Pisa is without a doubt one of the most important cultural centers in Italy, famous throughout the world for its art. The most important monuments are in the very centre of the town and can easily be reached by foot.
Where to go, typicall and cultural destinations
In Piazza dei Miracoli. Here one can admire the Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta (The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption), the famous Leaning Tower, the Baptistery, the Gallery which surrounds the Monumental Cemetery and the Cappella Del Pozzo, all of which were built in white marble by Carrara. The Cathedral Museum houses not only treasures from the Cathedral itself but also works of art from various churches throughout the city.
The Domus Galileana, where Galileo Galilei is said to have lived, is also to be found in Pisa. Piazza del Cavalieri, one of Pisa’s most important squares, should not be missed.
The square is surrounded by beautiful buildings, one of which is the Palazzo dei Cavalieri, the home of the Normale Superiore,” a school founded by Napoleon in 1810. Today the school is a very prestigious university attended by the most gifted students.
The “San Rossore” Natural Park, a WWF and LIPU protected area, which extends over 24,000 hectares and includes the Migliarino, San Rossore, Coltano and Tombolo estates, lies just a few kilometers outside the city. Of great interest for its environment and landscape, the park can be visited on horseback, by bicycle, by horse-drawn carriage with horses bred in the park or by small train. There are also boat trips on Lago di Massaciuccoli, which is part of the natural park
There are many traditional events, above all in June. The most evocative is without a doubt the Luminaria di San Ranieri on June 16th: more than seventy thousand small wax candles in glasses called “lampanini” are lit and placed in white holders called “biancheria” which outline the windows and doors of all the buildings along the River Arno. The river is also filled with small floating candles that are slowly carried by the current, creating a spectacular and fascinating play of light. The evening concludes with a great firework display.