Perhaps most famous for its leaning tower, the city of Pisa is one of the largest in Italy and attracts millions of tourists each year. Besides offering numerous photograph opportunities, the city itself boasts a proud and interesting history. When we combine these amenities with an agreeable climate, it is easy to understand why Pisa is such a popular destination.
The average flight time from London (all major airports) to Pisa is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. Please note that this is in reference to a nonstop flight. Those with connections will normally have a duration of between four and six hours (depending upon the connecting airport). Some of the most common carriers that serve this route are easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways and Vueling.
Things to do in Pisa
Of course, we should first mention the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This is actually the bell tower of the city’s main cathedral. It is 56 metres tall and was completed as far back as 1372. Interestingly enough, there is still debate in regards to who were the principal architects behind its construction. The reason that it was leaning has nothing to do with faulty construction. On the contrary, it was built upon subsoil that would come to shift in the subsequent centuries. This movement has now been all but eliminated and consequently, the tower is one of the most recognisable structures in the world. Keep in mind that due to its position, you are unable to access it directly. The tower nonetheless makes and excellent photo opportunity during your stay.
The Piazza del Duomo is another massively popular tourist attraction found within Pisa. It is a lesser-known fact that the leaning tower is actually part of this massive open-air plaza. Other sights include the Pisa Cathedral, the Monumental Cemetery and the Sinopias Museum. The cathedral itself tends to dominate the entire area; its Gothic architecture unique in the fact that white marble stones were used during its construction. This was quite uncommon during the time. Many will choose to include the cathedral within their picture of the Leaning Tower. The interior of this building is just as impressive. Frescoes found upon the ceiling are excellent examples of classical artistry and a lamp supposedly designed by Galileo himself hangs from a high nave. While it is used for religious ceremonies, the church is nonetheless an excellent spot to bring the entire family.
The Palazzo della Carovana is another location that should certainly not be missed during your stay in Pisa. It was built between 1562 and 1564. The palace contains numerous sculptures and works of art. The coat of arms of the Medici family can be seen while busts of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany are other popular attractions. Many believe that this palace is able to offer the best collection of art within the entire city of Pisa. Daily tours are offered. It is worthwhile devoting an entire day to this excursion, as there is a great deal to see.