Pisa Sights and Landmarks Guide, Italy
If you thought Pisa was famous only for its world renowned landmark, the Leaning Tower, think again. The city has many special attractions and is also a good base from which to explore other parts of Tuscany.
The primary tourist attractions are in the Piazza dei Miracoli, which is in northern Pisa. You will find the famous Leaning Tower here, as well as the famous Duomo di Pisa, the cathedral of Pisa, which is a splendid example of the Romanesque style of architecture. The Leaning Tower is now open to the public again after the restoration efforts have stopped it from leaning further and collapsing. The ‘echo effect’ at the Baptistry, Pisa’s large Romanesque dome, are not to be missed out on. The dome creates amazing echo effects of acoustics inside the Baptistry, and there is a spectacular view of the leaning Tower from the top. Art lovers will delight in the fine collection at the Museo delle Sinopie. Many of the masterpieces here were discovered accidentally during restoration work after the Second World War. The annual Luminara festival held on June 16 is a remarkable sight, with thousands of candles lit all along the Arno River, and fireworks.
Many of the best shopping deals can be found at Corso Italia next to the railway station. Small intricate models of the Leaning Tower and other souvenirs can be purchased from the shops outside the Tower. There is also a fortnightly flea market where you can get quaint items and great deals. The Piazza delle Vettovaglie is Pisa’s vegetable market, which also houses many small cafes with excellent food at cheap rates. For pizza, head to Il Montino or Funicolì. The latter needs reservations. Restaurants near the Leaning Tower are usually quite expensive, but there are some good choices for Indian and Italian food if you want to try an upscale place. Buying take outs are cheaper than dining in at most places. Drinks are best enjoyed bought from bars and sipped along the banks of the Arno River.
Cars need to be rented only when you’re planning to venture outside the city, and most of the hotspots are within thirty minutes’ walk from each other. Buses are also available in plenty, and tickets booked in advance cost less than those bought directly on board the bus. Florence and Lucca are very close, and can easily be reached from Pisa via train.
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