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Tour of Pisa, Italy

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Pisa is a city in Tuscany, central Italy, on the right bank of the mouth of the Arno River on the Ligurian Sea. The city is known worldwide for its famous bell tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Tourist attractions include shopping, restaurants/cafe's, historic buildings and trips to the scenic coast of the Italian Riviera.

The currency in Italy since 2002 is the Euro. Beer Prices . Currency Converter.

Flights take about 2 hours 40 minutes between UK Airports and Pisa Airport.

Ryanair provide regular flights between Pisa/Florence Airport and UK Airports such as: London/Stanstead .
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British Airways, easyjet and Jet2.com also provide flights to Pisa International Galileo Galilei Airport. For information on what UK Airports they fly from, and International Airlines, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_Galilei_International_Airport.

Pisa International Galileo Galilei Airport is situated about 2 miles south of Pisa and about 50 miles west of Florence. Taxi Information.

The Compagnia Pisana Trasporti (CPT) bus connects the Airport to Pisa’s city centre every 10 minutes.

Trains run from Pisa Railway Station, about half of a mile from the terminal, to Florence and many other cities in Italy. Google Map.

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Pisa's main attractions are situated within its old city walls that are about 9 miles long. Built from 1155, this ancient fortification is said to be one of the longest walls built in the Middle Ages.

In the north western corner of the old city, is the area referred to as The Field of Miracles, containing four of Pisa’s most historic buildings. These buildings were constructed out of white marble that changes colour in differnet light.

The old city of Pisa is situated just over 1 mile north of Pisa Centrale train station.

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The Baptistery of San Giovanni is the first building to be seen when you enter the square through its ancient gate, the Porta Nuova.

Tales of the Babtistry should be considered by Students, as according to these tales, if you’re an undergraduate and walk around the Baptistery, you will never graduate.

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The Cathedral (Duomo) is the oldest building in this area, built from 1063 on the remains of Roman temples.

This impressive building holds art works such as bronze angels, marble mosaics, Giambologna's crucifix and sculptures.

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The Leaning Tower is situated next to the Duomo. The bell tower was constructed to 56 metres, but is now 54 metres since tilting 5.5 degrees. The tower has a 294-step spiral staircase that leads to the bell chamber.

The medieval bells still remain, but for safety, they are no longer rung.

All the buildings in this area seem to lean a little, as they were built on un-stable ground. The Leaning Tower leans the most, due to its small base and height.

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The Campo Santo Monumentale (monumental cemetery) is situated at the northern edge of the Square. This is a walled cemetery, said by many visitors to be one of the most scenic in the world.

The cemetery is said to have been built on a shipload of sacred soil, brought back to Pisa from the Fourth Crusade, by an archbishop of Pisa in the 12th century.

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The Knights Square is one of the top landmarks in Pisa, situated about 0.5 miles east of the old city. This square was the political centre in medieval Pisa. Around the middle of 16th century, the square become the headquarters of the Order of the Knights of St. Stephen.

The square now serves as a centre of education, part of the University of Pisa.

The Piazza Martiri della Liberta (large square) is situated just east of the Knights Square.

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San Zeno is a church and an abbey in Pisa, built from 1029.

This abbey was built over even older buildings, and, until the 15th century, it also served as a hospital.

The interior walls contain ancient Roman writings, and faint medieval paintings.

Situated about 1 mile east of the old walled city.

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Santa Maria della Spina is a small Gothic church in Pisa built from 1230, situated about 0.7 miles south of the old city.

In 1871, the church was dismantled and rebuilt higher, due to flood water from the Arno river damaging the church. The building was slightly altered during the process.

Situated on the street named Lungarno Gambacorti in the centre of Pisa.

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Corso Italia, the High Street of Pisa, is situated mid way between the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Pisa Train Station.

This street devides the two historical quarters on the south side of the city. This is the top shopping area, and in Borgo Stretto, on the other side of the river.

The street leads from the Central Train Station, that was built in 1863, and rebuilt after bombing in the Second World War.

Along the street, and in this area, there are still signs of the bombings in 1944. Pisa was attacked for 45 days in a row, 57 bombing raids alltogether. Over 3000 civilians were killed, and about 50% of the buildings dammaged.

Many of the buildings have been rebuilt, and many new buildings can be seen where the old buildings were replaced.

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Pisa Train Station is situated on the south side of Pisa, just south of the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, largest square in Pisa.

From here you can catch a train to Florence, La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Genoa and Siena.

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Cinque Terre is a scenic part of coast on the Italian Riviera, about 68 miles north of Pisa. The 5 villages here that attract many visitors are: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.

This area is the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

To visit these towns from Pisa, if you do not have a car, you can take the train to La Spezia, 53 miles north, about 1 hour 20 min, then take a local train from La Spezia to Genoa. The towns are situated only a few miles north of La Spezia. You can get on and off at each town.

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For more information on Pisa, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pisa.

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Florence shares the same Airport as Pisa as it is situated about 50 miles east of Pisa, see Tour of Florence.

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