedral is due to numerous restorations, all the sculptures on the facade and inside the cathedral are replaced with copies, and the originals can be admired in the museum of the Cathedral. Inside the Cathedral, in its main hall, you can see another miracle - lamp "Galileo's lamp": A huge bronze chandelier hanging from a height of 50 meters oscillates with the slightest blow of the wind, and this is truly a spectacular sight.
You can visit the cathedral daily from 8 to 19 hours (in the winter - up to 17 hours), the cost of a ticket to the museum - 2 euros, and the cathedral itself can be viewed for free.
Church of Santa Maria del Spino It is small and not as magnificent as other church buildings, but for a long time it housed an ancient Christian relic - a thorn from a crown of thorns that was on the head of Jesus Christ (later this relic was transferred to the Church of Santa Chiara).
Church of St. Catherine, built in the XIII century, has a beautiful facade of white and gray marble.
In the second half of the 17th century, the church survived the firewhich caused some damage to the interior of the church. Fortunately, almost all the icons, numerous paintings and frescoes survived, and today the works of masters of the Middle Ages are available for inspection.
Baptistery in Pisa.
The round building in the Romanesque style began to be built at the beginning of the XII century (1153) according to the project of the architect Diotisalvi, to which the sculptors Nicolo and Giovanni Pisano joined a little later. Initially, the baptistery was conceived as a place for the sacrament of Baptism. If you look closely at the Baptistery, then you can see a slight slope towards the Cathedral of Pisa.
Inside the baptistery - hexagon department, which in itself is a masterpiece, as well as numerous arches and columns. It has wonderful acoustics, tourists will be able to make sure of this when an employee of the Baptistery takes the first notes.
You can visit the Baptistery every day, except December 25 (Catholic Christmas) and January 1 - these days are days off. Opening hours - from 8 to 20 hours. Tour cost 6 euros for adults and 3 euros for children.
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How to get there
If you prefer to travel by plane, you need to take a ticket to Pisa. Only 3.5 hours on the way (departure from Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow), and Galileo Galilei Airport will welcome you on Italian soil. The airport is located only 2-2.5 kilometers from the center of Pisa, so it is quite realistic to get to the center on foot, in about 20 minutes.
By plane from Moscow you can fly to Venice (Marco Polo Airport, travel time 4 hours), and from there get to Pisa by train or bus.
Can get to Pisa by rail, all trains arrive at Pisa Central Station - Pisa Centrale. You can get here from major Italian cities: Florence (travel time about 1.5 hours), Rome (3-4 hours), Milan (3.5 hours) and others.
- It is believed that the Leaning Tower of Pisa is the only architectural structure of its kind that deviates from its axis. In fact, this is not a completely true statement. The fact is that the soil of Pisa has a clay-sandy structure, and many buildings also have a certain angle of inclination. For example, the bell tower of the church of San Michele has exactly the same angle of inclination as that of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Pisa Botanical Garden claims to be the oldest botanical garden in the world. It was founded in 1544. But the same title is claimed by the Botanical Garden of Padua, founded a year later.
True, the garden of Padua has been located at the same place since its foundation, but the gardens of Pisa have changed their location a couple of times.
Many of Galileo Galilei's discoveries were made in Pisa, his hometown..
Rising to the Leaning Tower and throwing various objects down, Galileo discovered the law of free fall of bodies, and observing the swinging chandelier in the main hall of the Leaning Cathedral of Pisa allowed him to open the Law of oscillations of the pendulum.
Piazza dei Miracoli
The first group of attractions includes Piazza dei Miracoli, or Square of Miracles (the official name is “Piazza di Duomo”, Cathedral Square). It is located on the northwestern edge of the city, near the city fortress wall.
The area is decorated with magnificent architectural masterpieces: Pisa Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Baptistery of San Giovanni Battista, Falling tower and cemetery Camposanto. All of them were created during the 11-15 centuries.
In addition, there are two museums on the Piazza dei Miracoli: Duomo Museum (currently closed for restoration) and Synopia museum.
Synopia - These are drawings on the walls that are used to create frescoes. During the Second World War, the Camposanto cemetery was bombed, and later, when restoring the frescoes, synopia drawings were found on the walls, which were removed from the walls and placed in a separate museum.
The creation of the architectural ensemble of the Square of Miracles began with the erection of a grandiose cathedral in 1064, during the highest peak of the Leaning Republic of Pisa, and culminated in the Camposanto Memorial Cemetery in 1464, when there was no longer any republic, the Pisa fleet was defeated by the Genoese, and Florence took over the city.
about the Square of Miracles (how to get there, features of visiting and history of creation)
and her masterpieces:
You can come and admire the area at any time, it is not locked at night.
Ticket to the Leaning Tower of Pisa costs 18 euros.
Entrance to the cathedral is free.
Visiting the rest of the sights (Baptistery, Camposanto and the Museum of Synopias) costs 5 euros for one, 7 for two and 8 for three. Definitely worth a look. If time is short, go first to Camposanto (it will take about 40 minutes).
You need a separate ticket to visit the Duomo Museum. Now the museum is closed for restoration, but when it opens, I advise you to go: usually in museums of church values there is always something to see.
The attractions of Pisa less popular, but also very worthy, include Piazza dei Cavalieri (Knight's Square) and Church of Santa Maria della Spina (Shipa Church)
Piazza dei Cavalieri
Knights Square is 5-7 minutes walk from Piazza dei Miracoli, in the southeast of it.
Designed this front square of Giorgio Vasari. It was intended for the Knight's Order of St. Stephen, created in 1558.
Piazza dei Cavalieri has a triangular shape. The buildings located along its perimeter form a magnificent ensemble. The most impressive building on the square is the Palazzo della Carovana, the headquarters and training center of the Knight's Order, where the knights studied (now it houses the Pisa Higher Normal School, one of the most prestigious educational institutions in Italy).
Great and solemn church of San Stefano. The unusual building of the Clock Palace, created on the basis of two adjacent shortened tower houses. To his left is the Palace of the Council of the Twelve, and between the Council of the Twelve and the church of San Stefano stretches a long, low building of the Palace of Prior. Only the church of San Stefano is available for visiting.
Read more about Piazza dei Cavalieri (description and photos) see here
Church of Santa Maria della Spina
This tiny Gothic church stands on the left bank of Arno, near the Solferino Bridge.
Pisa. Church of Santa Maria della Spina
The church of Santa Maria della Spina was built in 1230 at the very edge of the water, at the foot of the Porto Novo bridge (which was dismantled in the 15th century). It began to be called the Church of the Thorn (“back”) after it received a thorn from the crown of thorns of Christ as a gift.
In 1875, the church, which suffered from floods, was rearranged higher.
More about the church of Santa Maria della Spina (description and photos) see here.
The main museums of Pisa are located on the promenades of Arno.
National Museum of San Matteo - The main art museum. The exhibits are mainly of religious content: paintings, crucifixes, sculptures, design elements. There is a small section of antiquities representing the art of the Etruscans and Ancient Rome.
Museum Address: Lungarno Mediceo, 4-6
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 9 to 19. On Sundays and public holidays - from 9 to 14. A ticket costs 5 euros.
Blue palace - a wonderful city museum, on 4 levels of which you can see the palace interiors, collections of furniture, porcelain, ceramics, paintings, sculptures, coins. The museum hosts interesting temporary exhibitions.
Museum Address: 6 Lungarno Gambacorti
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 10 to 19. On Saturday, Sunday and public holidays - from 10 to 20. A ticket costs 3 euros.
Royal Palace, Palazzo Reale - the former residence of the Florentine Medici, which now houses the National Museum of the Royal Palace. The palace features Flemish and Italian Renaissance art, tapestries, clothes, ceramics, knightly armor and portraits of family members who lived in the palace.
Museum Address: 46 Lungarno Antonio Pacinotti
Opening hours: from 9 to 14. Monday - day off. Tickets cost 5 euros.
Museum of Graphics occupies the former Palazzo of Lanfranchi - Lungarno Galileo Galilei, 8
Gipsoteka of ancient art housed in the church of San Paolo all Orto. The museum presents a collection of plaster casts of ancient sculptures belonging to the University of Pisa.
Museum Address: 2 Piazza San Paolo All’Orto
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 9 to 13 and from 16 to 19.
Museum of Ancient Ships It is located on the western outskirts of Pisa, in a building that previously housed the shipyards of the Arsenal of Medici. Antique ships were found during construction work near the station of Pisa San Rossore (this is near the Piazza dei Miracoli). In the times of ancient Rome there, apparently, was a large port. Some of the ships are well preserved.
Museum Address: 1 Lungarno Ranieri Simonelli
The museum is still preparing to receive mass visitors.
Entrance - by appointment, for groups of up to 25 people, carried out in sessions.
Sessions are held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Session times: 10, 11, 12, 14:30 and 15:30.
Pisa is a university city, and it houses several scientific museums belonging to the University of Pisa, for example, the Botanical Museum in Orto Botanico (in the Botanical Garden), the Museum of Human Anatomy and the Museum of Pathological Anatomy at the Faculty of Medicine.
The most non-trivial of science museums, Museum of calculating machines (Museo degli Strumenti per il Calcolo), is located in the building of the former city slaughterhouse.Three of its halls reflect the history of the emergence and development of computer-critical equipment, from the simplest accounts and slide rules to modern computers. The museum presents the first Italian computer created in Pisa in 1961 - CEP (Calcolatrice Elettronica Pisana).
Museum Address: Via Nicola Pisano, 27
Fortresses and Arsenals
Around Pisa in the 12th century a fortress wall was erected, which in good condition has survived to this day. A 3-kilometer section of the wall from Piazza dei Miracoli to the Arno River is open for visitors.
A wall ticket costs 3 euros.
About a walk along the ramparts read here.
Fortresses are built into the city walls of Pisa: in the west - Cittadella Vecchia ("Old fortress") and in the east - Cittadella Nuova ("New fortress"). Under the walls of Cittadella Nuova now a city park Giardini Scotto.
Inside the walls of Chittadell Vecchia was a port and Arsenal (shipyard) of the Leaning Republic of Pisa. After the Florentines conquered Pisa, they built their shipyards - Arsenal Medici (which is now given over to the Museum of Ancient Ships).
When the Arno riverbed completely became silty and shallow, the Florentines dug a canal to Livorno (which served as the beginning of the transformation of the fishing village of Livorno into a port city). Traces of this canal can be seen opposite Chittadell Vecchia, on the left bank of the Arno River, just outside the city wall.
Despite the fact that the place around the Old Fortress (this is the western edge of Pisa) is desolate, it seems to me that everyone interested in the history of Pisa should see it. It was here that the sea glory of the Pisa Republic was forged, whose “crown” became the Square of Miracles. In addition, here is one of the most beautiful churches of Pisa - San Paolo a Ripa.
In detail about fortresses and Arsenals - here.
Churches of pisa
The three main churches of the city were indicated above. This is the Pisa Cathedral on Piazza dei Miracoli, this is the church of San Stefano on Piazza dei Cavalieri and this is the exceptional beauty of Santa Maria della Spina.
Of the oldest churches in the city you should see the following:
Church of Santo Sepolcro (Holy Sepulcher) 12 century. Belonged to the knights-joannites, then - to the Maltese knights. It has an unusual octagonal shape with a high pyramidal dome.
Church of san zeno early 11th century, one of the oldest in Pisa. Its asymmetric facade, composed of pieces of buildings of various eras, is interesting, and Roman masonry is also found. It is located in the northeast corner of the city, near the fortress wall.
Church of San Nicolas in the Romanesque style, built in 1097. Since 1296, it belonged to the Augustinian monks. Inside the church, a fresco of the 1400s “St. Nicholas Saves Pisa from the Plague”, on which you can see how Pisa looked in the Middle Ages, has been preserved. The church also holds the crucifix of the work of Giovanni Pisano and the fresco "Madonna and Child" by Francesco Traini.
Church of San Pietro in Vincoli in the Romanesque style, built in 1118 on the site of the earlier (8th century) St. Peter's Church at Five Pines. Sometimes it opens on Sundays after dinner. Inside, mosaic floors of the 12th century and crypt have been preserved. Located on the north side of Kairoli Square.
Church of san frediano 11th century Romanesque (now the church of San Frediano is a university). Located in Dante Square
Church of san francescobuilt in 1233. Inside, a marble carved altar by Tomazzo Pisano and 14th-century murals have been preserved. It is located in the eastern part of Pisa, in St. Francis Square.
Churches in Pisa Romanesque style. The upper part of the facade of these churches is decorated with two or three rows of elegant thin columns, as at the Leaning Cathedral of Pisa.
Church of San Michele in Borgo 11th century (on the right bank of Arno, for Piazza Garibaldi)
Church of San Caterinadedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria. Belonged to the Dominican monks (in the northern part of the city).
Church of Sao Paolo a Ripa (in the western part of Pisa, on the left bank of Arno). Behind the church is the chapel of Sant'Agata, shaped like a church of Santo Sepolcro (octagonal with a pyramidal dome).
There are, of course, much more churches in Pisa than I have listed. Under Napoleon, many churches were closed and plundered; church values were exported to France. Say, the frescoes of Giotto and Traini from the church of San Francesco are now in the Louvre, and the fresco of Masaccio from the church of Santa Maria del Carmine was divided between four museums. Some Pisa churches today present an empty box with bare walls, although, judging by the preserved facade decor, they also knew better times.
Gardens and parks
Pisa is located Ortho Botanico, one of Europe's oldest botanical gardens, created in 1543 by Pisa University scientist Luca Gini. There is a botanical museum in the garden.
City Park Giardini Scotto in the area of the New Fortress, I already mentioned.
Another park - Wall Park - stretches along the northern section of the city wall of Pisa.
Unfortunately, almost nothing remained of the Roman period in the city. All ancient buildings were used to erect new buildings in the Middle Ages. An exception is the ruins of the Roman term in the north of the city at the gates of Porta a Lucca. The ruins are called "Baths of Nero"(Although there is no evidence of a stay in Pisa Nero).
Forum of the ancient city was where the piazza dei Cavalieri is now located.
In place of the city blocks of the ancient city "civitate vetera"Now a large square is set up - Piazza dei Martiri di Liberta. Before its construction, numerous ruins of ancient Roman origin had to be demolished.
University of Pisa
The University of Pisa is currently the most significant institution of Pisa. The whole city is literally "permeated" by the university, while walking around Pisa, you will constantly come across buildings of various faculties, monuments to outstanding teachers. Some of them are buried in the Camposanto cemetery; their graves are decorated with magnificent tombstones. The names of scientists at the University of Pisa are present in the toponymy of Pisa.
Monument to the physicist Mossotti in the Camposanto cemetery
The official foundation date for the university is September 14, 1343, although student education in Pisa began in the 13th century.
The most famous graduate and teacher of the University of Pisa is Galileo Galileiborn in Pisa on February 15, 1564. In Pisa there are two houses of Galileo: the one where he was born ("casa natale"), on Via Palestro, and Domus Galileana on Via Santa Maria. There is no memorial apartment. On the wall of the first there is a memorial tablet. The second is an educational center that studies the scientific heritage of the great scientist. Monument to Galileo (very unusual) is located in Citadella Vecchia, near the Guelph tower.
The main building of the university is called La Sapienza ("Wisdom") and is located on Piazza Dante. In my time it was restored. Before that, one could go into the courtyard of La Sapienza, admire the emblems and statues of the professors of the renowned University. Its historical assembly halls are decorated with frescoes, in the Old Assembly Hall there is a statue of Galileo Galilei, and in the library, among other priceless folios, his manuscripts are kept. It is hoped that after the restoration of La Sapienza will be open to visitors, as is done at the University of Padua and Bologna.
The main shopping and walking area of Pisa is the pedestrian street of Corso Italy. There are many shops and cafes, it is always crowded there.
Corso Italy originates from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II (near the station) and stretches to the Ponte di Mezzo bridge.
What to see in Pisa in 1 day
Half a day will go to the Square of Miracles. After visiting all of its objects, climb onto the fortress wall and pass at least a small piece along the wall within the square.
Then go to the Piazza dei Cavalieri (7 minutes from the Square of Miracles) and from it exit onto Piazza Dante. You can have lunch there. If possible, go to the courtyard of La Sapienza.
From Piazza Dante, go to Carrara Square, to the Royal Palace (alas, after lunch it is already closed). Try to get inside the church of San Nicolas and see what Pisa was like in the Middle Ages (in a fresco). On the Solferino bridge, cross Arno, go to the Church of Shipa. If you have the strength and desire, look at the Blue Palace, it works until late. Along the river, go to the Palazzo Pretorio and turn onto the pedestrian street Corso Italy, in one of whose cafes and end the day.
If you stay in Pisa for the night, go to Piazza dei Miracoli in the evening and admire it in the evening light.
What to see in Pisa in 2 days
On the second day, I advise you to take a walk along the Arno embankment. If you plan to get to the National Museum of the Royal Palace on this day, start from the western outskirts of Pisa, see the church of San Paolo a Ripa and the chapel of Sant'Agata behind it, go along the right bank by Ponte della Chittadella, see Chittadella Vecchia and Arsenals and not far from them is the Royal Palace.
After the museum you can delve into the center and, walking, walk to the fortress wall in the north, see the ancient baths of Nero, go to the church of Santa Caterina and San Zeno. Through Martiri della Liberta and São Paolo al Orto, return to the river in the area of Cairoli Square (where you can have lunch). And here is not far from the Museum of San Matteo. After the museum, go to the other side and see Chittadella Nuova (Giardini Scotto).
You can go in the opposite direction, add a visit to Orto Botanico or Gypsoteka, depending on the desire.
Unfortunately, not all museums have a convenient schedule, some work only in the first half of the day, but, say, in Gipsotek a big lunch break (here I would like to mention the Blue Palace with a very convenient working time: on weekends and holidays it is open from 10 to 20, on weekdays - from 10 to 19, and the museum itself is worthy).
Inspection of churches prevents siesta. In addition, some temples generally do not work according to what schedule.
Pisa hiking trails
I offer a description of walking tours in Pisa, which will help you get to know the city or use them to create your own itineraries.
Route 1 From the station to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, it passes through the four main squares of Pisa (Vittorio Emmanuele II, Garibaldi, Cavalieri and Miracoli) and is intended for the first acquaintance with the city.
Route 2 Along the Arno embankments you can see the beautiful palaces and churches of Pisa and visit the museums located on the embankments: San Matteo, the Blue Palace and the Royal Palace.
Route 3 Arsenals and fortresses of Pisa complements the previous one and goes well with it. You can start from the east of the city, or vice versa, go from west to east
Route 4 Through the medieval center will lead you through the streets and squares of the right-bank part of Pisa. You will see interesting churches and buildings, Roman ruins, a synagogue, the house of Galileo, the headquarters of the University of Pisa.
Route 5 Along the ramparts starts at Miracle Square and ends on the eastern outskirts of Pisa, not far from the San Matteo Museum. It can also be combined with a walk along the promenade and a visit to the San Matteo Museum.
Impression of the city
The general impression of Pisa was this: a vibrant city, youthful, filled with students and tourists, interesting in architectural terms, with typical medieval buildings. At the same time, only Piazza dei Miracoli is kept in proper order.
The Arsenals and the Old Fortress make a particularly sad impression. Meanwhile, the marine past of Pisa is one of the most glorious pages in the history of this city, and the Square of Miracles was evidence of the power of the Pisa Maritime Republic.
Pisa's tourist offices are located in Piazza dei Miracoli and in Piazza Vittorio Emmanuele II, near the train station. It seemed to me that people who work there are indifferent and ungracious. I didn’t find in the tourist offices and interesting brochures and booklets around the city, and the cards of Pisa were sold for 2 euros (as a rule, they are free in tourist offices).
Cards are sold in the following machines:
Meanwhile, even in the tiny San Felice Circeo there were maps with routes, and detailed booklets - and even in Russian (not to mention comprehensive brochures with descriptions in Ischia, Capri, and all for free). For some reason, Pisa is not doing this.
It is clear that the lion's income from tourism to the treasury of the city comes from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which is visited by hordes of tourists who do not poke their nose further than Wonder Square.
On the other hand, some efforts could be made by the city authorities to detain these hordes for a couple of days so that tourists do not consider Pisa as a city of one attraction. To do this, you need to put in order the fortresses and arsenals, open some palaces for visiting, print maps and brochures with fascinating descriptions, mark out routes, prepare thematic tours. In fairness, it should be noted that on historical buildings there are signs with historical data (information from which I used in my stories).
The influx of tourists to Pisa is facilitated by the fact that there is a large airport near the city. In particular, companies S7 and Pobeda fly from Russia to Pisa. Flights Moscow-Pisa during off-season can be bought for 6 thousand rubles round-trip (direct flights). With the advent of low-cost flights, Pisa for us has actually become the gateway to Tuscany and Liguria.
Flights to Pisa
In the vicinity of Pisa, there is also something to see, starting with the nearest attractions: Pisa Certosa, thermal baths of Bagni di Pisa, Puccini villas in Torre del Lago - and ending with the Tuscan and Ligurian coasts, Cinque Terra, Elba (we went to this island by day from Pisa) and, in fact, Florence (the train from Pisa goes to Florence for about an hour, the ticket costs 8.60 euros).
This concludes my story about the sights of Pisa.
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