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Visit Pisa in a day

Visit the main tourist attractions of Pisa in a day is doable.
Our route takes away from the railway station (A) heading towards Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II ( B) Today a great place thanks to urban renewal made ​​recently .
From here you continue along Corso Italy (C) the main pedestrian axis citizen and shopping street .
Walking along the street for about 400 m, we find on our right the Piazza del Carmine (D) with the Church and Convent of the fourteenth century, built by the Ordine dei Carmelitani, then you come right to the Piazza Chiara Gambacorti better known as the Pera square (E) and continue on Corso Italia, on the left side , the Logge dei Banchi an imposing colonnade of the seventeenth century, with the function of the market is that the wool silk; next we'll find Piazza del Comune (F) with Palazzo Gambacorti ( F) [ built in the fourteenth century . ]
The main facade is Gothic, while the back is of the eighteenth century, the palace was home to the family Gambacorti and overlooks the Lungarno Gambacorti .

In front of the Piazza del Comune we find Ponte di Mezzo (G) originally made ​​of wooden material which for centuries was destroyed by fire and is currently seventeenth-century factory .
During the month of June, on this bridge, you can see the Gioco del Ponte, an old historical re-enactment of Pisa.
Two rival teams, belonging to south and north  of Pisa respectively, after the costume parade, fight on this bridge and test themselves to push a cart on rails place, won the team that manages to defeat the opponent multiple times .
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Our Itinerario continues onto Lungarno Galileo Galilei (B) , overlooked by Palazzo Lanfranchi , now used as displays and exhibitions, the Church of San Sepolcro of the twelfth century, dedicated to the Templars, with its original octagonal shape and the Ponte della Fortezza .
After crossing the Ponte della Fortezza (C) , we walk for a short distance the Lungarno Mediceo (D) and we encounter the side façade of the Church of San Matteo, built in XI century, in adherence to the Church is the Museum of San Matteo a former convent Benedictine nuns .
Along our way we find Palazzo dei Medici belonged to the family Appiano, after the Medici family, now the seat of the Prefecture, the Palace Roncioni XIV century known as a stopover Roncioni, Palazzo Toscanelli with its current nineteenth-century architecture, but the oldest building , is the seat of the State , until you reach Piazza Cairoli or car, in the past the Piazza had the function of the market and yet , the Church of St. Peter in Viculis built between the late eleventh and early twelfth century .

Continue along the river embankment onto Pacinotti (E ), which connects Ponte di Mezzo with Solferino Bridge originally called "New Bridge" , which was destroyed during World War II , built in 1966 and then collapsed to the Arno flood and finally rebuilt with the current system .
On our way we meet many historical buildings like the Palazzo Reale now houses the National Museum, Palazzo Lanfreducci with a seventeenth-century, called by Pisani Palazzo alla Giornata and the Church of Madonna dei Galletti with the facade of 1700.
Against the backdrop of Lungarno Simonelli overlook the Old Citadel with the Guelph Tower and the Arsenals Medici: the first two had function as a fortress, both in the Middle Ages in the Medici period , while the Arsenals function held remittance and shipbuilding.
Crossing the Ponte della Cittadella (F) (originally made of wood XIV century ) destroyed and rebuilt several times, better known as the " Ponte a Mare",  we find ourselves along the left bank of the Arno on Lungarno Sonnino and we come across Porta a Mare the artifact has some decorations dating back to the seventeenth century.
Later we find the Church of San Paolo a Ripa d'Arno, ( XI century with subsequent interventions ) , and the former Convent of the Order of the Benedictines .
Continuing Gambacorti embankment , to the east side of noon, we find the Chiesetta della Spina (G) in Pisan Gothic style externally full of decorations and the Church of Santa Cristina with ancient origins dating back to the ninth century .

Our walk takes us back along the Arno near the Ponte di Mezzo and crossing it we find ourselves in Piazza Garibaldi (dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi) considered the gateway to the heart of the city, from here you enter Borgo Stretto (H) of medieval origin that has always played its commercial and under its arcades are still shops, some dating back to ancient shops, of particular historical interest.
In Borgo Stretto is the Church of San Michele in Borgo overlooking the pedestrian path and belonged to the Benedictine monks in the Middle Ages and the Camaldolese.
Later on, finished the arcades of Borgo Stretto, we can turn to the right, Via San Lorenzo, continue for a short distance until you reach Piazza Santa Caterina (I).
On this tree-lined square overlooking the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, the Chiesa di Santa Caterina, a Pisan Gothic building in the Order of the Dominicans and the Palazzo del Seminario .

Returning in Borgo Stretto and turn left along Via Consoli del Mare until you reach another important town square, or Piazza dei Cavalieri (J) (dedicated to the Ordine dei Cavalieri di Santo Stefano, built as a restructuring of pre-existing medieval by Cosimo I the Medici and designed by Giorgio Vasari in the middle of the sixteenth century) ,
In this square insist different buildings: The Palazzo dell’Orologio, two towers, one of which is famous in the history of Pisa to the story of Conte Ugolino della Gherardesca, combined in a single building, the so-called Palazzo della Carovana seat of the Scuola Normale, being renovated building in the Medieval period of Medici and busts on the facade are witness.

Close to Piazza dei Cavalieri you can visit the characteristic Piazza Vettovaglie (K) , in the Middle Ages known as Piazza dei Porci and in the sixteenth century as Piazza del Grano, Piazza Dante Alighieri where university students every evening meet for a beer or for recreation perhaps accompanied by the sound of guitar and some of Via Pasquale Paoli and Via Corsica, the Church of San Sisto XII century in Romanesque style dedicated to the saint of the same name, the ancient patron of Pisa.
Taking Via Martiri, continuing always to our left on Via Cardinal Ferdinando Capponi, we head to visit one of the most famous squares in the world: Piazza dei Miracoli (L).
In the background we see the mass of the Leaning Tower with a height of well over 50 m, a weight that is around 15,000 tons and its characteristic tilt due to land subsidence from the beginning of the factory.
The beautiful Piazza dei Miracoli in its perimeter encloses a lawn beautiful monuments with historical significance but also symbolic of the whole cycle of life, from birth to death.
Its present appearance it must be the architect . Alessandro Gherardesca in the nineteenth century with the demolition of existing buildings .
A little reminder of the monuments that insist on the Piazza dei Mircaoli is a must, although the sequence does not diminish its importance: the Cathedral of Pisa at its factory in Medieval Cathedral in Romanesque style built by Pisano Buscheto in the XI century to honor the victorious enterprises of the Pisan fleet .
The Baptistery twelfth century and later, in Gothic facade , dedicated to St. John the Evangelist, baptismal font inside, The Monumental Cemetery XIII century , in Gothic style with internal cloister , the burial place of famous men Pisa.
Not far away is the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo opened in 1986 using a Xil century building to house relics of the Duomo and Baptistery and the Museum of Sinopie the ancient structure preserves the Sinopie ( preparatory drawings of the frescoes ), which in the past were in the Monumental Cemetery .

Returning to the center of Pisa along the central Via Roma, where we meet the oldest botanical garden in Europe (access is from Via Santa Maria, parallel to Via Roma) .

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