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Slow Travel Google Map: Italy, Tuscany, Pisa

Author: GloriaC
Notes: August 2006. Pisa, More than the Leaning Tower! Gloria - Casina di Rosa, who lives in Pisa, wrote detailed notes for touring the city. This map illustrates those notes and shows the walking routes. Read the travel notes. Behind the Tower - Discover Pisa.

Historical Buildings

Arsenale Mediceo

Santa Maria Quarter - Arsenale Mediceo (the Medici Arsenal): The Arsenal is the large bred brick building on the Lungarno Pacinotti only few steps away from the Cittadella. It was built in the 16th century as a shipyard for the powerful Ordine di Santo Stefano. It should become the Maritime Museum with the Roman Ships in 2009.

Bagni di Nerone

Roman ruins: those are the remains of the Roman Thermal Baths, known as Bagni di Nerone (Nero's Baths).

Benedictine Monastery

Sant'Antonio Quarter - the former Benedictine Monasteries, 1393, which now belongs to the bank Cassa di Risparmio di Pisa.

Casino dei Nobili

Santa Maria Quarter - Casino dei Nobili was the place where nobles used to gather, "to kill time" in the 18th century.

Cassa Risparmio di Pisa

Santa Maria Quarter - Neo-gothic building home to a branch of Cassa di Risparmio di Pisa. There are some decorations of Roman origin, which are very beautiful.

Cittadella /Torre Guelf

Santa Maria Quarter - This red brick building with the high tower (from which you can enjoy an amazing view over the centre of Pisa) is what remains of the old Republican Arsenal of Pisa originally called Tersanaia. This tower is lit on the day of the Luminara by a fall of red fireworks as if it was on fire to remember the Florentine assault. It is also known as Cittadella Medicea with the Guelph Tower.

Collegio Ferdinando

Collegio Ferdinando: Via Santa Maria, 102. This is a huge building from the 16th century wanted by Ferdinando I of the Medici family as college. The most interesting part is the entrance, by Vasari, also featuring the statue of Ferdinando I.

Collegio Puteano

Domus Mazziniana

Mazzini's House: Via Mazzini, 71. Mazzini lived in this house and died here in 1872.

Il Campano

Santa Maria Quarter - Il Campano (the big bell) a high tower where there is a bell that used to mark the time of the University lessons.

La Sapienza

Santa Maria Quarter - La Sapienza is now home to the Faculty of Law and to the University Library. Fabulous courtyard of the 16th century. Renaissance style.

Logge de Banchi

Corso Italia - Porticoed building built at the beginning of the 17th century where once were the jails. It once held the wool and silk market, and later the food market. Now it houses the monthly antique market (second Sunday of the month) and the Christmas market.

Ordine dei Cavalieri

Ospizio dei Trovatelli

This simple building called Ospizio dei Trovatelli (the orphans' hospital) is one of the few original buildings of the 1400's. It is very beautiful. There is a door where once there was a wheel used by people who chose to abandon unwanted children. They put the child on the wheel, which was turned and the child was brought inside allowing the parents to remain anonymous.

Palazzo Agostini

Santa Maria Quarter -Palazzo Agostini: This red brick building is one of the oldest and best preserved in Pisa. This 14th century building is interesting for several reasons, among which the fact that is leaning. Visit the Caffe dell'Ussero founded in 1794 and very popular among the artists of the city. This bar was the meeting place of Italian patriots and intellectuals from the University of Pisa. Among the most famous of the frequent visitors were Giusti, Fucini, Guerrazzi, Montanelli, Abba, Panzacchi and Carducci.

Palazzo Alla Giornata

Santa Maria Quarter - Palazzo Lanfranchi or Alla Giornata: This white marble building on the Lungarno, few steps after Piazza Carrara is the building of the "Rettorato", the building which houses the offices of the Rettore (the President) of the University of Pisa. This beautiful building belonged to the Lanfranchi family and is known as "Palazzo alla Giornata" (16th century) because of the mysterious writing on the facade "alla Giornata", literally "by the day", probably related to the payments made by the Lanfranchi family to the builders during the construction of the building: they were allegedly paid by the day.

Palazzo Arcivescovado

Palace of the Archbishop... not bad, I promise.

Palazzo Chiesa

San martino Quarter - This palazzo was destroyed during World War II but a plaque commemorates the fact that the English poet P. B. Shelley lived here until his death in Viareggio.

Palazzo Gambacorti

Corso Italia - Beautiful noble palace called Palazzo Gambacorti (14th century); it was built according to the style in fashion in Venice at the time.

Palazzo Lanfranchi

San Martino Quarter - This palazzo houses the many exhibitions organized in Pisa.

Palazzo Medici

San Francesco Quarter - The Pisan home of the Medici family before they had the Royal Palace built. They chose to leave this building for the new Royal Palace because it was haunted!

Palazzo Roncioni

San Francesco Quarter - it was one of the most powerful Pisan families' home. Looking for more ghosts? Isabella Roncioni, loved by Foscolo, lived here. Their sad love story inspired the character of Jacopo Ortis. Not happy yet? Then you should also look for Vittorio Alfieri's (he was a guest in this palace and he played his famous Saul here in 1795) or Madame De Stael's ghosts (she was a guest here in 1815-16). The Roncioni family had their own dock: you can still use it to go on the riverboat tour!

Palazzo Toscanelli

San Francesco Quarter - White building with a 16th century facade ascribed to Michelangelo himself. Looking for a ghost? Well, Lord Byron lived here in 1821-22. The legend says that he would climb the stairs riding his horse and that he spent hours writing in the dark underground rooms. Now it is home to the National Archive.

Palazzo dei Templari

San Martino Quarter - Palazzo dei Templari (Templars' Palace)

Palazzo dell'Orologio

Santa Maria Quarter - Palazzo dell'Orologio (the Palace of the Clock)is the library of the Scuola Normale Superiore, but it is interesting especially because it was built connecting two medieval towers, Torre della Giustizia and Torre dei Gualandi. This latter, on the right, is also know as Torre della fame (Tower of hunger) or Tower of Count Ugolino. The legend says that he was left to starve here with his children, whom he ate. The building was built by the Vasari as hospital.

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Palazzo della Canonica

Santa Maria Quarter - Palazzo della Canonica was used to be the residence of the Knights.

Palazzo della Carovana

Santa Maria Quarter - Palazzo della Carovana was designed by Vasari in 1562 and it's home to the Scuola Normale Superiore created by Napoleon.

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Royal Hotel Victoria

Santa Maria Quarter - the "historical memory" of Pisa, the Royal Hotel Victoria which over the centuries hosted many famous people including Dickens, Ruskin, Dumas, Pirandello and many others. On its facade there is a beautiful sundial built in 19th century and on the building next door, there is a plaque that commemorates the place in which Garibaldi was cured when he arrived wounded in Pisa on November 8th, 1862.

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Sant'Anna

San Francesco Quarter - the other important University in Pisa, the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna.

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Teatro Verdi

San Francesco Quarter - Teatro Verdi hosts every year a number of great shows: prose, opera and ballet.

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The city hall

Lungarno Gambacorti - Palazzo Gambacorti is one of the most beautiful noble buildings built by the powerful Pisan families on the Lungarni. It faces the river and Ponte di Mezzo (literally, the middle bridge). Pietro Gambacorti had it built at the beginning of the 14th century and the tradition says that he was killed here, on the doorstep in 1393.

Torre della Verga d'Oro

Santa Maria Quarter - The Royal Palace has a tower, called Torre della Verga d'Oro. It is said that Galileo used this Tower to show the stars to the Granduchi.

Tower House

Santa Maria Quarter - The best preserved example of a Pisa Tower House.

Tower Houses

San Francesco Quarter - Typical medieval buildings, narrow and tall: over 10,000 of them were built in the 12th and 13th century, to avoid using too much ground area and to be more easily protected. They are to be found everywhere in the centre. The most famous one is in Via Santa Maria at the corner of Via Volta, but there are also many near Piazza delle Vettovaglie. They demonstrate the glorious past of medieval Pisa as the undisputed capital of the Western World.

Ufficio Fiumi e Fossi

San Martino Quarter - The Garden of the Ufficio Fiumi e Fossi is the only private garden on the Lungarno. It is said that here was the house of Count Ugolino, destroyed after his betrayal. The ground was cursed and it was prohibited to build in this area.

Churches

Madonna dei Galletti

Santa Maria Quarter - Church of the Madonna dei Galletti: a little church elaborately decorated, which is interesting because of the big Triumphal Arch leading to the Altar, which is believed to be the "Porta Aurea" from the original Roman wall of the city. The "Porta Aurea" was the city gate through which the Roman and Pisa military leaders passed on their departure and return from battle.

Chapel of Saint Agata

Sant'Antonio Quarter - Little octagonal chapel just behind San Paolo a Ripa d'Arno. It dates back to the 11th century, when the Pisans had it built to celebrate their victory over the Palermitans.

Chiesa di San Giorgio

Chiesa di San Giorgio dei Tedeschi built in 1317 and inside there is a very beautiful wooden Cross of the 13th century.

Chiesa di San Giuseppe

Church of Saint Antonio

Church of Saint Benedict

Sant'Antonio Quarter - Little chuch dating back to the year 1393.

Church of Saint Nicola

Santa Maria Quarter - if you think that the only leaning thing in the city is the Tower, you are very wrong. This 14th century church is worth seeing. It leans heavily and it has a beautiful bell tower. You are now on Via Santa Maria.

Church of Saint Vito

Santa Maria Quarter - Little church on the spot where on June 17th, 1161, San Ranieri, Patron Saint of Pisa, died.

Church of San Domenico

Corso Italia - Church of San Domenico, part of a convent of Dominican nuns. The little church was built in the 14th century by Pietro Gambacorti for his daughter, the blessed Chiara

Church of San Francesco

SAn Francesco Quarter - A magnificent church. The facade, which is in Piazza San Francesco, is totally different from the rest of the church: it was added in the 17th century, whereas the church was built in the 13th century and it has many resemblances to San Domenico in Siena. The floor and the walls are full of very rich tombs and sarcophagi. Next to the church there is a convent with a very beautiful 14th century cloistered court: Francesco da Buti, first commentator of Dante's Divina Commedia is buried here.

Church of San Frediano

Santa Maria Quarter - Now the University Church, but it was built in the 10th century. Not to be missed.

Church of San Martino

1332

Church of San Matteo

San Francesco Quarter - One of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the city.

Church of San Michele

Simple and amazing.

Church of San Sepolcro

San Martino Quarter - If you are looking for the atmospheres of the DaVinci Code, you have to visit this mysterious and beautiful church. The architect Diotisalvi built it for the Templars according to what was believed to be the shape of Christ's sepulcher. If you go there, take a look at the well by the vestry: the tradition says that this was the well from which Saint Ubaldesca got the miraculous water. Moreover, on the floor there is Maria Mancini's tombstone: she was the Sun King's lover.

Church of San Silvestro

San Francesco Quarter - The Church of San Silvestro was built in the 11th century and the big building beside it, which used to be a convent, is now a University dormitory and it housed the first Scuola Normale Superiore in 1813.

Church of San Sisto

Santa Maria Quarter - Church of the 11th century: this is one of the oldest churches in Pisa and inside a piece of the Koran is preserved.

Church of San Zeno

San Francesco Quarter - One of the most interesting sights in Pisa, this church, now a museum, is the oldest in Pisa. It was built before the year 1000, probably on an older paleochristian church. It is very charming and mysterious, especially considering that it has witnessed the historical events in Pisa over the past 20 centuries!

Church of Sant'Andrea

San Francesco Quarter - This church is now a theatre. The legend says that Pier delle Vigne is buried here, but nobody knows for sure.

Church of Santa Caterina

San Francesco Quarter - The church of Santa Caterina of Alessandria is one of the oldest in town. It was built in 1250 with the convent close-by, which in now a seminary with a library where many precious and very ancient volumes are preserved. In the church there are many works of art that really deserve a visit.

Church of Santa Cristina

Sant'Antonio Quarter - very ancient church, Santa Cristina and opposite, there are the ruins of an old building. That was the house where Saint Catherine of Siena lived in Pisa and in the Church of Santa Cristina she received the stigmata.

Church of Santo Stefano

Santa Maria Quarter - Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri. In the church there are several flags conquered during fights with pirates. Interesting also is a statue by Donatello.

Oratorio di San Rocco

San Michele degli Scalzi

The church of San Michele degli Scalzi is also nice, and of course, the bell tower is... leaning!

San Paolo a Ripa d'Arno

Sant'Antonio Quarter - the beautiful church of San Paolo a Ripa d'Arno standing in a tree lined square and a very nice garden. This is one of the most beautiful places in Pisa, and every traveler should stop here. Legend says that on the riverbank here, Pier delle Vigne, a very famous poet, committed suicide after the false accusation of betrayal by his lord Frederick II. San Paolo a Ripa d'Arno was founded in 803 and it is also known as Duomo Vecchio (Old Cathedral).

Santa Maria del Carmine

Corso Italia - The side walls are original from the 14th century, while the facade belongs to the 17th century. The statue in the square represents Nicola Pisano and was made by Salvini in 1826.

Santa Maria della Spina

Sant'Antonio Quarter - This little white church is a real Gothic jewel.

church of San Pietro

San Francesco Quarter - The church of San Pietro in Vinculis, is also very old and interesting. It has a very short bell tower that was most likely cut by the Florentines.

Restaurants/Cafes

Alle Bandierine

San Francesco Quarter - Le Bandierine is a fantastic spaghetteria where it is possible to have fresh pasta with many different sauces.

Alle Bandierine
Via Mercanti 4 - 56100 Pisa (PI)
tel: +39 050 500000

Borgo Largo

Borgo Largo - or Via Oberdan. This commercial street, which is the contination of Borgo Stretto, doesn't have porticoes. But take a look at the size of the windows of the building on the right! They are huge!

Corte di San Domenico

Corso Italia - Corte di San Domenico is a shopping mall. The building in Corso Italia is a beautiful building in liberty style, built in 1911 by the architect Studiati.

Good ice-cream

Good ice-cream and an internet caffe in Piazza Cavallotti. If you love antiques, on the corner with Via dei Mille there is an excellent shop. And for old books, then Libreria Vallerini in Via dei Mille is what you are looking for.

La Pergoletta

Excellent restaurant. Very romantic in the courtyard. Ask for a table there if you go. A bit pricy but well worth it.

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Nando Pizzeria

Corso Italia - it's a take away, and the best place to try the Pizza Pisana and of course Cecina, a sort of polenta, made with chickpea flour. To be eaten with pepper and with or without focaccia.

Osteria dei Mille

Osteria dei Mille is another good restaurant near the Leaning Tower. It has airconditioning too. Besides there is the best place to get a Cappuccino in Pisa, La Casa della Panna.

Osteria dei Santi

Good Restaurant in via Santa Maria. Osteria dei Santi.

Osteria di Culegna

San Francesco Quarter - One of my favourite restaurants in town. They reinterpret Italian cuisine.

Osteria di Culegna
Via R. Fucini 10 - 56100 Pisa (PI)
tel: +39 050 576426

Piazza Dante

Santa Maria Quarter - Piazza Dante: This large open square is the heart of the University life in Pisa. Most students choose the bars opening on this square for their lunch break. Moreover on the day of the Luminara, this square becomes the heart of the Street Party after the fireworks.

Piazza del Mercato

Santa Maria Quarter - Amazing vegetable market. You have to see this! Plus, there are excellent restaurants here, such as Il Campano, Osteria del Porton Rosso and Osteria Santomobono.

Piazza delle Vettovaglie

Santa Maria Quarter - the medieval heart of Pisa. Piazza delle Vettovaglie hosts many nice shops, bars and restaurants. Look up! The buildings are amazing examples of real Middle Age architecture. The little streets suffocated by the tall buildings bear witness of the long history of Pisa.

Pubs

Several pubs here: Irish and Scottish pub side by side.

Salza

The best pasticceria (pastry shop) in the city! If you sit outside and the waiter comes and takes your order it is more expensive, but it is no doubt well worth the money.

Gardens

Botanic Garden

This is the entrance to the Botanic Garden of Pisa, the oldest in Europe.

Giardino Scotto

San Martino Quarter - Giardino Scotto (the Scotto Garden)is a fortified area also known as Fortezza Nuova, (the New Fortress) and it was built by the Florentines after the conquest of Pisa 1406. Now it is a public garden and a great outdoor space for concerts and outdoor cinema.

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Uffici Fiumi and Fossi

This is the only private garden on the Lungarno. It is said that here was the house of Count Ugolino, destroyed after his betrayal. The ground was cursed and it was prohibited to build in this area.

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Monuments

Abundance

San Francesco Quarter - This is a column in the middle of Piazza Cairoli with an allegorical figure, "Abundance", made by Pierino da Vinci, Leonardo's grandson.

Kinzica dei Sismondi

Via San Maritono n.19 - admire the little statue of Kinzica de' Sismondi. Actually, this is a piece of a Roman sarcophagus, but the tradition says that it represents Kinzica. This young pisan heroine is said to have saved the city from a Saracen incursion while most of the Pisan army and fleet were out driving the infields of Reggio Calabria (1005).

La Pera

San Martino Quarter - On the corner between Via San Martino and Via La Pera, there is a white sculpture which looks like a "pear": it's an ancient Etruscan funeral stone. Walk in the little square also known as Piazza La Pera (Piazza Gambacorti): it has been recently renovated and it is amazing. Look up, remember?!

Madonna dei Vetturini

beautiful wooden alto-relievo of the Madonna dei Vetturini by Nicola Pisano, which was once in the little Chiesa della Spina.

Monumental Cemetery

Statue of Cosimo I

Santa Maria Quarter - The square was renovated in the 16th century by the Medici family after the Order of the Knights of Saint Stephen was created. Cosimo I of the Medici family wanted this square to be wonderful and a symbol of strength and power. The statue in the middle (1596) represents him and it is located on the Fontana del Gobbo.

The Baptistery

The Cathedral

The Knowledge Gate

Santa Maria Quarter - "Porta della Sapienza" (the Knowledge Gate): it was put there on the 650th anniversary of the founding of the University of Pisa.

The Leaning Tower

What else there is to say?!

Museums

Museo Opera del Duomo

The museum which preserve most treasures which were once in the cathedral (duomo).

Museo San Matteo

San Francesco Quarter - Museo Nazionale di San Matteo is a must see. Besides being an amazing structure it houses one of the best collections of sacred art in Italy. Here you can admire one of the few paintings of the Holy Virgin still pregnant.

Museo delle Sinopie

Palazzo Reale

Santa Maria Quarter - The Royal Palace. Very simple but huge building built between 1583 and 1587: Francesco I of the Medici family had it designed by Buontalenti for his family, who spent much time in Pisa to escape the hot weather in Florence. Since the Medicis spent so much time in Pisa, the Palace hosted many important events and famous people. This tradition continued under the Savoia family's reign. Now the Royal Palace is home to the Soprintendenza dei Beni Culturali, the national institute responsible for the preservation of archaeological and artistic treasures but also for the preservation of the city structures and buildings. The Palace is also home to a beautiful gallery, which features important works of art including some paintings by Raffaello and Canova.

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Parks

Le Piagge

The green heart of Pisa. It is a nice park along the river, where many people go to exercise and to walk their dogs, or just to hang out in the shade. In May, it hosts the very nice flower festival immediately followed by the Fair of Sant'Ubaldo.

Public Services

24 h Pharmacy

The only 24 hours pharmacy in town... but will not need it!

Central Police Station

San Francesco Quarter - This is the central police station. If you have get in any trouble you must report it here.

Central Post Office

Open Monday to Friday 8 am - 5 pm; Saturday 8 am - 1 pm.

ER and Univ. Hospital

The entrance to the Emergency room is either on Via Pisano or from the square with the gate Porta Nuova.

Market

Tiny tiny market on Wednesday and Sunday morning.

Palazzo dei Congressi

San Francesco Quarter - Faculty of Economics and the Conference Centre of Pisa.

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The Fire Brigade

If you need to call the fire brigade dial 115

Tickets office and WC

Two essential things... the ticket office and the restrooms.

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Tourist Information

Veterinary Sciences

Faculty of veterinary sciences, they have a clinic open in the morning.

Sights

Borgo Stretto

Borgo Stretto is a street. This is the most elegant street in Pisa. The most expensive shops and boutiques are here, under its arches. There are some nice bars too, and the best pastry shop ever: Salza. Try it out!!! During the Christmas period, a little square in Borgo Stretto hosts a Christmas market where you can buy Christmas decorations and Statues for the Nativity Scene (Presepe).

City walls

Pisa is amont the cities with the best preserved city walls.

Galileo Galilei house

The house where Galileo Galilei was born.

Keith Haring Mural

Massive mural by Keith Haring from 1989

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Lungarno Gambacorti

Sant'Antonio Quarter - The Lungarno Gambacorti has a number of incredibly beautiful buildings. Many of them are a perfect example of the typical Pisan Tower Houses, which were cut off by the Florentines after they conquered the city.

Lungarno Mediceo

San Francesco Quarter - This marker signals the beginning of Lungarno Mediceo which continues until Ponte della Fortezza.
This part of the Lungarno has a long history and it was one of the most popular areas in the 18th and 19th century. If you are looking for ghosts, this is your place!!!

Lungarno Sonnino

Sant'Antonio Quarter - This stretch of Lungarno between the bridge and the Porta a Mare City Gate (literally Gate leading to the sea), hosts two of the most interesting buildings in Pisa.

Medieval streets

Sant'Antonio Quarter - This area has preserved the medieval structure. Take a walk!

Ponte Solferino

Sant'Antonio Quarter - The best spot to see the fireworks on the night of the Luminara (June 16).

Ponte della Cittadella

End of Sant'Antonio Quarter - Bridge with remains of the mechanism which allowed navigation withing Pisa.

Ponte della Vittoria

Crossing Ponte della Vittoria, you are back in Mezzogiorno, and in particular in the historical quarter of San Martino.

Ponte di Mezzo

This bridge is the place where the Gioco del Ponte takes place. Its name means the Middle Bridge.

Porta Nuova

Porta Nuova: a city gate.

Porta a Lucca

City walls and the gate is called Porta a Lucca.

Porta a Mare

Sant'Antonio Quarter - Porta a Mare, a city gate, is perfectly preserved, the Florentines entered Pisa at the beginning of the 14th century and conquered the city.

Porta dei Leoni

Porta dei Leoni, the Lions' Gate, one of the older city gates.

The Jewish Cemetery

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Torre dell'Orologio

Palazzo dell'Orologio, with the clock that still represents a reference point for all the people who go out for the evening struscio in Corso Italia. There is a webcam up there!

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Via San Martino

This street is reminiscent of Siena.

Via Santa Maria

Via Santa Maria, the street which leads to the Leaning Tower and home to many Humanistic Faculties.

Via delle 7 Volte

Santa Maria Quarter - Via delle Sette Volte (street of the seven vaults), a little medieval street running under 7 vaults.

Squares

Piazza Cairoli

San Francesco Quarter - Also known as Piazza della Berlina, it was where people were pilloried. It is very lively now because it houses a very popular bar: Amaltea. It is very crowded when it's warm outside.

Piazza Carrara

Santa Maria Quarter - Piazza Carrara itself is just a large parking lot, but it is surrounded by many noble buildings built in the 18th and 19th centuries and a statue representing Ferdinando I of the Medici Family (1594) occupies the center of the square. In this square there is one of the oldest theatres of the city of Pisa, the Rossi Theatre built in 1770. It is presently undergoing renovations.

Piazza Cavallotti

Where Via Santa Maria opens is called Piazza Cavallotti. There is an internet point and an excellent ice-cream shop. From here on, walking towards the river, restaurants are "safe", i.e. not too expensive or touristy.
The building I pinpointed is Palazzo Boileau, home to the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures where I teach! =o)

Piazza Garibaldi

Santa Maria Quarter - Piazza Garibaldi: This square is very popular. It is in the exact centre of the city, and in fact the bridge opposite the square is called Ponte di Mezzo, the middle bridge. The statue in the square is of Garibaldi. The square is always very crowded and it is one of the gathering points in Pisa: from April to July it is packed with students going to the bars that open onto the square and sitting on the Lungarno walls. Moreover, in this square you can find the best ice-cream shop, La Bottega del Gelato: don't miss it!

Piazza La Pera

San Martino Quarter - Ok, this square, known as Piazza la Pera, even if it is actually Piazza Gambacorti, has a special place in my heart. Apart from being extremely beautiful, and surrounded by medieval buildings, I lived here for 6 years! All my University years were spent here, so this was my first home in Pisa!

Piazza Martiri

San Francesco Quarter - Piazza Martiri della Liberta is an amazing large square is one of the green spots in Pisa. There are many big trees, which make it one of the nicest places in town especially when it is very hot. The monument in the square is dedicated to Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena.

Piazza San Paolo

San Francesco Quarter - lively square, home to the biggest cinema in Pisa, Cinema Odeon.
Note!!! Several great restaurants are in the area!!!

Piazza VIttorio Emanuele

Piazza Vittorio Emanuale - Elliptical square, quite chaotic because of the traffic. There will soon be a major underground parking garage and the central Post Office is located here. The buildings in the square are neo-gothic in style and were built with the square in 1872 after the demolition of part of the city walls and the old Gate of San Giulio.

Piazza dei Cavalieri

Santa Maria Quarter - the second most beautiful square in town. Actually, my favourite. It is amazing, with the beautiful buildings which now belong to one of the most prestigious universities in the entire world, the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Enjoy the sights. It was the location of the old Roman Forum and heart of the political power during the Pisan Republic.

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Transportation

Airport parking lot

The multilevel parking lot.

Bus Station

Central Bus station.

Car rental pick up spot

Airport car rental pick up spot.

Parcheggio del Brennero

Park and Ride, but... most important... the city market is here every Wednesday and Saturday morning!!! In this satellite image, I can actually see the stalls!

Pisa Airport

Pisa Airport Galileo Galilei. Bus n.1 to get here!

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Pisa Areoporto Station

Pisa Aeroporto Train Station. Much easier by bus, but if you want to go to Florence, trains leave directly from here. Plus there are Terravision buses too.

Pisa Centrale

The central train station. From here to the tower: bus n.1 Via Pietrasantina. From here to the airport bus n.1 Aeroporto.

San Rossore Station

San Rossore Train Station, minor train station but perfect to go to Lucca. Only 20 minutes by train from here. Some trains that stop here also go to Florence, Pistoia and Montecatini Terme.
To go to Florence it is better to leave from Pisa centrale where the faster trains stop.

Tower parking lot

Pay parking. This is the biggest parking lot near the tower. All the streets around it allow parking but it is pay parking. The free parking lot is on the other side of the railway.

Via Lucchese

Road to Lucca

Via Pietrasantina

Huge parking lot - Park & Ride Via Pietrasantina. It is free and you can walk to the tower in less than 10 minutes. If you prefer, the bus n.1 stops here, turns around and goes to the airport passing by the Leaning Tower, and you can get off few meters away from the Campo dei Miracoli for 85 cents instead of paying 2 euros per hour in the pay parkings closer to the monuments.

Walking Route 1

Corso Italia

Corso Italia walking tour.

San Francesco Quarter 2

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San Francesco Quarter 3

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San Francesco Quarter

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Walking Route 3

San Martino Quarter

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Santa Maria Quarter 2

The Itinerary in Santa Maria continues!

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Santa Maria Quarter 3

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Santa Maria Quarter

This is a walking tour of the most popular area of the city... at least during the day time! The Leaning Tower is here and the University buildings are scattered all around this quarter.

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Walking Route 4

Sant'Antonio Quarter

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