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    Pisa – a brief overview

    Pretty Pisa sits beside the River Arno and grew rich on a maritime trade that rivalled that of Venice and Genoa. As a result, this small town is unusually well endowed with impressive Romanesque, Renaissance and Gothic architectural treasures, of which the Leaning Tower is the most famous.

    After the city fell to Florence in 1406, the Medici fostered great artistic and scientific endeavours, giving rise to the city’s elite university. This imbued the city with a vibrant and cultured atmosphere that survives today and which spills out into its medieval piazze, lively riverfront and broad shopping boulevards.

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    The Arno

    Pisa
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    Like Florence, Pisa sits beside the River Arno. Walk along its southern banks and admire pastel-coloured palazzi, the medieval Piazza Cairoli and photogenic Pisan-Gothic churches.

    Campo dei Miracoli

    Piazza del Duomo
    56126 Pisa PI
    Italy
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    The so-called ‘Field of Miracles’ is a vast, manicured lawn in the centre of Pisa where Europe’s most extraordinary series of Romanesque buildings (the cathedral, the Leaning Tower and the baptistry) are arranged theatrically.

    Torre di Pisa

    Piazza del Duomo
    56126 Pisa PI
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-2030 (Apr-Sep)
    Daily 0900-1900 (Oct)
    Daily 0900-1800 (Mar)
    Daily 0940-1700 (Nov and Feb)
    Daily 1000-1700 (Dec-Jan)

    The 12th-century Leaning Tower really does lean a staggering 3.9m out of plumb. Climbing to its heights is dizzying and disconcerting but the views are out of this world.

    Duomo

    Piazza del Duomo
    56126 Pisa PI
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-2000 (Apr-Sep)
    Daily 1000-1900 (Oct)
    Daily 1000-1800 (Mar)
    Daily 1000-1245 and 1400-1700 (Nov-Feb)

    Pisa’s stunning cream-and-green striped marble cathedral is the template for Romanesque churches throughout Tuscany. It is filled with treasures, from its medieval wooden ceiling decorated in 24-carat gold to its stunning bronze doors.

    Battistero

    Piazza del Duomo
    56126 Pisa PI
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-2000 (Apr-Sep)
    Daily 0900-1900 (Oct)
    Daily 0900-1800 (Mar)
    Daily 1000-1700 (Nov-Feb)

    The pearly-white baptistry is a piece of engineering ingenuity with one dome stacked over another. In the upper gallery the custodian demonstrates its unique acoustics and echo effect.

    Camposanto

    Piazza del Duomo
    56126 Pisa PI
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-2000 (Apr-Sep)
    Daily 0900-1900 (Oct)
    Daily 0900-1800 (Mar)
    Daily 1000-1700 (Nov-Feb)

    Pisa’s ‘Holy Field’ or monumental cemetery was constructed in the 13th century around soil shipped from Calvary during the Crusades. Many of its frescoes were destroyed in WWII, but some are displayed in the Sala Afreschi.

    Palazzo Blu

    Via Pietro Toselli, 29
    56125 Pisa
    Italy
    Tel: +39 050 220 4650
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1900
    Sat-Sun 1000-2000

    An ornate, riverside palace filled with elaborate 19th-century décor and Pisan artworks from the 14th to the 20th centuries.

    Museo Nazionale di San Matteo

    Piazza San Matteo in Soarta
    56127 Pisa
    Italy
    Tel: +39 050 541 865
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 0900-1900
    Sun 0900-1400

    Pisa’s collection of medieval sculpture and Tuscan artworks is housed in this Benedictine monastery. Highlights of the collection include works by Masaccio and Fra Angelico, and sculpture by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano.

    Museo delle Sinópie

    Piazza dei Miracoli
    56010 Pisa
    Italy
    Tel: +39 050 835 011
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-2000 (Apr-Sep)
    Daily 0900-1900 (Oct)
    Daily 0900-1800 (Mar)
    Daily 1000-1700 (Nov-Feb)

    This fascinating museum explores the fresco technique, with the aid of several sinópie (preliminary sketches), scale models and a film. The museum lays bare the methods behind the artwork.

    Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

    Piazza Arcivescovado 6
    56126 Pisa PI
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-2000 (Apr-Sep)
    Daily 0900-1900 (Oct)
    Daily 0900-1800 (Mar)
    Daily 1000-1700 (Nov-Feb)

    This museum is home to all the most valuable artworks that were designed for the cathedral and baptistry. They include Giovanni Pisano’s ethereal ivory carving of the Madonna and Child, created for the high altar.

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    Country overview

    Despite incessant praise, travelling in Italy remains one of those rare experiences in life – like a perfect spring day or the power of first love – that cannot be overrated. In few places do history, art, fashion, food and la dolce vita (the good life) intermingle so effortlessly.

    There are sunny isles and electric blue surf, glacial northern lakes and fiery southern volcanoes, rolling vineyards and an urban landscape that harbours more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. Few places offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return.

    Geography

    Italy is situated in Europe, with a long coastline of approximately 7,600km (4,720 miles) stretching into the Mediterranean Sea and a mountainous northern border adjoining France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. This northern Alpine region contains some of the highest peaks in Europe and is a good area for winter sports.

    In central Italy, Tuscany has a diverse landscape composed of fertile rolling hills, lush river valleys, minor mountain ranges and a long sandy coastline. To the east is Umbria, known as the ‘green heart of Italy’; hilly with broad plains, olive groves and pines, and Le Marche – a region of gentle mountains, rivers and small fertile plains.

    Further south lies Rome, Italy’s capital city. Within its precincts is the Vatican City. The south of the country is hotter, wilder and much, much drier than the north, characterised by dry sierras, rocky mountain ranges and volcanic outcrops, including three of Europe’s most active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. Puglia, the ‘heel of the boot’, is a mixed landscape of fertile plateaus, expansive olive groves and flat, ochre-coloured plains. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia lie offshore to the southwest and west respectively.

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    Area: 301340 sq km (116348 sq miles).

    Population: 60.5 million (2015).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.

    Government: Independent kingdom of Italy declared in 1861. Republic since 1946.

    Language

    Italian is the official language. Dialects are spoken in different regions. German is spoken in the South Tyrol region (bordering Austria). French is spoken in all the border areas from the Riviera to the area north of Milan (border with France and Switzerland). English, French and German are also spoken in the biggest cities and in tourism and business circles.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    Public holidays

    In addition to public holidays, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices. These include:

    Turin/Genoa/Florence: 24. Jun (St John the Baptist)
    Milan: 7. Dec (St Ambrose)
    Venice: 25. Apr (St Mark)
    Bologna: 4. Oct (St Petronius)
    Naples: 19. Sep (St Gennaro)
    Bari: 6. Dec (St Nichola)
    Palermo: 15. Jul (St Rosalia)
    Rome: 29. Jun (St Peter)
    Siena: 2. Jul + 16. Aug (Palio)
    Trieste: 3. Nov (St Giusto)

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Epiphany: 6. January 2016
    Easter Sunday: 27. March 2016
    Easter Monday: 28. March 2016
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2016
    Labour Day: 1. May 2016
    Republic Day: 2. June 2016
    Assumption: 15. August 2016
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2016
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Epiphany: 6. January 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16. April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2017
    Labour Day: 1. May 2017
    Republic Day: 2. June 2017
    Assumption: 15. August 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2017
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2017

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    Nightlife in Pisa

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    Much of Pisa’s drinking scene is centred around the university, which is scenically situated on the Arno. Other hot spots are pretty Piazza Dante and Piazza delle Vettovaglie.

    In summer, many people decamp to the beach bars in Marina di Pisa, 10km east of the city centre.

    Sottobosco

    Piazza San Paolo all'Orto
    56127 Pisa PI
    Italy
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    A boho bar and café serving up wine and jazz surrounded by vintage décor.

    Bazeel

    Lungarno Pacinotti 1
    56126 Pisa
    Italy
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    A good riverside spot with a generous aperitivo buffet and live music on the terrace.

    Sunset Café

    Via Litoranea 40A
    56013 Marina di Pisa
    Italy
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    Lounge on white sofas with cocktails and candles at this hip beach bar.

    Arno Vivo

    Lungarno Buozzi
    56125 Pisa
    Italy
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    Enjoy a beachside vibe and DJs at this popular riverside venue.

    Millibar Wine & Cocktail Bar

    Via Palestro 39
    56127 Pisa
    Italy
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    This place offers cocktails, karaoke and live music beneath medieval vaults.

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    Restaurants in Pisa

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    Being a university town, Pisa has a good range of reasonably priced eateries, many of them on Borgo Stretto and south of the river in the San Martino quarter.

    Food is typically Tuscan, focusing on vegetables and high-quality pork and beef dishes.

    Si e No

    Via Livornese 1067
    56122 Pisa
    Italy
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    Price: Expensive

    Superb seafood and homemade pasta like lobster tagliatelle.

    Osteria Bernardo

    Piazza San Paolo all’Orto 1
    56127 Pisa
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    Short, creative menu combining informal dining with gourmet standards.

    BIOsteria 050

    Via San Francesco 36
    56126 Pisa
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    Contemporary dining on organic dishes with ingredients sourced within 50km of Pisa.

    Il Crudo

    Piazza Cairoli 7
    56100 Pisa
    Italy
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    Price: Cheap

    Gourmet sandwiches dished out beside the river with good glasses of wine.

    Il Montino

    Vicolo del Monte, 1
    56121 Pisa
    Italy
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    Price: Cheap

    A Pisa institution serving regional specialities such as chickpea pizza and chestnut cake.

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    La Regata delle Antiche Repubbliche Marinare

    4 – 5 June 2016

    Venue: Arno River.

    Italy’s four main ancient maritime republics of Pisa, Amalfi, Genoa and Venice take turns to hold this historic boat race between beautiful, colourful crafts that are modelled on those of the 12th century. Festivities and parades take place in the city.

    La Luminara di San Ranieri

    16 June 2016

    Venue: Arno River.

    In honour of their patron saint, Pisans line the streets along the Arno River with candles, with more candles floating on the river. As night falls, the candles are lit and all streetlights are turned off, making for a magical sight. Fireworks and street parties add to the fun atmosphere later on.

    La Regata di San Ranieri

    17 June 2016

    Venue: Arno River.

    As part of day-long celebrations in honour of Pisa’s patron saint, the four historical quarters of Pisa – Santa Maria in blue, San Martino in red, Sant’Antonio in green and San Francesco in yellow – compete in the colourful Regata of Saint Ranieri race.

    Gioco del Ponte

    26 June 2016

    Venue: Ponte di Mezzo.

    Dating from the 16th century, this traditional annual event sees battles between teams from the north and south banks, including the pushing of a seven-tone carriage across the Ponte di Mezzo, Pisa’s old Roman bridge.

    Anima Mundi

    10 September 2016

    Venue: Various.

    Anima Mundi celebrates sacred music with a series of exquisite concerts held in some of Pisa’s most atmospheric venues, including the Cattedrale (Cathedral) and Camposanto Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery).

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Pisa

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    There’s a huge array of accommodation in Pisa, ranging from characterful bed and breakfasts and boutique hotels in the city centre to established chains and nearby country villas.

    Relais dell’Orologio

    Via Uguccione della Faggiola, 12-14
    56127 Pisa
    Italy
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    Category: Expensive

    A 14th-century fortified palace with frescoed interiors and a flower-decked patio restaurant.

    Hotel Bologna

    Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 57
    56125 Pisa
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    A swish, professional 4-star hotel in a tranquil spot south of the Arno.

    Hotel di Stefano

    Via Santa Apollonia 35
    56127 Pisa
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    A charming family-run place with characterful rooms sporting murals of Pisa.

    Relais I Miracoli

    Via Santa Maria, 187
    56100 Pisa PI
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    Serene, all-white rooms in a historic 12th-century structure overlooking the Leaning Tower.

    Hotel La Pace

    Viale Antonio Gramsci 14
    56125 Pisa
    Italy
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    Category: Cheap

    Spruce, pastel-coloured rooms and smiling service characterise this budget place.

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    Climate & best time to visit Italy

    Italy is a great destination to visit year round, particularly if taking a city break, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months, which are also the hottest of the year. If you’re keen to avoid the main scrum of peak season but still bank on mild weather, late September to October is a good choice.

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +39

    Telephone

    Telephone kiosks only accept phonecards, which can be purchased at post offices, tobacconists and some newsagents.

    Mobile phone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Rome, Venice, Milan and Bologna have now instituted city-wide Wi-Fi hotspots, and the majority of hotels, B&Bs and even farm stays now offer free internet access. In most towns, internet cafés also offer access at €2 to €6 per hour.

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    Shopping in Pisa

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    Pisa offers some excellent shopping alongside a lot of tourist tat. For interesting, high-end boutiques, bookshops and antique showrooms, the medieval Borgo Stretto is the place to go, particularly Via Mercanti and Via dei Rigattieri. For cheaper, high-street brands, head to Corso Italia.

    Markets

    Pisa’s main fruit and food market is held in Piazza delle Vettovaglie from Monday to Friday. On Wednesday and Saturday there are flea markets on Via Buonarotti and Via San Martino. And a great open-air antique and craft fair takes place every second Saturday and Sunday of the month in Piazza dei Cavalieri.

    Shopping Centres

    Pisa has a small Coin department store (Corso Italia 118) with men’s and women’s clothing and beauty products. Otherwise the nearest luxury outlet mall, with over 100 high-end brands, is located 100km east of Pisa at Barberino del Mugello.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    The social structure is heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church and, generally speaking, family ties are stronger than in most other countries in Western Europe. Normal social courtesies should be observed. Dress is casual but smart in most places, and beachwear should be confined to the beach. Conservative clothes are expected when visiting religious buildings and smaller, traditional communities.

    Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

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    Visa & Immigration

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    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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