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Mention the city of Pisa and one thing will probably spring to mind. The Leaning Tower. Hundreds of thousands flock to this city every year to see the tilting building that has been steadily sinking into the ground ever since the third floor of the tower was built.

However there is much more to this city than an architectural mis-hap. The University of Pisa is one of the world’s most established, Galileo even studied here don’t you know! With this elite university attracting students from around the world, this thriving young population lends itself well to the lively café scene Pisa has developed over recent years. So in this compact city, you won’t be far from a good Italian coffee if you fancy one!

Located just off shore in the romantic area of Tuscany, Pisa is near enough the coastline if you fancy a day by the ocean and is also within easy reach of the two beautiful Italian cities of Florence and Siena.

The Campo dei Miracoli, or the Field of Dreams, is the main point of focus here in Pisa. People come here from all over the world to strike a pose with the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Built in 1173, the Leaning Tower had only reached the third floor before it started sinking into the ground. Nearly 200 years later construction was completed after various architects tried to correct the tilt of the tower without any luck. After restoration work in the 1990’s, the tower is now open to the public with great views across Pisa from the top!

It’s easy to make a beeline for the Leaning Tower but don’t forget the other beautiful buildings around this area. One of the first buildings you will see in the piazza is Baptistery of St John which leads to the Pisa Cathedral. Both are stunning buildings created out of white marble and are a great example of architecture from Pisa’s Golden Age.

Venture through the city, down towards the banks of the River Arno and you’ll find yourself surrounded by Romanesque buildings and gothic churches. Gaze at the artwork in the Palazzo Blu and Museo Nazionale di San Matteo or wander down the lively streets filled with chattering locals and you’ll soon be enjoying a slice of Pisa not many explore.

Pisa is a wonderfully affordable city to wine and dine in. With restaurants and bars dotted around the streets it caters to both students and tourists looking for fine Italian food.

You’ll find restaurants serving delicious risotto and fresh fish and of course it wouldn’t be a trip to Italy without sampling some irresistible pizza and pasta! Try a traditional spaghetti carbonara or grab a slice of Marinara pizza, a mouth-watering tomato and garlic combination that will tempt you back for more!

As you’re wandering the colourful streets of pizza, you’ll probably pass a gelato or two. You may think gelato is just ice-cream, well yes, it is and so much more.   It’s acceptable to eat gelato almost any time of day and you’ll find a variety of flavours from blackcurrant to mocha. So go ahead and indulge, that’s what holidays are for, right?

Finish the day of with a lovely glass of large Italian wine at one of the many bars around the city and we guarantee you won’t want to leave this enchanting place.

Location of Pisa

Key Facts

  • Language: Italian
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Difference from UK: 2
  • Flight time: London 2 hours
  • When to go: April to October

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