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Gorgeous beaches, sand-dunes, pine-forests and the beautiful Tuscany region make up Pisa. An all-inclusive holiday to Pisa from Travel Center is a fabulous opportunity for staying at the famous Art-Nouveau tourist resorts of Marina di Pisa and Tirrenia. A nature lovers haven the protected ‘Parco Naturale’ perched along the coast is home to lush Mediterranean foliage, deer, foxes and boar. Rejuvenate at the thermal spas and hot springs and feast on fresh sea-food, succulent fruits and heavenly desserts. The wines of Pisa are an excellent accompaniment for enjoying the stunning sunsets across the dazzling Mediterranean. Pisa is home to great attractions such as the famous Leaning Tower, Pisan Romanesque Duomo and Camposanto Monumentale. 16th century buildings, Renaissance palaces and galleries are tourist lures. Voltera is a must visit boasting Etruscan and Roman ruins, medieval monuments and the Palazzo dei Priori. Get there and enjoy invigorating mountain treks, horse-riding and excursions across beautiful countryside’s. Pisa hosts the liveliest festivals and fairs such as ‘Luminaria of San Ranieri, Cherry Fest and the White Truffle Fair. The Regatadelle Repubbliche Marinare (Marine Regatta) held every four years is a grand crowd-puller. All-inclusive holidays to Pisa from Travel Center offering the cheapest flights, affordable accommodation for the whole family and easy booking facilities make planning your vacation a pleasure. Enjoy a holiday in Pisa!

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Time Zone

UTC+01:00 hour

Airlines Flying

British Airways, Ryanair, EasyJet, KLM, Lufthansa

Languages

Tuscan

Best Time to Travel

June to September

Modes of Transport

Bus, Taxi, Car

Currency Exchange Rate

1.00 GBP = 1.36 EUR

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The foundation stone for this, the world’s most famous tower was laid in 1173. When the tower began to sink on the south side even before the third story was completed, the construction was halted and only resumed 100 years later. The open bell chamber was added in between 1350 – 1372. Tourists were allowed to climb the 294 steps to the top until 1990 but as the tilt kept increasing it was closed and reopened in 2001 when the 5.5 degree tilt was modified to 3.99 degrees.

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta

This cathedral is a definitive example of Pisan architectural style. This five-aisled Romanesque basilica was designed by Buscheto and was begun in 1063. Even though unfinished it was consecrated in 1118 and a new west front was added and the main apse was completed in which is found a mosaic of Christ between the Virgin Mary and John. The highlight of this cathedral is its pulpit which was designed by Giovanni Pisanno.

Pisa Baptistery

This free standing baptistery began to be constructed in 1153. The design was patterened with different coloured stones, blind arcading and dwarf galleries. The construction continued for over two centuries and transitioned from Romanesque to Gothic styles. The effect of light and solemnity is created by the four pillars and eight columns that hold up the conical dome.

Campo Santo (Sacred Field)

A local legend says that Archbishop Ubaldo dei Lanfranchi brought back several shiploads of earth from Golgotha so that the citizens of Pisa could be buriedin sacred soil. The place that holds this soil is called Sacred Field and construction was begun here in 1278. It is a rectangular area with a gallery of arches that open into the courtyard. The floor contains the graves of Pisan patricians with Roman sarcophagi on the sides.

Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo (Cathedral Musuem)

This museum is one of the best designed and curated museums but at the same time is also one of the least visited. Its huge second floor windows give an impressive view of the Leaning Tower. Items exhibited here include priceless masterworks of silversmiths, rich embroideries, tombs, sculptures and paintings. The collections are from 6 centuries ago and are labeled and described in English.

National Musuem of Pisa

The building that now houses the National Musuem of Pisa was once a Benedictine Convent. It features sculptures and pictures of Tuscan schools from the 12th to 15th centuries. Sculptures from a variety of Pisan churches have been brought here to preserve them from weather and environmental damage. Some other items also exhibited here include paintings on religious subjects from the 12th and 13th centuries and illuminated books and manuscripts.

Santa Maria Della Spina

This church is located on the left bank of Arno and is one of Pisa’s smaller churches. Suffering severe foundation damage in 1871 it was pulled down and rebuilt higher up. The Gothic style church gets its name from its possession of a thorn (Spina) of Christ’s crown of thorns which was brought from the Holy Land.

Palazzo dei Cavalieri

Originally the Palace of the Elders, architect Giorgio Vasari began rebuilding and enlarging it in 1562 and became the Palazzo dei Cavalieri, named after the training course for knights (cavalieri). Grafitto ornaments, coats of arms and busts decorate the exterior of this palace. It has housed the elite college founded by Napoleon since 1810.

Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri

Also designed by Giorgio Vasari, this church was originally built between 1565 to 1569. A marble façade was added around 1594 that was designed by Giovanni de’ Medici. The two side wings built around the 17th century were once the changing rooms for knights of the Order of St.Stephen and were later included in the church as aisles. Paintings on the ceiling show the history of the Order of St. Stephen who were the city’s defenders against enemy raids.

San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno

This church was founded in 805 but continued to be altered and enlarged in the 11th and 12th centuries. It also contains the tomb of the 12th century scholar Burgundio in a reused Roman sarcophagus with another sarcophagus built into the wall above the doorway. It has been built in the Pisan Romanesque style.