Best things to do in Pisa and sightseeing in Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa - Pisa
Had read about the legendary tower in childhood history books. Then to actually stand in front of the leaning tower was certainly thrilling. We had booked the entry into the tower in advance. They gave a small presentation about the tower before we took the 300 odd steps to the summit. and once on top the views of the city was worth the effort. Visit this place for its history and the legend.The tower could be reached either by a bus from Pisa centrale station or one can stroll through the narrow lanes of Pisa. After going around the buildings around the complex we relaxed a bit on grass lawn in front of the statue of 'Fallen angel'.
Born as an Etruscan port on the banks of the Arno River around the middle of the 6th century B.C., Pisa is much more than the famous Leaning Tower. Known as Pisae, a Roman colony, the settlement displayed some Ligurian and Etruscan influence. After the end of the Roman Empire, this was a port town of great importance for the Goths’, the Longobards and the Carolingians too. In the 11th century, a further development transformed Pisa into one of the most powerful Italian Maritime Republics, together with Genoa, Venice and Amalfi. In this period the buildings that made Pisa famous were begun: the Duomo, the cathedral’s bell tower and the well-known Leaning Tower. Because of their peripatetic nature, Pisans brought long-forgotten ideas of science, architecture and philosophy back to Europe from their trade travels. Pisa’s great variety of architectural styles in its monuments is testament to their exposure to different people, cultures and artistic concepts and to their willingness to blend and harmonize external influences into new and original forms of expression. It was here that the refined Pisan-Romanesque style was born – Pisa’s permanent legacy to the world’s art, and where Galileo, one of the world’s greatest physicists and astronomers, and Leonardo Fibonacci, the great mathematician, were born, studied and taught. It can also add its renowned University established in 1343 to its hall of fame, as it remains today one of Italy’s top schools.
Namaste India Ristorante - Pisa
We had come to know about this place while researching about places to eat in Pisa. Then read some great reviews in tripadvisor. We visited this place last week and must say the reviews were all correct. The food was great. The owner Mr.Velupandian Devar was simply superb to talk with. He narrated stories about some of his exciting experiences in food business. Namaste India ristorante is located close to Pisa Centrale staion. Actually we walked there from station and then walked up to the tower. Overall a authentic place to eat Indian place. You may give this place a try if you are in Pisa.
Piazza Garibaldi - Pisa
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 the square 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!