Experience Beautiful Pisa
Famous for its leaning tower, Pisa is a beautiful destination in the Tuscany region of Italy.
An hour from Florence by train, Pisa offers a rich history and architectural marvels the whole family will enjoy.
Pisa is a university town with a vibrant atmosphere. Pisa isn't an incredibly large city which is part of its charm.
The Corso Italia, also known as the Walking Street, leads from the train station to the Leaning tower and is a great spot to shop or stop for a treat. You'll find many street performers who will delight tourists of all ages. Stop at a local market and pick up items for a picnic, or simply walk around and take in Italy's unique atmosphere and pace of life.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is famous the world over and is the main reason why so many tourists visit. The softness of the ground resulted in the tower beginning to lean even before construction was completed. The leaning tower makes for a great and comical photo opportunity, but remember that this area tends to get crowded, so visit early.
The tower is only one part of the Piazza dei Miracoli, or Square of Miracles, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The leaning tower is the bell-tower of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Inside you'll find works of art like the great mosaic of St. John the Evangelis. The Baptistry is the largest of its kind in Italy. With a combination of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, it's also known for its amazing acoustics, which are periodically demonstrated.
The Piazza Dei Cavalieri is overshadowed by other sights in the area, but is not to be missed if you visit Pisa. This used to be the city's political center and was later the home of the Order of the Knights of Santo Stefano. Take in the statues and old buildings and imagine what life was like hundreds of years ago.
If you'd to let the kids blow off some steam, visit Parco Don Bosco, a short walk from the tower. Not only is this a fun playground for kids, but an old Roman aqueduct runs along its length. The Giardino Scotto park near the train station is another spot to visit with kids. Once the site of a fortified citadel, it was gifted to the citizens of Pisa in the early 1900s. Near the train station you'll also find the colorful Murale Tuttomondo di Keith Haring. It's free and kids will love the colorful modern pop art style.
Pisa was a maritime power in its Golden Age, meaning that you can find beaches near the coast. This is the perfect way to relax after a day of sightseeing. Marina di Pisa is an especially great destination for families considering barriers will protect you from the open sea and there are many restaurants and other facilities nearby.
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