How to Get to Pisa ?
Three days ago I found in Sicily, and then a short weekend was time to go back to Italy. In fact, two trips to Italy at such short intervals were not in my plans!
After a few months in Sicily I planned, I couldn’t say no when a close friend came to Pisa and Florence and I bought tickets for my trip to Tuscany.
In the early hours of the morning, today I am going to Pisa, the eye-catcher of Tuscany and Italy. Turkish Airlines’ direct voyage will take us to this city within a few hours . After the checks, we take off!
First of all, I have to talk about going to Pisa. The easiest way to get to Pisa from our country is by direct flights as I do. But these flights usually have in the summer and not very often. That is why I recommend that those who want to come to Pisa buy tickets to various Italian cities, especially Bologna and Rome .
Italy’s advanced train network allows you to easily reach Pisa from all these cities, from north to south. You will also visit Florence and other beautiful Italian cities on my route. In particular, Pegasus’ Bologna flights offer the best prices for this route.
Where is Pisa?
Now I’ll give you information about Pisa and Tuscany. I don’t speak much of Italy, this is a well-known and famous country in Southern Europe. Even those who say m I don’t know anything tanıy are familiar with the geography of the boot and the capital Rome .
Pisa is a small city in the central-northern part of Italy . It is located within 5-6 kilometers of the Mediterranean Sea on the west coast of the country. Its population is about 100 thousand. Pisa is one of Italy’s major tourist centers. Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most iconic buildings in Italy and the world.
Information about Tuscany
Tuscany, including Pisa, is one of the country’s 20 autonomous regions. Tuscany is especially known for its traces of the Renaissance period, rich artworks and wines . Florence, where the renaissance was born, is also within the borders of Tuscany.
Finally, when visiting Pisa and Italy, you need to get a Schengen Visa. Italy is an EU member state. If you come from other European countries do not have any passport control. Let me remind you that official passports are exempt from this visa.
Airport Galileo Galilei
After a fleeting flight of only two hours, the Tuscan lands began to appear! As the weather is clear and sunny, I see a pleasant view as I get off the plane. The cities of Livorno and Viareggio , alongside Pisa, as well as the Mediterranean are in my sight.
At 11:30 local time, we land at Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport. Soon I leave the terminal. No questions were asked during the passport check, I had a bit of hesitation because it was the second Italian initiative in a week .
I stand in front of the terminal, the view is very different from the airports I am used to. Pisa Airport is the only one of its kind, it’s like a cafe or park!
Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport is definitely the most sympathetic terminal I’ve ever seen, decorated with a lush green cover. With the boutique restaurants at the entrance of the airport and the statues in the garden, this is a very pleasant spot. For the first time, I will talk about an airport as a place to visit in the city.
Pisa Airport Transportation
Now let me tell you how to get to the city or to the Leaning Tower from Pisa Airport. What do you think would suit this lovely airport?
Of course you can just walk to the city, and it’s not on the freeway! A road with familiar houses. In just one kilometer you reach the center of the city. After this experience, using other airports will seem like a grind to me!
Places to Visit in Pisa
It’s hard to believe, but we’re starting to walk from the airport to the city, today I have a close friend Furkan who is accompanying me. We are cheerful and energetic and the weather is so beautiful güzel
We’re heading north from Airport Street. There are several storey cottage-style houses on this street. The street offers a well-groomed and green look, you can never get enough of walking in such an environment.
Pisa Train Station
Soon we’re at the city’s train station, Pisa Centrale.
I left the work force at the airport and I introduce the station Pisa’s train station is also worth seeing . You will probably reach the city from this station, and then you can see this beautiful station after the view!
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II
I arrive a little further to the first main point of the city. This is Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II. I came to Italy so much that sometimes I even talk about these squares as piazza. Learn these words now, say piazza challenge, torre tower, ponte bridge and fontana fountain.
Vittorio Emanuele II Square is the center of the city. All around you are buildings painted with light weight. The statue in the middle of the square belongs to Vittorio Emanuele II. As you know, Vittorio Emanuele is one of the former Sardinian Kings and the first king of the Kingdom of Italy.
Another striking structure in the square is St Anthony Abbey Church. It is true that it is not the most magnificent church in the city, but it has given a pleasant appearance to the square, with the architecture you can only come across in Italy.
Poste Italiane is just across the church . This post office is still in use. It is remarkable with its columns covering the pedestrian path and the traces of the Renaissance on its windows .
Corso Italia Street
I’m starting to get into the air of Pisa City now. I’m on the city’s most important tourist street; Corso Italia.
Corso Italia is the İstiklal of this place with its classical saying. The colorful houses of the street warm you at first sight . As the lunch hours approach, this place is so lively that I cannot tell you, I am in a touristic paradise. Tourists from different countries and boutique Italian cafes complement them.
Shopping, food and tourist activities in Pisa are available at Corso Italia. I can examine the houses that add color to life with the sun for hours, Pisa is a place that adds happiness to people.
The most historic member of the street is the church of Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine . The color of the building, whose appearance resembles a large village house from the outside, is quite compatible with Pisa. You can visit the inside of the church free of charge, a sweet place away from exaggeration.
At the end of Corso Italia the river appeared! If you say the river, it can be taken, this is the Arno River, which is the subject of books, films and history . These waters testified to the Renaissance, and now, at a glance, it seems as if it reflected a lot of structures around us.
The Arno River is a long river that flows from the Alps to the Mediterranean Sea Train Sea. The flow rate is quite high. Throughout history, Pisa and Florence have been inundated . There have even been injuries and deaths in these disasters.
Arno divides the north and south of Pisa into two parts. The moment you come to the banks of this river, you cannot be captivated. It is almost integrated with the rainbow houses of Pisa . Even if I take dozens of square photos, I can’t throw the excitement in me, you have to see, it’s so beautiful.
Mezzo Bridge and Northern Pisa
I’m on Ponte di Mezzo. Here you can see the Arno River and Pisa City more clearly. Logge Dei Banchi at the southern end of the bridge where I came to my attention. This building , built with an innovative approach called Art Nouveau, completes the city atmosphere.
I enter Borgo Stretto from Garibaldi Square at the northern end of the bridge. This is a narrow street. In Central Italy, there are columns and descent at the ends of the houses . This area is a more mystical part of Pisa.
Church of San Michele in Borgo
I come across San Michele in Borgo Church on the street. This is one of the different structures of the city. Unlike the colorful ones, white dominated colors are used here . Along with the narrow street where the entrance is, it is like a hidden paradise.
San Michele in Borgo is free to visit, I think you should see. The air in the church is reminiscent of the middle age and the columns along the edge are impressive.
Piazza dei cavalieri
There are dozens of churches and squares that you can explore in the northern part of Pisa , and those who have time can explore. Now I’m in the other place I want to see in the city. This is Piazza dei Cavalieri, the Knights Square.
Cavalieri is an important tourist spot in Pisa. The square is lined with beautiful, historic buildings. The most famous of these is Palazzo della Carovana.
Carovana Palace, one of the oldest buildings of the city, built in the 16th century. The exterior is covered with marble and various figures . The building now houses a university in Pisa.
Opposite the palace there is another one called Canonica and next to it is the church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalier. What is most enjoyable is that you can pass through the streets and open the middle of the buildings .
Where is Pisa Tower?
I am now heading towards the Tower of Pisa, which you are all waiting for. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is located in the northwestern part of the city. The best way to get here is Via Santa Maria. If you follow this street, the Leaning Tower and Cathedral will greet you with a wonderful view!
The area around Via Santa Maria is quite lively. There are tiny shops and various tourist activities on the side of the road. Tourists do not pass because it is lunch hours.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
I arrive at Miracoli Square, in other words, Miracles Square. This square really deserves its name. The Tower of Pisa is in front of me.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a structure that you all will recognize. It was built in 1173 as the bell tower of thenearby Pisa Cathedral . The 56-meter-high tower consists of a series of six columns stacked on top of each other.
The tower has a magnificent Roman architecture. It symbolized the power of Pisa when it was built.Nowadays, this tower is known as the biggest tourist power, before the city!
Why the Leaning Tower of Pisa
What makes Pisa Tower famous is that it bends slowly from the date it was built. Due to the unstable soft ground on which it was built, it bowed 0.7 cm in average in 100 years.
The current inclination of the tower has reached 5.5 degrees. A plumb swinging down from the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa fell 4.3 meters from the tower walls . Italians, the tower to survive periodically to work.
Legends of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa is also subject to various legends. The most well-known of these is that Galileo Galilei, who lives in Pisa, finds that the objects of different weights he threw down from this tower fall at the same time. There are also some who say the tower bends supernaturally.
Another building that accompanies the Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles is the Cathedral of Pisa.
Pisa Cathedral is a private church built at the end of the 11th century and a characteristic example of the Romanesque Architecture known as Pisa . The plan in the cathedral carries Islamic traces with its large dome as well as Byzantium.
The inside of the cathedral is as beautiful as the outside. I have compared the interior design to a few churches in Rome, with gold embroidered ceilings and huge columns…
Baptistery of Pisa
The last member of the square and the Pisa Cathedral is the Pisa Baptistery.
Built in the mid-14th century, this baptistery is another part of the Cathedral of Pisa after the Leaning Tower. The building, which stands out with its giant dome, is a bit inclined like the Leaning Tower of Pisa .
There are almost no flat buildings in this area. You can see the slopes in the buildings with your eyes. Especially the Leaning Tower of Pisa is much more trapezoid than I expected and what is shown in the photos!
Pisa Tower Photos
The northern and western ends of Miracles Square are surrounded by walls. Inside the walls there is a large area covered with grass. You can take photos anywhere on these lawns, provided you do not get too close to the structures.
The most important activity of the Leaning Tower of Pisa should be taking photos . Here you must push the limits of your creativity with this oblique tower. Of course, we got our share from this tabii
Leaning to the Leaning Tower of Pisa?
We experienced the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Cathedral, but can’t we go to the top? Yes, you can, but you must buy tickets in advance. Everywhere around the Leaning Tower of Pisa is toll. There are two options in front of you;
If you want to watch Pisa from the top of the Leaning Tower , you have to pay 18 euros . This is a must in advance because the tower has a certain capacity!
Package tickets including the Baptistery, Camposanto Cemetery and the museum here are 8 euro. If you buy one of these tickets , you can visit Pisa Cathedral free of charge . My advice is 8 euros. I think it’s enough to experience the surroundings.
In this way, I completed the places to visit in Pisa. After this moment, we sit on a lawn by the Leaning Tower of Pisa and watch the view and snack . The food we brought with the advantage of having just arrived from Istanbul this morning is still fresh!
Why to Come to Pisa?
To sum up, Pisa was a city beyond my expectations. Maybe because I planned to see the Tower of Pisa without waiting for anything!
If you are coming to Pisa, you have to wander the streets of this city and soak up the atmosphere . It is so delightful and has its own air. This is a lovely spot for families and couples who want to experience romantic moments.
As well as a lot of tourists in the city, beyond the main streets are empty! There are plenty of places to explore along the Arno River, and you won’t see many crowds.
Is Pisa an Expensive Place?
Let’s talk about the street economy in Pisa. This place is surprisingly not too expensive. It is as if the area around the Tower of Pisa is separate and the rest of the city is a different world. As you move away from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you will find more modest prices.
There are several small grocery stores in the city. Around 0.50 cents of water around here, plus gift shops open to bargains, I bought a beautiful Pisa keychain for only 1 euro!
What to eat in Pisa
There are also alternatives to eat in Pisa. This is Italy, I guess you don’t ask what we’re gonna eat. The most exclusive members of the Italian Cuisine can find all kinds of pizza and pasta in Pisa .
The pleasant restaurants in the narrow streets of Pisa reminded me of the intimate atmosphere in Naples. In addition, you can find more modern and touristy restaurants on Corso Italia.
Italy Cities Near Pisa
So, we’ve come this far, where else should we see? I don’t think you can think of Pisa apart from Florence.You can reach Florence in just 1 hour by train from Pisa. The prices of these trains are quite reasonable, so you don’t have to prepare beforehand.
Apart from that, Viareggio on the west coast is a nice spot to swim in Pisa . There are dozens of hotels and entertainment centers on Viareggio Beach. Especially in summer, this region is one of the most active points in Italy.
Pisa How Many Days to Visit?
I recommend for those who want to visit Pisa in 1 day. This place can be visited in 3-5 hours on foot . Even if you intend to explore deeper like me, you will complete it in a few days at most. It will be more profitable to evaluate your increased time in Pisa in the other cities I mentioned!