Ancient city of Tuscany

Pisa is a city that is rich in history. It sits on both sides of the River Arno where it reaches the Tyrrhenian Sea. Along with exploring the famous "leaning tower of Pisa" (actually the cathedral tower,) and many other historic sites and architecture, many visitors enjoy the city's nightlife or lingering at a café along the River Arno.

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Pisa - best weather and festivals

Spring is the ideal time to visit as the weather is not too warm to explore on foot and not as rainy as autumn. In February it is Carnival time and June 16th to 17th is the date of the Luminara di San Ranieri festival honouring the patron Saint of Pisa with a regatta on the river and light show of candles and fireworks.

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Pisa safety tips and cost of living

Pisa is among the safest of Italian cities, but tourists should safeguard their valuables as with any other destination. The cost of living in Pisa is in general lower than in London, with the average restaurant meal in the €15 range, although prices will be higher near tourist attractions. Better value in dining is available near the Piazza dei Miracoli. Tip: take a day outing by train to Florence, a mere hour's drive away.

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Pisa local information and transport options

A taxi to the city centre from the airport should run approximately €6-8 while a public bus makes the 15 minute trip for a fraction of the cost. It is also possible to walk to central Pisa in about 20 minutes.

Accommodation: hostels to upscale hotel rooms are available with hostels starting at about €14 and a mid-priced hotel room at approximately €50.

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