Pisa may be best known for its world-famous gravity-defying leaning tower, but it’s certainly not the only thing worth shouting about in this dynamic and attractive Italian city. Maritime history, manicured gardens, a historic university, sublime Renaissance piazzas, impressive art collections, street art and the scenic River Arno – it’s hard to know where to start. Many choose to begin their Pisa holidays at the rather marvellous Piazza dei Miracoli – the ‘square of miracles’.
As well as being home to the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, you’ll find Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta, a spectacular, free-to-enter 11th-century cathedral. Another grand square that will stop you in your tracks is the Piazza delle Vettovaglie, where Pisa’s farmers’ market is regularly held. Here you can stock up on all kinds of top-quality Italian produce as gifts for those back home. Holidays to Pisa are also ideal if you want to spend time exploring the wider Tuscany region.
Pisa sits at its heart, just 12 kilometres from the pretty beach-lined coast and also not far from Tuscany’s capital Florence, the medieval town of Lucca and the Chianti wine region. With its history, grand monuments and excellent location, this Tuscan city is a real Italian superstar.
The Leaning Tower
Take time to marvel at Pisa’s mind-bending architectural feat. This lop-sided bell tower is an example of medieval Romanesque-style architecture and contains more than 200 columns.
Each year on 16 June, San Ranieri, the patron saint of Pisa, is celebrated. Candles light up the city, followed by fireworks, and there’s a regatta the following day.
This impressive mural on the side of the Sant’Antonio Abate church features a mishmash of colourful figures painted in 1989 by American artist Keith Haring.