Due to Pisa’s famous leaning tower when you go on a private tour of Pisa you will leave happy but maybe slightly leaning!
Located in Tuscany, Pisa is one of the most important cities of the region. Everyone knows about the famous landmark “the Leaning Tower, ” but this city has so many other fun and exceptional things to do and places to see, in this both ancient and modern city.
Pisa is a beautiful, absorbing city to visit on a sightseeing tour. There is magnificent architecture in many buildings, educational museums, pristine streets and very lovely landscaped parks.
Obviously, with Pisa being a city in Italy, the cuisine is mouthwatering and appetizing. There are lots of places to enjoy a truly authentic Italian meal in the evening and even more small cafes or snack bars with excellent cuisine being served all day long.
The bars and entertainment venues found in the city of Pisa vary from quiet, romantic, fun to wild and crazy. Everyones wants and needs are catered for in Pisa Read More...
No Trip to Pisa Is Complete Without a Guided Tour of "The Leaning Tower"
When you visit the city of Pisa, you must take a sightseeing tour of ‘The Leaning Tower” and learn the wonderful reasons as to why it is leaning.
Other great buildings to go on guided tours include the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Cathedral Museum, the Baptistery and the Palazzo dei Cavalieri. These all have something different to offer a visitor, but the one thing they have in common is the extraordinary architectural beauty in each of them.
Top 10 Things to Do in Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Everyone knows of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and it is a ‘must see’ destination on a sightseeing tour of the exciting city of Pisa. The building started to lean from the early stages of construction. Due to the soft ground, by the time the builders were on to the third story in 1178, the foundations of the tower became destabilised. The tower is now over 5 meters off perpendicular and although many have tried, it cannot be straightened.
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
Another extraordinary feat in architecture is the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. It is a Romanesque basilica made of white marble that has five aisles. The oval dome dominates the interior and there is a mosaic of Christ from the 13-14th century in the apse. There is so much to admire both inside and outside of the Cathedral that includes the bronze doors all of which is best seen on guided tours.
Sacred Field / Campo Santo
Construction of this sacred field started in 1278 when, according to legend, shiploads of earth from Golgotha was brought to Pisa by Archbishop Ubaldo Dei Lanfranchi after the fourth crusade so that the people could be buried in sacred soil. The walls of the cloister surrounding the courtyard were damaged or destroyed in 1944, but amazingly it was not all a tragic loss due to the unearthing of original artist sketches in red pigment.
Just west of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is the free standing magnificent building that is the Baptistery. Nearly 100 years after the Cathedral this was built using the same building material to carry on the design. There is a mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture as times changed during the two hundred years of construction. On a guided tour see the exceptional interior of the building with a great many wonderful features.
Santa Maria della Spina
If you were looking to find the best fairy-tale church in the world that happens to be the prettiest, then look no further than Pisa. On a sightseeing tourist of this Gothic style church, you learn the history of its making. The exterior is more ornate than the inside, but there is still a fantastic Madonna and Child that was sculpted by Andrea and Nino Pisano around the middle the 14th century.
Botanical Garden of Pisa
The Botanical Gardens of Pisa was the first university botanical garden in Europe and a wonderful place to take a sightseeing tour. It was started in 1544 and is an important part of the legacy of Cosimo I de’Medici. For centuries the guardians of the gardens have been collecting such things as rare and endangered specimens, scientific journal, illustrations, paintings and art. The flowers are stunning, especially in bloom.
Church of San Sisto
One of the oldest churches to see in Pisa on a guided tour is the Church of San Sisto. It was during the Middle Ages that it was built and is done in Romanesque style. There have been a great many renovations done over the centuries, but it still looks the same as when it was first built. There are replicas of certain features such as ceramic basins in the church and the originals from the 10th century are in museums.
National Museum of Saint Matthew
When you go on the incredible guided tour of the National Museum of Saint Matthew, see collections and exhibits from many of the historic buildings in Pisa and surrounding areas. An example of what to see here are fine monographic collections of archaeological preserves, paintings and sculptures dating from the twelfth to fifteenth century that were created by Pisano and Donatello. It is a fascinating tour.
The Church of San Paolo
Founded originally in 805 is the Church of San Paolo which is situated in the southwest of the old town near Arno’s south bank. It was given an extension and altered in the 11th and 12th centuries. This is another building in Pisa that was done in Romanesque style. In this church is the tomb of Burgundio, a 12th-century scholar. Also, see the round-arched doorways and dwarf galleries.
With a striking dusty blue frontage is the Palazzo Blu which faces the river. A guided tour of this Palazzo Blu will show you its exuberant 19th-century decoration inside. The foundation that looks after the palace looks after art collections by Pisan artists from the 14th century to the 20th century. Also at different stages throughout the year are various temporary exhibitions.
Travel Tips for Pisa
Best Time To Visit Pisa
The best time to visit Pisa will all depend on your preferences. If you are more interested in sightseeing or want to do more activities then April, May, September and early October are better-suited weather wise. Those months are also ideal months for going on private tours as they are less crowded and cheaper. If you love the heat of the sun and enjoy spending time by the pool then the summer months is your ideal time.
Typical Costs in Pisa
The prices of food, drink and accommodation may vary slightly within Italy, but there are always good places to find that are reasonable. On average you are looking at a B&B for one night for around 22Euro offseason and 40Euro peak season. There are lots of small restaurants the will do great deals for early bird meals. For private tours, the prices again will vary depending on the time of the year you are looking to go on one.
Know Before Visiting Pisa
Always do good research on the destination you are traveling to and book any private tour you can before traveling. Keep all valuables in a safe place and only carry enough money to do you for the day. When carrying money be aware of pickpockets, it does not matter what country you are in; they are everywhere. Drink bottled water to be on the safe side and always check that the cap is sealed before opening it. Never walk alone at night in dark street
Weather in Pisa
Italy has a typical Mediterranean climate which means that it is cool in the winter with a good bit of rainfall. The northern mountainous areas have snowfalls that can be extreme during January. In Southern Italy however, the temperature rarely drops to freezing in the winter. The summer months are very hot with temperatures rising to 32-degree Celsius or higher. Spring and Autumn's months have lovely warm days and chilly nights.