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There is more to see in Pisa than the Leaning Tower. This video has the best things to do and facts about Pisa, Italy. You can add to your trip by touring the city.
Why Pisa is a Great Day Trip From Florence
Most people visit Pisa Italy to see the Leaning Tower. If that is your only reason for going to Pisa there is no need to stay in the city, you can make it a day trip from Florence.
In Pisa Italy, you will be in awe of the beauty of the three medieval buildings that make up the Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles): the Baptistery, Duomo and Tower (the campanile). The tower was begun in 1173 on a sandy silt soil and started to lean before the third level was finished in 1274. The Baptistery is the largest in Italy and is known for its incredible acoustics.
Galileo studied at the University of Pisa where he was a student of motion and gravity. Legend has it that he conducted experiments on gravity by dropping items from the Leaning Tower. The University is still there and is the center of activity in the city. Today, the University is known for its computer science department.
Pisa Italy Today
Unfortunately, most of Pisa Italy is very modern, a result of Allied bombing during WWII. So spend a day in Pisa and the rest of your time exploring other towns and villages near Florence.
The tower recently reopened after a decade of restoration. Give yourself between 1 and 2 hours to see the three buildings and to relax on the large lawn.
You will have to get a ticket if you want to go to the top of the tower, but they are not cheap! If you have your heart set on climbing the stairs, get your ticket before you start exploring the Duomo and Baptistery or book on-line before you leave Florence.
Other sites in the Camp dei Miracoli include the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo which houses items from the cathedral and Baptistry and the Camposanto, a medieval cemetery.
Other Places to Visit on Your Pisa Day Trip From Florence
There are a number of other sites in the city if you plan to spend the whole day there. Visit the Piazza dei Cavallieri and enjoy the old square with medieval buildings.
The Santa Maria della Spina is a church on the river at Lungarno Gambacorti. The original church was built between 1230 and 1323; however it was rebuilt in 1871. The church was built to house a thorn (spina) from Christ’s Crown of Thorns.
The Museo Nazionale di San Matteo on the banks of the Arno houses a collection of Tuscan paintings and sculptures. The museum served as a convent in medieval times and was a prison in the 19th century.
The Museo delle Sinopie is housed in a 13th century hospital and houses the frescoes that were created in preparation of the frescoes used in the cemetery.
Pisa Italy is a little over an hour by train from Florence. To get to the tower from the train station you can walk, it will take about 30 minutes or take a taxi or bus. There is a tourist information office at the train station.