One of the most fascinating cities in Tuscany, Pisa is of course famous for a truly iconic landmark, the wonderful and unique Leaning Tower of Pisa. However, there is much more to see and do in this ancient medieval city, and it is surprisingly easy to get to. Pisa airport is just a few minutes from the centre of the city, and is the perfect place to pick up a hire car after booking it on our easy to use website. Car rental Pisa airport gives you much more freedom to plan your visit, and enables you to travel to many of the fine cities in the region.
The main attraction of Pisa can be found in the Square of Miracles, a designated World Heritage site, where the famous Tower and adjacent cathedral are situated. Surrounded by a lush green lawn and occupying a site on the fortified city walls, the cathedral and its bell tower – the Leaning Tower itself – are the iconic image of this beautiful and historically important city, and are quite spectacular when viewed up close. No visit to Pisa can be complete without climbing the steps of the magnificent Tower and enjoying the views from the many galleries within.
Also of importance in Pisa is the university, which dates back to the 12th century. Pisa has always held status as a place of learning and continues to do so to this day. There are many students in the city who swell the ranks of the population, and who also give it a somewhat lively feel in the evenings. The Piazza dei Cavalieri is the main square in Pisa, and here you can relax in a traditional cafe while enjoying a coffee, while the many excellent restaurants in the city serve typical local Tuscan fare.
By the banks of the River Arno stands the magnificent Medici palace, one of the city’s most important old buildings, while the river is lined with magnificent architecture that gives the city the feel of days of old. This is a place where you can explore wonderful old narrow lanes and find delightful architecture where you least expect it, and enjoy a stroll across one of the many ancient bridges over the river.
A short walk from the Square of Miracles is the often-missed Botanical Garden of Pisa, and it really should form part of your visit. This superb attraction is excellent for families and offers a chance to view some rare natural wonders. Like many Tuscan cities there is so much to do in Pisa that it is not possible to cover it all in one day, and the surrounding region also offers plenty of scope. By hiring a car you could take a drive to the coast, not far from the city, or even make the short trip to glorious Florence, one of the most important cities of the renaissance era. But, most of all, don’t miss the splendid leaning tower!