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Overview - Pisa Livorno Destination

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Overview

The Leaning Tower and Beyond

Pisa lies along the river Arno a mere 10km away from the coast and just 25km from the Cruise Port of Livorno. It is no more than 20 minutes away from Livorno by train and, naturally, one of the top destinations for cruise travelers calling at this port of Tuscany. Legend has it that Pisa was founded be the Greek Pelopes and other missing Greek soldiers who came to Italy following the battle of Troy. Another theory is that the original settlers were Etruscans or Ligurians, but there is no definitive proof of either theory.

When thinking of Pisa most people associate the city with the Tower of Pisa and its famous lean. The Piazza dei Miracoli, where the tower leans, is as famous as the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Cemetery. This city is known as the place where modern sculpture began and you can see some of those works in Pisa today.

Piazza del Miracoli Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Piazza del Miracoli in Pisa

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Pisa attracts romantic poets with its beauty, traditions of tolerance and temperate climate - both Byron and Shelly called Pisa home. The artistic side lends itself to being very environmentally sound and the people of Pisa treasure their natural landmarks like the Environmental Park of San Rossore and the Orto Botanico.

Pisa’s beauty will win over anyone’s heart. Make sure you leave plenty of time to explore the city and enjoy the historic building and their surroundings. The people of Pisa love to play host and will make your travels fun and exciting.

Main Attractions

The cruise traveler visiting Pisa on a shore excursion organized by the cruise line will not spend more than a couple of hours in the historical city and will only have time to see the top attractions on Piazza dei Miracoli - namely the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Cemetery aka Camposanto.

However, if the cruise ship traveler wishes to explore these sites with more time, specially if you wish to climb the leaning tower, then it is advisable to travel to Pisa on your own and explore other attractions such as two fabulous museums (the Museum of Sinopias and the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo) and the Piazza dei Cavalieri with three beautiful landmarks. You will even have the opportunity to explore off the beaten track sites such as the Orto Botanico (Botanical Garden), religious sites like the Chiesa di Santa Maria Della Spina, the Chiesa di Santa Caterina or the Synagogue. If art is on your must see list, the National Museum of San Matteo deserves a visit.
For a selection of the Must See Sites and Highlights - Explore Pisa Highlights.

Shopping and Lunching

Pisa is far from being a particular interesting shopping town. In fact, unless the cruise traveler is exploring the city on your own, and walking to or from the train (or bus) station, it is unlikely that you will pass by any of the main shopping streets - Via Oberan and Via Italia. Around the Piazza dei Miracoli, the visitor will only find endlessly lined stalls with typical souvenirs - basically, Leaning Towers and more Leaning Tower of all sizes, colors and materials.
For a selection of the best Shops - Explore Pisa Shopping.

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Lunch al fresco in Pisa

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Considering that the shore excursions organized by cruise lines do not spend more than a couple of hours in Pisa, the cruise traveler will not really have much more than 30 to 45 minutes of free time to peruse shops or stop by a cafe to enjoy a quick bite. But if exploring the town on your own, then do not miss lunch al fresco in very nice restaurants away from the typical touristic areas. Close to the Piazza dei Cavalieri you will find one of the best restaurants in Pisa (Osteria dei Cavallieri) and not far, on Via Obredan, the cruise traveler will stumble upon very nice places to enjoy traditional Tuscan recipes. Insider's tip: look out for side streets as you may come across hidden tables like the ones of La Grotta, one of the Editor's favorites.
For a selection of the best Restaurants - Explore Pisa Restaurants.

Sightseeing

Obviously, if the cruise traveler is on a shore excursions organized by the cruise line, the sights that you will see are set and you will have to stick with these. By contrast, whilst exploring Pisa on your own, the cruise traveler should contemplate a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. The main stop is located next to the Piazza del Miracoli, right in front of the Museum of the Cathedral, and will take you all around Pisa highlighting the mot interesting sites.

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Sightseeing Bus

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Tourist Office

Tourist Information Offices

Railway Station Area
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, 16
Opening Hours: every day from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Leaning Tower
Piazza del Duomo
Opening Hours: every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm

Be Aware: both offices close on 25 December. However, on December 24 and 26; and on January 1 and 6 it will be open from 09.30am to 3.30pm.

Website: www.comune.pisa-it

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Basics

Money Matters

ATM's

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ATM in Pisa

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The cruise ship passenger will find ATM's close to the main tourist sites and on main commercial streets.

Haggling

Unless you are in dealing with street vendor, which is illegal in Italy and can get you in trouble, haggling will not take you far in normal shops.

Tipping

Tipping is not expected like in the USA, as service staff is paid a normal salary and have all sorts of benefits. However, a 'keep the change' kind of tip will be appreciated for good service.

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Last Update: July 9, 2016

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