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Introduction

Pisa

Pisa

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Famed for its Leaning Tower, Pisa is situated in the Tuscany region of Italy. Although the Tower is one of the world’s most famous buildings, there are plenty of other attractions in Pisa. Piazza dei Miracoli (The Square of Miracles) includes not just the Tower, but the Duomo (Cathedral), the Baptistry and the Camposanto Monumentale (the Monumental Cemetery). There are also several other churches and palaces that are worth a visit while in this wonderful town.

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Sights and Activities

Main Sights

  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • The Duomo, or Cathedral
  • The Baptistry
  • The Camposanto Monumentale, or Monumental Cemetery

Other Sights

  • The Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri
  • Knight's Square, designed by Giorgio Vasari
  • The Medici Palace
  • Museo dell'Opera del Duomo Museum

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Getting There

By Plane

Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA) is served by around 20 airlines, with both domestic and international flights. Ryanair has the bulk of flights with 20-30 destinations throughout Europe served. The airport is close to the city and is only around a 25-minute walk. The airport is 2 kilometres from the railway station. Connections with Pisa are available by train and bus, and bus and train connections to and from Santa Maria Novella railway station in Florence are also available.

By Train

Pisa is served by trains from Florence and Lucca.

By Car

From Florence take the A11 motorway, Pisa Nord exit, then SS1 Aurelia road for around 6 kilometres. From Rome and Bologna, take the A1 motorway to Florence, then the A11 motorway, using the Pisa Nord exit. From Genoa, take the A12 motorway, using the Pisa Nord or Pisa Centro exits.

By Bus

Regular buses run from Florence and Lucca to Pisa.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Aduepassidalcentro B&BVia Giovanni Randaccio, 21AGuesthouse-
AduepassidalmareVia Milazzo 96Apartment-
Affittacamere DelfoVia Montello 16Apartment83
Airone Pisa Park HotelVia Sant'Elena, 4Hotel-
Airport Pisa RoomsVia dell'Aeroporto, 49Guesthouse78
Antonella Bed and BreakfastVia Pietro Mascagni,18Guesthouse-
B&B A Casa Doina AirportVia San Giusto 4Guesthouse81
B&B ArcobalenoVia Fabio Filzi 19Guesthouse-
B&B Caterina StazioneVia Cesare Battisti 3Guesthouse-
B&B Claudia FerriVia Sandro Pertini, 15D, di Via 2 SettembreGuesthouse-
B&B Delle Tre DonzellePiazza Garibaldi, 12Guesthouse-
B&B Due BorghiVicolo del Tinti 13Guesthouse80
B&B La PiaggiaVia Toniolo 238Guesthouse-
B&B Le CascineViale delle Cascine n. 58Guesthouse-
B&B Le Donzelle di VettovaglieVicolo delle Donzelle 3Guesthouse-
B&B Piccolovia Quarantola 17Guesthouse-
BB A Casa DoinaLargo del Parlascio 10Guesthouse82
Bed and Breakfast La PapayaVia Maiorca 93 Marina di PisaGuesthouse-
Bed&Breakfast gli Olivivia Francesco Ruschi 174 Calci PisaGuesthouse-
Bellosguardo Bed and BreakfastVia di Pari 4 CalciGuesthouse-
Camping Village Torre PendenteViale delle Cascine 86 56122Campsite86
CapitolVia Enrico Fermi 13Hotel-
Defra's one room flatVia G.Luzzatto 6Apartment-
Dei Cavalieri B&BP.zza S.Antonio 4Guesthouse85
Euro Hotelviale del Tirreno 217 Tirrenia(Pi)Hotel-
Gli Arlecchini BBVia Manzoni 14 PisaGuesthouse78
Hotel Astorvia manzoni 22Hotel78
Hotel Di Stefanovia S. Apollonia 35Hotel81
Hotel FrancescoVia Santa Maria, 129Hotel82
Hotel La PaceViale A.Gramsci, Galleria B N°14Hotel87
Hotel La TorreVia Cesare Battisti 17Hotel82
Hotel LeonardoVia Tavoleria, 17Hotel86
Hotel Riviera BluViale Del Tirreno, 15 TirreniaHotel84
Hotel RosetoVia Mascagni 24Hotel81
Il Giramondo BBVia Lavagna 22Guesthouse85
Il MolendinoVia Nicosia 1 Calci - PisaGuesthouse-
Ilton Bed and BreakfastVia di Mezzana 19 PisaGuesthouse-
La Coccinella AffittacamereVia Gobetti 22Guesthouse82
La MagnoliaViale delle Cascine 56Guesthouse-
La ZambraVia Nicosia, 1 Calci-PisaApartment-
Mary's Bed and breakfastVia Corte Case Medicee 29Guesthouse-
Michele Guest HouseVia Vespucci 103Guesthouse91
Pisa Central Station ApartmentsVia Quarantola 20Apartment-
Pisa TowerPiazza Garibaldi, 9 second floorGuesthouse-
Relais Centro Storico b&bCorso Italia N° 26Guesthouse81
Rifugio delle PoianeRifugio Delle Poiane Podere TorignanoHostel-
Royal Victoria Hotel12 Lungarno PacinottiHotel83
Under the TowerVia Santa Maria 165Hostel75
Villa Fiona B&BLoc. Le Risaie,1 VicopisanoGuesthouse82
Villa Leaning Towervia 24 maggio n. 30Guesthouse81
Villa Theresa B&Bvia della Foglia,13Guesthouse88
Welcome Bed & BreakfastVia Matteucci 30b 56124Guesthouse76
Il BonsaiVia Gereschi 32Guesthouse-
Hotel Modernovia F.Corridoni 103HOTEL82
Hotel Villa PrimaveraVia Bonanno Pisano, 43Hotel81
Hotel Terminus & PlazaVia C. Colombo, n. 45HOTEL-
Gate 52 Pisa RoomsVia dell'Aeroporto 52Guesthouse83
Walking Street Hostel PisaCorso Italia 58Hostel93
B&B Casale le RoseVia delle rose 42 colignolaGUESTHOUSE-
Hostel Station PisaVia Sainati, 8Hostel-
B&B CarlaV. Bertani 6GUESTHOUSE87
Ponte di Mezzo B&BPiazza Garibaldi, 12GUESTHOUSE79
Hostel PisaVia Corridoni 29Hostel88
M & S SoggiorniVia Hermada 36APARTMENT-
Beside Pisa AirportVia dell'aereporto 48Guesthouse74
B&B Da GiulianoVia Fillipo Corridoni, 115GUESTHOUSE74
B&B GuerrazziVia Francesco da Buti 4GUESTHOUSE85
Helvetia Pisa TowerVia Don Gaetano Boschi 31Guesthouse86
Affittacamere B&B SoleLunaVia Putignano 282/D 56121 PisaGUESTHOUSE-
Casa ArunaVia Santa Apollonia 7, 56127 PisaGuesthouse83
Bed & Breakfast Affittacamere ElisaVia Paradisa 14GUESTHOUSE-
Il Salice di RosyVia Putignano 282/cGuesthouse-
Hotel GranducaVia Statale del Brennero, 13Hotel-
A Casa Doina Airport2Via San Agostino, 295Guesthouse-
Cisanello AppartamentiVia Mezzana 1Apartment80
Airport Pisa RoomsVia dell'Aeroporto, 70Guesthouse-
Lucky HouseVia Guglielmo Marconi 35Guesthouse-
B&B LeopoldaVia Carlo Cattaneo, 120GUESTHOUSE85
AidaVia Amerigo Vespucci, 24Guesthouse-
Hotel Cecilevia Volta, 17HOTEL82
B&B The OverbridgeVia Alessandro Poerio, 3GUESTHOUSE-
Central Station GuesthouseVia Gramsci,19Guesthouse71
B&B DAnnunzioLungarno DAnnunzio, 16GUESTHOUSE-
Hostel Pisa TowerVia Piave 4HOSTEL87
Hostel Station - Airport Pisavia Sainati 15Hostel76
Guesthouse Pisa ApartmentVia Livornese 1029Apartment-
B&B The SistersVia Don Callisto Mander 20 Marina di Pisa (PI)GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel SextumVia Jacopo Del Polta, 51 Pisa - BientinaGUESTHOUSE-
Lumiere GuesthouseVia Leopoldo Pilla 46Guesthouse81
Eden Park Tuscany ResortVia dell'Argine, 6/b San Giuliano TermeHotel-
Window To The TowerVia Santa Maria 165GUESTHOUSE83
B&B the SunflowerVia Marconi 12GUESTHOUSE-
Chalet CaffellatteVia Filippo Corridoni, 38GUESTHOUSE79
B&B NaturaeVia di Pettori, 69 CascinaGUESTHOUSE-
Suites Villa SorianoVia XXIV Maggio, 30Apartment-
Park Hotel CaliforniaVia Aurelia San Giuliano TermeHOTEL-
Casa San TommasoVia San Tommaso 13GUESTHOUSE-
B&b l'IncontroVia Vespucci 89GUESTHOUSE-
B&B CariolaVia Cariola 64/aGUESTHOUSE-
Pensione RinascenteVia del Castelletto 28HOTEL87
B&B I Girasolivia Poggio Nuovo 2 San Giuliano TermeGUESTHOUSE-
Abbazia San Zenovia San Zeno 12 PisaAPARTMENT-
23 Bed & BreakfastPiazza Vittorio Emanuele II, n.23GUESTHOUSE-
Il Giardino dei Cipressivia livornese 408/c la vettola 56122GUESTHOUSE-
On the River B&BLungarno Bruno Buozzi, 2GUESTHOUSE-
Il CampanilePiazza Arcivescovado 16 PisaGUESTHOUSE-
La mia Perlavia Cisanello, 140GUESTHOUSE-
B&B Da LeoViale Francesco Bonaini 16GUESTHOUSE-
Happy HouseVia delle Cascine, 2GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel VerdiPiazza Della Repubblica 5/6GUESTHOUSE-
B&B Cribovia Marino Dinucci 8 San Giuliano TermeGUESTHOUSE-
Beautiful TowersVia Delle Belle Torri 10GUESTHOUSE-
A Casa di AliceVia D.Sartori 5APARTMENT-
Albergo TerranovaVia Carlo Cattaneo, 142-144HOTEL-
Hotel Touring PisaVia Puccini 24HOTEL-
A Casa a PisaVia Roma, 33GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Il Giardino Tower INNPiazza Manin 1HOTEL-
B&B SpagnoloVia Aldo Moro, 42GUESTHOUSE-
Etrusco HouseVia San Iacopo 153GUESTHOUSE-
Casale GalileoVia di Padule 27APARTMENT-
Locanda La LanternaVia Santa Maria, 113GUESTHOUSE-
Holiday House OspedaleVia di Padule 17 - 56124 PisaGUESTHOUSE84
B&B San MicheleVia C.Ridolfi 24GUESTHOUSE-
What About Pisa B&BVia del commercio Sud 35/A Loc Le CaveGuesthouse-
La Corte di Stelio B&Bvia S. Agostino 285GUESTHOUSE-
B&B Il GiglioVia Mezzana 17, Loc. CisanelloGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Soggiorno AthenaVia Risorgimento 42GUESTHOUSE-
La Casa di Gioiaviale d'Annunzio 20GUESTHOUSE-
GalileiVia G. Montanelli, 104GUESTHOUSE-
Central Station Brandi's HouseVia G. Sainati 15GUESTHOUSE-
B&B Le ZizzoleViale dei Pini 150 Migliarino PisanoGUESTHOUSE-
Colorado Homevia G.Dell'Omodarme, 163GUESTHOUSE-
Tieni il TempoVia Livenza 25GUESTHOUSE-
Griffi B&BVia Contessa Matilde 5/7GUESTHOUSE-
The Red-Painted HouseVia della Casa Rossa n°1APARTMENT-
Aida GuesthouseVia Giuseppe Montanelli 37 PisaGUESTHOUSE-
B&B EmpedoklesVia A. Vespucci, 9GUESTHOUSE-
Bed and Breakfast Dimora NobiliareVia S. Maria, 19GUESTHOUSE-
La Dimora PisaVia San Bernardo 22GUESTHOUSE-
Alfieri Bed & BreakfastVia Alfieri, 10 Ghezzano - San Giuliano TermeGUESTHOUSE-
B&B Amerigo VespucciVia Amerigo Vespucci, 63GUESTHOUSE-
B&B Stazione CentraleVia A. Vespucci 63, 56125GUESTHOUSE-
B&B Borgo Antico PisaVia Cesare Battisti 99, 56125GUESTHOUSE-
Antica Piazza dei MiracoliVia F. Capponi, 1GUESTHOUSE-
Bed and Breakfast Le Torrivia Delle Torri 2GUESTHOUSE-
B&B BellevilleVia Francesco Rismondo, 18GUESTHOUSE-
Certe Notti B&BVia G.Montanelli,248Guesthouse-
Il Toscano BnBPiazza Arcivescovado,13Guesthouse-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.

Post

Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 43.7161354
  • Longitude: 10.3965843

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