An ancient and modern city that lived glorious years when it was Maritime Republic.
At present days, it hosts three world-famous Italian universities together with some of the world’s most appreciated artistic and architectural works.
DA VINCI SUGGESTS: PISA’S FLAGSHIPS
1. Opera del Duomo Museum
Located in Piazza Duomo, this museum was created in 1986 in order to host inestimable treasures which could be found inside the Doumo and the Battistero up until that time.
2. Saint Matthew’s National Museum
Here you will find archeological and medieval artifacts, you will have the chance to admire the works of Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, Donatello, Francesco di Valdambrino, Andrea della Robbia.
3. Pisa’s three leaning towers
Even if the Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles is Pisa’s most famous building, there are another two of this kind: the bell tower of Saint Nicholas’ Church and the bell tower of Saint Michael’s Church.
4. The majestic architectural complex of the Square of Miracles
The realization of this ambitious and timeless project, which included the construction of the Battistero, the Duomo, the Tower and the cemetery (eternal home of Pisa’s illustrious figures) was made possible thanks to the great amount of money made after commercial exchanges between Pisa and the Arabic-byzantine empire, whose golden area was between the 11th and the 12th century.
5. Slow walks among bridges and the Lungarni
The Arno river, which runs through the city just as it does with Florence, is bordered by its beautiful Lungarni: the ideal place for the ones who want to visit the city from a completely new perspective. The bridges unite the two banks in a sort of perfect network, populated by pastries and ice-cream shops that will smooth-tooth your evening walks.
6. Dantean Pisa: San Francesco de’ Ferri’s Church
After the tormented architectonic vicissitudes that, with continuous reworking, characterized this building, one must recall that Conte Ugolino della Gherardesca’s tomb is guarded here, together with his four children’s’. They are famous for being the main characters of Dante’s 33rd canto of the Inferno.
7. A tour of Pisa’s cuisine and winery
If you love Tuscany’s traditional cuisine, you definitely cannot renounce to a guided tour that will take you between the streets of the city and its flavors.
8. Thousands of lights: the Luminara
On the night between the 15th and the 16th June, Pisa’s Lungarni dress up to celebrate and lighten up over seventy thousand lights and candles (“lampadini” for the locals), that adore the city’s windows and arcades along the Lungarni. The One Thousand and One Night’s effect is unique and indescribable. A must-see!
9. San Ranieri’s Palio
Pisa celebrates its Patron San Ranieri on the 16th June with an Arno regatta. The Palio’s origins date back to the Middle Age and it consists of a challenge among the four districts of Pisa’s city center: Santa Maria, San Francesco, San Martino, Sant’Antonio.
9. The Bridge Game
This is a traditional festivity that takes place every year on the Ponte di Mezzo. The game recalls old disputes and historical battles of the Tramontana side against the Mezzogiorno section (to the South of the Arno river). An essential moment for the ones who want to experience for themselves the appeal of historical evocations.