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Pisa Introduction


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Pisa is a lively medieval university town in the Tuscan region of Italy. Although the Leaning Tower (known as the Torre Pendente by locals) is one of the main attractions and the symbol of the city, it is only one of the many beautiful treasures of Pisa. The building of the tower began in 1174 and was completed only in the second half of the 14th century because of repeated sinking of the land under its foundation. In 1990, the instability of the tower made it necessary to close it to visitors, but an extensive program of modern engineering was successful in rebalancing the tower to its original "degree of lean." Today, visitors can climb the 294 steps of the spiral staircase leading up to the belfry at the top.   Click here to see the full Pisa travel guide on Travel42 »

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Pisa Geography


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Pisa is located in the western part of the Italian province of Tuscany, between Monte Pisano to the east and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west. Pisa is divided in two halves by the Arno River, the same river that flows through Florence and into the Tyrrhenian Sea at Marina di Pisa. Centuries ago, Pisa was a coastal town, but nowadays the coast is actually 8 mi/12 km away, as debris from the river has shifted access to the coast during the course of time.   Click here to see the full Pisa travel guide on Travel42 »

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Pisa History


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Likely of Phoenician origin, Pisa was first settled by the Ligurians and then inhabited by the Etruscans, who left many signs of their passage. The real development of the city occurred in the Roman era, with the present layout of the most ancient part of the city clearly indicating the presence of the Romans. At that time in history, Pisa was a coastal town and a major Roman naval base. In the early Middle Ages, Pisa continued as a lively port and a rich commercial center, and was one of the four Maritime Republics alongside Genoa, Venice and Amalfi, which each fought for control of the very important waters of the Mediterranean Sea.   Click here to see the full Pisa travel guide on Travel42 »

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Pisa Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Pisa's most visited area is undoubtedly the Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles), which houses the Duomo and Torre Pendente (Leaning Tower), as well as the Museo delle Sinopie and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. Don't miss the Camposanto cemetery or the Baptistery of San Giovanni. The old city walls at Porta Nuova and the Jewish Cemetery are also well worth seeing on the west side of the Piazza.   Click here to see the full Pisa travel guide on Travel42 »

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Pisa Nightlife


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Pisa isn't generally known among Italians for a bustling nightlife. The student population keeps the drinks flowing in the city's bars, but weekends can be quiet as students tend to go home. As a result, Thursday ends up being one of the liveliest evenings of the week. There are also stretches in July and August when the city is particularly quiet.   Click here to see the full Pisa travel guide on Travel42 »

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Pisa Restaurants & Dining


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Dining in Pisa is a delight, with a large number of regional Tuscan restaurants offering classic, traditional cuisine as well as innovative dishes. We recommend avoiding the tourist restaurants near the Piazza dei Miracoli, but there are a few osterias not too far from the main sights in the square that are worth visiting.   Click here to see the full Pisa travel guide on Travel42 »

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