The name 'Pisa' can't help but conjure up images of that famous Leaning Tower, but there's more to the city than just this one iconic building. As well as Gothic churches and Renaissance piazzas, there's also a thriving nightlife fuelled by the university – one of Italy's most famous – and the students residing there.
The 183-foot-tall Leaning Tower is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world and is a must-see site when you're in Pisa. Other spectacular buildings nearby include the Baptistery – a 12th-century building that lays claim to be the site where the great scientist Galileo Galilei was baptised – and the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Don't miss a wander through the Place des Cavaliers – the one-time political centre during the Medieval era.
Given its large student population, the centre of Pisa is awash with bars and cafés. The banks of the River Arno are lively during the evenings – an ideal spot to grab a Negroni or a Birra Moretti after all that sightseeing. For people-watching, head to the bars and restaurants on the Piazza Delle Vettovaglie, which offer plenty of alfresco wining-and-dining.
Pisa is home to plenty of traditional trattorias serving homely cuisine – head to the Trattoria S. Omobono to enjoy Tuscan delicacies such as pan-fried rabbit with olives or chunky spaghetti with wild boar ragù. For food with a view, book a meal at Osteria I Santi, located right by the Leaning Tower.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.05|
|Average weekend price||$93 per night|
|Average weekday price||$89 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
Pisa is a wonderful town, much better than they told you. Its liveable, exciting, and every small street has its own best restaurant. The leaning tower is overrated though the cathedral next to it and the square is much better. We liked its own beach / Tirrenia beach over Viareggio, the latter is overcrowded and rip-off. Public transport is great, you can get almost anywhere in no time (every worth-seeing in town is close on-foot also) surrounding cities are close by train too. Although its a 3-day-town.
We stayed just for the afternoon. It was perfect we visit the tower and ate in a more than wonderful restaurant "Il Ristoro Della Pe". The food was amazing as well as the service. We had a great afternoon in Pisa.
Great restaurants around the various squares. It was lovely to walk around the river Arno. Great vibe and buzz around Pisa. Excellent location of Hotel Verdi near to river Arno. Within walking distance to Leaning Tower and all the sights. Great shopping, cafe's, bar's and restaurants, busy enough without being overly crowded. Good market area near to Leaning Tower. Excellent train station if you are travelling around other city's in Italy and to Florence and Rome. Pisa is ideal for a 3 - 4 day trip.
Convenient location, very clean and neat, lovely garden with bunnies and turtles. Manager was delightful and very helpful arranging taxis, printing forms I needed in order to fly back to the USA, etc. Didn't make use of the kitchen.
The main attraction is the Field of Miracles with the leaning tower. The city centre has two main shopping streets with many restaurants and pizzerias off them. The rest of the city is mainly low-key.
I liked Pisa very much. The city is small, but you can do a lot of things there. Of course you should visit and climb the leaning tower. The other monuments around are interesting to. But there is more to see. You can walk the medieval city wall (only fr-su) an visit several museums. Unfortunately they are not open everyday, especially off season!!! Two days should be enough to visit the city of Pisa, if you stay longer you can also got to the beach (20 min by bus) or visit other towns in Tuscany (Siena, Florence or Lucca). There are a lot of tourists in Pisa, but a lot of locals and students as well thus you can enjoy the authentic italian lifestyle, while being here (Stay away from the leaning tower to do that, of course...).
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