Weekend in Pisa: discovering the tourist attractions of the city

We propose in this page a more complete itinerary, so that you can appreciate it more calmly our city.
The route that we describe, as well as including the classic visit to Piazza dei Miracoli, that no matter how wonderful and unforgettable, it is not enough to represent the colors and fragrance steeped in historic cities, offers a visit to the museums and monuments of Pisa as well as suggest relaxing walks, shopping, nightlife and entertainment.
Spend to visiting Pisa at least a weekend it seems the least if you want to visit Pisa and its leaning tower only.

Morning: Piazza dei Miracoli, Sinopias Museum , the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Piazza dei Cavalieri
Afternoon: Corso Italia and Borgo, aperitif before dinner
Evening: pubs and wine bars between Piazza Garibaldi, the square of Vettovaglie and Berlina

Once in Pisa the first step required is certainly Piazza dei Miracoli with the Leaning Tower, the Dome and the Baptistery .
The monument that has made our city famous bell is a uniqu , high about 58 meters, in Romanesque style .
The Tower of Pisa is known for its inclination, which often made ​​me fear the worst for this and has been systematically subjected to controls and work .
Designed by the architect Diotisalvi from 1174, is immersed in the Campo dei Miracoli.
In Piazza dei Miracoli is possible to admire the other two wonders of Pisa, the Dome and the Baptistery.
The first is a cathedral in Romanesque style, with a Latin cross. The interior is accessible to tourists thanks to the package proposed visits Opera Primarziale Pisa , Piazza gestiste entity that is characterized by five naves and contains elements of classical, Byzantine and Islamic. Outside one can admire multicolored marbles and countless frames. The Baptistery is instead a celebration of monumentality. White marble imperious with innumerable decorations. Its cylindrical structure puts even more emphasis in its magnificence.
On the other side of Piazza Duomo is the Museum of Sinopie and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. The first contains precisely the sinopie or designs used by artists to realize their frescoes. Impress the works of Gaddi Di Puccio and Veneziano. The second one, located nell'antistante Piazza Arcivescovato, seat of the diocese , exhibits the works at one time contained in the other buildings of the Piazza del Duomo.
From Piazza Arcivescovato you can easily reach through Via Santa Maria, Piazza dei Cavalieri describes perfect geometries nestled between the marble Normal School , the Chiesa dei Cavalieri and the Palazzo dei Priori.
After a lunch break we suggest one of the many restaurants or taverns center offering fine Tuscan cuisine, you can dedicate the afternoon to stroll through the elegant shops of Borgo Largo, Borgo Stretto and Corso Italia.
Walking in this view of the city take the opportunity to visit churches and historic buildings too often forgotten by careless tourists, like the Chiesa di san Michele in Borgo Stretto, with its frescoed crypt and its coverage in huts and just past the Ponte Mezzo, Gambacorti palace, the town hall, with the nearby Clock Tower.
Proceeding in Corso Italia to the Post Office building , located in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele you can admire the church of San Domenico.
In this area you will be spoiled for choice to enjoy at dusk, an excellent aperitif and then spend the evening in a local place, between the bustling Piazza Garibaldi, Piazza delle Vettovaglie and Piazza della Berlina, the three vertices that describe the triangle of Pisa by night .

Morning: museums and places in the city center
Afternoon: Certosa di Calci and viale delle Piagge
Evening: Viareggio

You may start your second day in Pisa enjoying a good breakfast in one of the bakeries in the center and then go on to Lungarno Pacinotti, right in Piazza Garibaldi , and Lungarno Medici, to the left of Piazza Garibaldi, you can visit two important museums: Palazzo Reale and San Matteo museum.
It is the prelude to a morning that, in the tour of Pisa, it is advisable to devote to art . In the Palazzo Reale Museum you can admire paintings, frescoes, ceramics , tapestries and armor of the gentlemen who in the course of time there have been the guide of the city of the Tower : the Medici, Lorraine, to the Savoy.
It is recommended to lengthen the course, crossing the nearby Ponte Solferino and taking to the right, the Lungarno Gambacorti for the small but much admired Chiesa della Spina, white and shining in his marble .
From this crossing the Ponte di Mezzo to Lungarno Medici and you can admire the National Museum of San Matteo, everything about the place is reserved Medieval art : sculptures, paintings and ceramics with even a glimpse of the oldest evidence of Tuscany : the Etruscan .
From here it is easy to reach Piazza Santa Caterina, large and full of centuries-old trees, this square houses, in addition to the famous Cinema Theatre Lux, the Church of Santa Caterina, with exterior Gothic marble and brick bell tower .
Into Via San Zeno, before the arch, you can admire the Church of San Zeno, which stands on the ruins of old Roman settlements.

An itinerary to discover a monument a little less known, but of great artistic value, it is advisable to visit the Certosa di Calci, which is reached by car or by bus leaving Piazza Sant'Antonio .
Is home to the Museum of Natural History, University of Pisa , with interesting zoological collections and mining.

Back in Pisa, before the evening , we recommend treating yourself to a relaxing stroll along the Viale delle Piagge, immense avenue lined with gymnastic routes and at the side , the river Arno .

Tour in the province: Caprona , Vicopisano, San Miniato, Volterra if you have car or visiting the city of Lucca, approachable by train or bus.
Caprona , reachable via Ghezzano , worth a visit the superb Torre Upezzinghi, a copy of an ancient castle destroyed by the Florentine Guelphs in 1433 , during the wars with Ghibelline Pisa . The devastating fury of the lily should be read in the context of the historical period : who controlled the area Vicopisano , whose territory is Caprona , controlled the territory between the Arno and the southern part of the Monti Pisani .

Vicopisano, medieval town that still breathes the air of the past : many towers for civilian or military use, such as the Tower of Salvation, one of the Fortress and the Clock . And still others , for a total of 9 superb constructions . Also the magnificent Palazzo dei Vicari , with its prisons and its instruments of torture. Also in Vicopisano you can admire the Church of St. James and St. Andrew 's Church in Hazel , both Romanesque .
During the month of September Vicopisano relive the glories of the Middle Ages with a historical re-enactment .

San Miniato , the center is easily reachable by SGC FI.PI.LI. , it also medieval city , it has its poles of attraction in the church and convent of San Francesco, in the Cathedral of pottery decorated with games arranged as the constellation Ursa Major and the Ursa Minor , the Municipal Palace , the church of San Domenico , Palazzo Formichini and the Convent of Santa Chiara. Known throughout the world for being the city 's Theatre, San Miniato is also called the City of the White Truffle , delicacy to which , every year , between October and November , is dedicated to a festival. So do not go away empty-handed from San Miniato , you face rather good supply of truffles.

Volterra , the city of alabaster and final stage of the tour of Pisa. Craft workshops alabaster and turn it into any object immersed in the beautiful scenery lanes, churches like the Cathedral all in pure Romanesque style and the Baptistery of San Giovanni , museums such as the medieval and dedicated alabaster and civic buildings . Heart of Volterra is the central Piazza dei Priori with the homonymous palace now houses the town , on the façade are placed the arms of the families who have made ​​the history of this attractive town.

Other interesting attractions:
Parco di Migliarino San Rossore
Museo Piaggio a Pontedera
Oasi LIPU Massaciuccoli

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