Tuscan city full of history
Pisa may be famous for its leaning tower, but the Italian city contains a myriad of other historical, religious and architectural wonders, including medieval palaces, churches and piazzas.
Best time to be in Pisa
Summers are warm and sometimes wet in Pisa and winters are mild. The best season to visit is spring, as the temperatures are comfortable and it's drier than in autumn. The most important annual events include the Carnival in February and Luminara di San Ranieri. The latter is a celebration of the city's patron saint in June with a regatta, and candle and firework displays.
Important Pisa information
In terms of safety, visitors should always keep an eye on their belongings, as is the case in all popular destinations. There are heavy fines for buying illegally traded goods. Prices in Pisa are generally lower than in London. However, restaurants located near major tourist landmarks are expensive. Cheaper prices can be found around Piazza dei Miracoli, and visitors can expect to pay about EUR15 for a meal in a basic restaurant. A good day trip idea is to take the train to Florence from Pisa.
Pisa's accommodation and transportation
From Pisa airport, a taxi ride to the city centre is priced at around EUR6-8. Visitors can also take a bus, with a journey of about 15 minutes. Single tickets cost about EUR1.20 and can be bought at the counter in the arrivals hall. If bought on the bus, they are more expensive. It is actually possible to walk as well, which would take around 20 minutes. Hostel rooms start at approx. EUR14 and double rooms in mid-range hotels are around EUR50. Pisa can be explored on foot easily, but buses are available. Otherwise, it's possible to rent a car, especially to explore Tuscany.