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Basic information

  • Area: 185 km² (71.4 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +39
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 87,506
  • Official language: Italian
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Pisa – Overview

Pisa is located in the rolling hills of North West Tuscany, right at the very heart of Italy. Lying at the junction of two rivers, the city’s terracotta rooftops conceal a labyrinth of winding lanes and picturesque piazzas. Most widely known for being home to one of Italy’s most famous landmarks, there is so much more to discover in Pisa beyond its teetering tower.

For shopper’s seeking something truly unique, an early morning excursion to one of the city’s many markets is a must. Held in various venues throughout the week, savvy bargain hunters can come home laden with colourful clothing, trinkets, art and antiques. For Architecture buffs, the Field of Miracles is only the start, as a slow stroll down River Arno’s stunning promenade will reveal a multitude of breath taking buildings, whilst for history lovers magical museums abound. When weary, visitors should soak up culture of a different kind at one of Pisa’s many cosy cafes.

Italy is all about indulgence and for foodies, Pisa’s piazzas over flow with restaurants serving up an endless selection of gourmet goodies. After seeing the sights, kick back at one of many tasty trattorias and tuck into an array of delicious dishes. Tuscan treats not to be missed, include golden bruchettas, fresh pastas drenched in rich sauces or hearty helpings of risotto. Meals can be washed down with a crisp glass of Chianti, made from locally grown grapes, and rounded off with a sharp shot of espresso macchiato. For after dinner drinks, head down to the buzzing bars of the University quarter, or the many late night dens that line the river’s Lungarno district.

There are a number of accommodation options to suit all budgets, from simple hostels and family run guesthouses to luxurious hotels. For a touch of old world glamour, check into the Royal Victoria, one of Pisa’s most historic hotels. Established in 1837, the hotel features elegant rooms, fabulous antique furniture, photographs and sweeping views of the River Arno. Alternatively if it’s a honeymooner’s haven you are after then slip off to the Relais Dell’Orologio, whose sumptuous suites and captivating courtyard are designed with romance in mind.

Pisa is blessed with a Mediterranean climate that guarantees lots of sunshine throughout the year. Spring, summer and autumn are the most popular seasons to visit the city when the weather is warm and bright. Hottest days tend to be in July and August when temperatures rise to around 30°C. A light jacket might be needed for cool evenings and remember to be prepared for scattered showers.

Pisa has all the modern conveniences needed for smooth stay, with ATM machines and car rental companies dotted around the city centre and a helpful tourist information office found on Via Cammeo. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport on arrival, in bank branches or bureau de change booths. The currency used is the Euro.