The first thing that is associated with the city of Pisa is, of course, the Leaning Tower. But this is far from the only thing that attracts tourists. The Church of Santa Maria della Spina, the medieval galleries of Borgo Stretto, the Baptistery, the royal palace of the Palazzo Reale - this is just a small list of spectacular sights of the popular Italian city. By the way, Pisa literally "teems" with students all year round, so the parties and all kinds of cultural movements here seem to never end. It doesn’t matter if you have a couple of days or several weeks to visit Pisa, you should definitely take a photo against the background of the tower, supposedly supporting it with your fingers, light a candle at the Luminara Festival and see the rich decoration of the Duomo from the inside. For a “tick” you can have a few days at restaurants with national cuisine,
The following car rental companies operate at Pisa Airport: Alamo, Ecovia, InterRent, Hertz, Sicily by Car, Keddy by Europcar, Autovia, Noleggiare, Rhodium, Green Motion, Target Rent, Europcar, Avis, Firefly, GoldCar, Thrifty, WinRent, Locauto, Enterprise, Sixt. Car rental desks are located in the arrivals hall. There are 4 parking zones near the airport. Check availability and make a reservation on the airport website.
Piazza del Duomo www.opapisa.it
Having rented a car, set off to look at the five-nave monumental cathedral, which is considered the heart of Pisa - the Duomo. Built in the middle of the XI century, it organically combines elements of the Byzantine and Roman-Pisan styles. The massiveness and scope of luxury impresses. The facade of the cathedral is made of white marble, complemented by color motifs. The interior makes you look at every detail for a long time looking at it. Particularly noteworthy is the mosaic in the aisle, which depicts the apostle John, Virgin Mary and Christ. The relics of the Holy Protector of Pisa and St. Ranieri, as well as the tomb of the Roman Emperor Henry VII, are also stored here.
Near the medieval cathedral is the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa, which has received world fame. After seeing the attraction from the outside, it’s worth going inside to stroll through the numerous covered galleries that are connected by arches, inspect the huge hall, the walls of which are decorated with amazing bas-reliefs and walk along one of the three spiral staircases. The tower has undergone reconstruction several times, but some elements still retain their former grandeur. For example, in the belfry hangs one of the oldest bells, which is already more than 400 years old.
At first, magistrates, including the city administration, were located on the Piazza dei Cavalieri. People gathered here to discuss critical issues. Since the second half of the XVI century, the headquarters of the Order of the Knights of St. Stephen was located on the square, today it is an important educational center of the city. Here is the building of the Normal School. When walking, it is worth paying attention to the former palace of elders and the palace of knights. It impresses not only the architectural style, but also the vibrant facades, original decor elements.
Campo Santo or in another way “memorial cemetery & rdquodquo; considered one of the most important places in Pisa. The courtyard is surrounded by semicircular arches, and in the galleries there are tombs, including Roman sarcophagi. Today, this place can even be called an archaeological museum. Walking from room to room, examining the tombs, you can notice a huge collection of Etruscan and Roman sculptures. To get to a popular tourist destination, rent a car.
Piazza S. Paolo a Ripa D´Arno
The church of San Paolo a Ripa d´Arno is considered one of the most extraordinary Roman shrines. It was rebuilt and reconstructed several times, however, the specialists still managed to preserve the original appearance. The exterior is notable for its marble intarsia, stucco arches, loggias with columns of 3 orders. After seeing the crucifixion scene on a panel dating from the 13th century, the Roman sarcophagus dating from the 2nd century inside the church is worth a peek into the chapel of St. Agatha.
If you explored the sights of Pisa far and wide, go to the largest seaport in Italy - the town of Livorno. A lot of historical places have been preserved here, so if you are a fan of a rich excursion program, stay here for a few days. It will be especially interesting to see the Old Fortress, on the territory of which traces of settlements of the Bronze Age, the Cathedral dating from the beginning of the 17th century are preserved. The New Venice area is too picturesque to remain indifferent, and the Mascagni terrace is so romantic in the evenings that walks here will be almost the most memorable. You can get acquainted with the archaeological finds of the region, visit the planetarium and the historical and scientific library during a tour of the Museum of Natural History of the Mediterranean.
Lovers of Renaissance architecture and a romantic atmosphere, having taken a car rental, should go to the ancient town of Lucca, founded in the period BC. Fans of ancient sights should visit the church of St. Martin, famous for the statue of St. John the Evangelist and the tombstone of Hilaria del Carretto, to look into the Basilica of San Freliano dating back to the XII century. In addition, Lucca is famous for its magnificent palaces. Especially pompous are the Palazzo della Provincia, Palazzo Mansi, Palazzo Pretorio. In between visits to historical places, you should try lamb with olives, cornetto and local wine in one of the restaurants. Finally, you can stroll through the antique markets (by the way, the largest in Italy) and buy accessories, antique carpets, jewelry at attractive prices.
Prato, many-sided and romantic, is worthy of attention no less than the largest Italian cities. It is located right in the middle of a plain in the valley of the Bisenzio River, so the city and its surroundings make an indelible impression on lovers of natural beauty. Among the main attractions of Prato, which are worth exploring in any situation, you can highlight the Palazzo Comunale, the Praetorian Palace, the Cathedral of Prato and Castello dell'Imperetora. The city hosts annual fairs, imitation of football games and the celebration of Prato Day every year. Keep an eye out for posters so you don't miss fun celebrations.
On a one-day trip, you can go to the town of Massa, in which the first settlements appeared even in the pre-Roman period. Elegant and radiant, the city attracts tourists with its special monuments of history and culture. The most striking are: the Cathedral, which houses an old font and works of art, the Museum of Sacred Art, which presents church sculptures and paintings, the fortress of Rocca Malaspina, which for many centuries has performed military functions. Having walked around in tourist places, look at a local restaurant and taste the most popular dishes from the chef.
Traveling through the expanses of Italy, it is difficult to find a brighter and at the same time homely cozy town than La Spezia. It is located in the so-called “Bay of Poets”, so that the picturesque surroundings of the surroundings will impress the most seasoned tourists. Arriving here in a rental car, be sure to visit the historical places in order to penetrate the main events and broaden your horizons. Attention deserves the fortress of St. George, dating from the XII century, the city museum, which presents a collection of mosaic floors, documents, the working quarter of Umberto I, built in the style of rationalism.
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele 26 www.facebook.com/KinzicaBarPisa
If you want variety at breakfast in Pisa, go to the Kinzica cafe, which is located right next to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You can try branded croissants with nutella, pizza, sandwiches, tuna salad. The staff works as quickly as possible and does not disregard any customer, so you do not have to wait long for the ordered dishes and drinks. It is especially pleasant to sit at tables on the street, from where beautiful views of the city open.
Via Cottolengo, 25 | traversa corso italia
If you want a quick bite to eat during breaks between sightseeing, you can check out Gusto Giusto. On the wall behind the counter there is a menu of sandwiches, you can order something from the offered one or collect your sandwich from all the ingredients that you just love. If this is not enough to get enough, you can try the signature pizza, and order a glass of wine as a drink. The wine list is extensive, so that everyone will pick up something special for himself.
Via S Benardo 34 www.namasteindiapisa.com
If you want to diversify your lunch or snack with Indian cuisine, head to the popular Namaste India Ristorante restaurant. The menu offers dishes for both meat-eaters and vegetarians. You can try lamb, garlic cakes, signature sauces and lassi mangoes. Convenient places are arranged for large companies and for two. Tourists using rented cars will be able to use the parking lot.
Via Santa Maria 95 www.facebook.com/ristoranteilpeperoncino
Looking for a delicious restaurant with national cuisine? Drop by Il Peperoncino. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also on the menu. In assortment - a large selection of pasta and pizza for every taste. The owner of the restaurant personally meets guests, helps to comfortably accommodate and not get bored while waiting for an order. Despite the proximity to the main attractions of the city, the restaurant has average prices, large portions and fast service.
SP 2 | Via Provinciale calcesana 179 www.lapanacea.org
For late dinner, head to La Panacea. This is a popular Italian restaurant where locals will certainly send you. Among the dishes that you should definitely try are signature pizza, tenderloin steak, salad. Of the desserts, they are especially delicious: tiramisu, cheesecake, panakota. Attentive and helpful staff will make sure that everything is cooked tasty and taking into account your wishes. The restaurant has a pleasant atmosphere, which has a fun time.
Are you planning to rent a car and can not imagine your vacation without comfortable apartments? Check out the Hotel San Ranieri. The hotel features spacious apartments with futuristic interior elements. In the mornings, nutritious breakfasts are served with hot dishes and freshly squeezed juices. If the weather is rainy and does not want to go anywhere, you can relax in the lounge area with grass on the second floor of the hotel. Tourists have the opportunity to use the free parking, banquet hall, conference room.
Prefer romantic mid-range hotels? For a stay in Pisa, Hotel Riviera Blu is perfect. It is located in a quiet place full of calm and silence. The hotel staff kindly greets each guest, helping to comfortably accommodate themselves and giving recommendations on the account of the “mast visit” places. In the morning, delicious breakfasts are offered with a wide variety of fruits, pastries, yoghurts, juices. The spacious apartments with pastel colors in the interior will get a good rest and completely reboot.
The main highlight of Helvetia is that it is located a few steps from the Leaning Tower of Pisa and other spectacular places. The interior is nothing special, while everything is clean and functional. The staff is friendly and ready to help in any situation. If you need recommendations or advice, you can safely seek help. The hotel also has rooms for couples, in addition, the hotel is suitable for one night, as well as for living throughout the vacation.
If you present your trip to Pisa exclusively with a rental car, then Hotel Bristol is the best solution for your stay. In the mornings, croissants and coffee are offered, for lunch you can eat in a restaurant nearby. Services include free parking and a complimentary breakfast. If you do not want to get out of the hotel, you can spend your leisure time by the pool or on the tennis court. Thanks to the competent staff, every tourist will feel at home in this hotel.
If you want complete comfort, and so that every little thing can be taken care of for you, opt for Hotel Repubblica Marinara. The hotel rooms are large and comfortably equipped. In the morning, a hearty breakfast is served in a traditional Italian style. The staff is helpful and friendly, which is very nice, especially if this is your first time in Pisa and Italy: you will be helped in any matter. Among other services, you can use the help of a nanny if you want to get out together for dinner.
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