Journey to Pisa
Discover the beautiful and historic Tuscany city beyond the famous Leaning Tower
At the merest mention of Pisa thoughts inevitably turn to a notoriously tilted medieval construction but there is far more to this beautiful and historic Italian town than the Leaning Tower alone.
Situated ten in Tuscany, north-west Italy and kilometres inland of a bay of the Tyrrhenian Sea where the Arno and Serchio rivers meet, Pisa was already a well-established town by the time the Romans colonised it in 180BC. In subsequent centuries Pisa's favourable location established the city as an important trading centre and maritime port and by the Middle Ages Pisa's naval fleet had proven its might in numerous conflicts with neighbouring towns and cities, going on to participate in the Crusades.
In the fourteenth century Pisa gained its university and found a new prosperity and reputation as a seat of learning and culture; something that the city retains to this day.
The result is a city that is a joy to explore, thanks to a rich legacy of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the cultural buzz and colour that a thriving student community brings, a host of impressive galleries and museums and some beautiful public parks and gardens. Not forgetting, of course, the iconic architectural anomaly present by the curiously-listing bell tower of Pisa's magnificent cathedral…