Pisa is a classic Italian destination, international gateway to Tuscany and charming university town all in one
With a beautiful Arno river frontage, World Heritage Sites aplenty and access to some of Tuscany’s better beaches within a short drive, Pisa is one of the places to begin a love affair with Italy.
|Time zone:||GMT +1 hour (GMT +2 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||2 hours 30|
|Holiday type:||City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 19.5░C
Rainfall: 906.2mm a year
When in Pisa, one must do the Tower. Now saved from collapse (thanks to a spot of heavy-duty underpinning) the fabled Leaning Tower is the centrepiece of a whole set of fantastic buildings all in the same complex on by the Piazza dei Miracoli, including the duomo and baptistery.
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If it’s Tuscan and traditional you’re after, spend lunchtime at the authentic Ostreria dei Cavalieri on Via San Frediano for a taste of the whole region.
Must be there for:
The annual Luminaria festival every 16th June sees the lights dimmed along the Arno and 10,000 candles lit around town. It’s beautiful – even when the obligatory fireworks begin.
- Take a guided tour of the town that includes the amazing Navi Antiche, sunken Roman ships discovered inland in the late 1990s and now being carefully preserved.
- For the best of the local beaches, head to nearby Viareggio, a short distance to Pisa’s north-west corner.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Italy.