One of the most-visited destinations in Italy, Pisa is a city in Tuscany’s central-western region. It is home to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the architectural and engineering failure that’s nonetheless loved by many and is one of the city’s most popular landmarks.
While most travellers think Pisa only makes for a short side trip to check out the leaning tower, it boasts of magnificent churches, important museums and galleries, stunning European squares, the famous Arno Promenade and other important attractions. The city also takes pride in being a charming college town and the elite University of Pisa, one of Italy’s oldest and most prestigious universities, is just a short walk from Piazza Dei Miracoli.
If you’re thinking of having a vacation in Tuscany, consider spending more than a day in Pisa to visit all the sights and attractions. It truly is a destination that’s waiting to be explored, and offers lots of hidden gems for you to discover. Below are important travel tips – things you should know – before visiting Pisa.
1. Expect accommodations in Pisa to be a tad pricier than other European destinations. A bunk bed in a hostel dorm starts at 15 EUR while a basic single room in a budget hotel will set you back 40 EUR.
2. You can survive on a food budget of less than 20 EUR per day. That is, if you have no problem with subsisting on pizza, sandwiches, cheap Italian snacks, and fast food. If you want an authentic Italian meal, be prepared to spend more, especially if you are accustomed to having wine with your meals. Also, do not be surprised if you see Italians having their coffee while standing at the bar. Cafes have a “sitting down” charge. And they will also charge you extra for bread as well.
3. The city is best explored on foot. What’s great about sightseeing in Pisa is that since the city centre is divided into quarters, it is easy to walk from one tourist attraction to another. In Piazza Dei Miracoli alone, a UNESCO WOLRD Heritage Site, you will find several important landmarks and attractions such as the Leaning Tower, the Duomo, the St. John Baptistery, and the Museo dell’Opera dell Duomo. For a leisurely exploration of the city, join guided walking tours that will take you to an in-depth exploration of the city’s historical centre.
Like any European destination, taxis are expensive in Pisa. However, bus fares are affordable at about 1 EUR per ride if you buy your tickets from ticketing machines. A single ride ticket costs 1.5 EUR if you buy it on board.
4. Travelling to Pisa is the most expensive during summer. Like any Italian city, Pisa is packed with tourists during the summer season, from June to September. Not only is the city crowded and hot during summertime, it is also more expensive to travel in. For a more budget-friendly and pleasant experience, consider going in the off season, nearing the end of winter, especially during the last few weeks of February. Rooms and tickets are sold at the lowest prices during this time, plus, the weather cooperates. Or you can travel to Pisa during the spring season, from April to May, when everything is still moderately priced.
5. Take advantage of Pisa’s proximity to many equally beautiful travel destinations. One of the things to appreciate about Pisa is it is a great starting point if you want to explore destinations like Siena, Florence, San Gimignano, Volterra and Lucca.
Tuscany – the birthplace of the Renaissance – is known for its rich cultural, historical, and artistic heritage and the historical city of Pisa makes for a great base if you want to experience the best the region has to offer.
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By: Brendelyn Balaga