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The Incredible Architecture as Seen in Pisa, Italy

Pisa

Cities and Towns in Tuscany

Believe it or no, describing what it's like to visit Pisa is a tough job.  No doubt, Pisa's Leaning Tower is an Icon and Millions of travelers come here each year.  For many, the fact that it is quite literally a "Mecca" for tourists is a good reason to stay away, however there is a very good reason why Pisa draws the crowds and it might just draw you too!  
 
Let's put it this way, if you go to Pisa from June to September, you will be rubbing shoulders with a lot of people, but the fact of the matter is that Pisa is BEAUTIFUL.  The architecture is a sight to behold and the truth be told, visiting Pisa is A LOT of fun for those that come! 
 
Believe it or not, Pisa began life in about 1000 BC as a seaport. In the 2nd Centure BC, the  Romans used it as a naval station and trading port.  By the 11th Century the city had evolved into a major maritime power, rivalling Genoa, Venice and Amalfi.  The Pisans raided and overwhelmed Amalfi in 1135, putting an end to Amalfi's maratime claims.
 
The Pisans were themselves defeated - by Genoa - in 1284, a defeat which started the City's  steady decline.  That decline was hastened when the River Arno, on whose banks the city stood, began to silt up.  The Florentines took control in 1406 and retained it until the unification of Italy in the 1860s.
 
During its long period of prosperity, much of its wealth went into building some of Italy's most important and monumental buildings.
 
The famously leaning tower is the bell tower of the Duomo whose construction took over 200 years, starting in 1173 AD.  The soil under the Tower started to subside on one side even during construction, and remedial efforts were ongoing up until 1999, when a solution was found.  (Don't ask us what it was.)
 
The tower, the baptistry and the huge Duomo (100 yards long, with a massive nave, flanked by two aisles and 68 monolithic columns, are in the Romanesque style.  The pulpit, considered by many as the most beautiful in Italy, was carved by Giovanni Pisano, who also did much of the carving in the baptistry.
 
They sit together around the Campo dei Miracoli - or "field of dreams", an expansive grassy area.  Most tourists venture no further.  They should.
 
The city boasts one of the oldest universities in the world, and was the birth place of Galileo Galilei.  There are many cafes, trattorie, boutiques and flea markets.  Quality - well, tourist grade.  (If you want a great dinner, save your appetite and travel 15 km north to Lucca).

 

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Pisa and Lucca with Wine Tastings

Our trip will start from Florence and our first stop will be in Pisa, the city worldwide known for its Leaning Tower and for its architectonic masterpieces. Once arrived in Pisa our guide will lead you to the famous Miracles Square explaining the wonders of this square. You will admire The Leaning Tower (exterior), the Baptistery (exterior) and other beautiful monuments before entering inside the Cathedral (interior). At the end of the visit you will have free time for photos and for lunch ( not included) before departing for Lucca.

 

Pisa, Volterra, San Gimignano

This is one of our favourite private tours in the Tuscany region and is a tour offered exclusively by the Italy Group Specialists. Departing from your hotel in Florence, your cruise ship in Livorno or villa in Tuscany, we can pick you up where you tell us to to begin this tour which takes you through some of the most picturesque landscapes in Tuscany and to one of the towns, Voterra, which is at one of the highest points in the region offering spectacular views over the magnificent landscape.

 

The Best of Tuscany from Florence: Volterra & Pisa

This is one of our favourite private tours in the Tuscany region and is a tour offered exclusively by the Italy Group Specialists. Departing from your hotel in Florence, your cruise ship in Livorno or villa in Tuscany, we can pick you up where you tell us to to begin this tour which takes you through some of the most picturesque landscapes in Tuscany and to one of the towns, Voterra, which is at one of the highest points in the region offering spectacular views over the magnificent landscape.

 

Pisa, Volterra, San Gimignano

This is one of our favourite private tours in the Tuscany region and is a tour offered exclusively by the Italy Group Specialists. Departing from your hotel in Florence, your cruise ship in Livorno or villa in Tuscany, we can pick you up where you tell us to to begin this tour which takes you through some of the most picturesque landscapes in Tuscany and to one of the towns, Voterra, which is at one of the highest points in the region offering spectacular views over the magnificent landscape.

 

The Leaning Tower of Pisa & Florence from Livorno with Wine Tastings in Montecarlo

This is a great option for those coming into the port in Livorno who want to see Florence and Pisa, two very important cities in Italy. Our English speaking driver-guide will pick you up at your ship at approximately 08:30 AM (depending on the arrival of your ship) and from here this glorious day will begin. We also have the option to stop at a local Tuscan winery and for you to see some of the best of the Tuscan countryside today.

 

Italian Indulgence - From Milan

Travel, live and eat as the locals do in this 8 day luxury small-group journey which features Venice, Milan, Verona, the Lakes District, Florence, Pisa,Rome and more! Features superior 4* boutique hotels and special gourmet dinners throughout.

 

Italian Indulgence - From Rome

Travel, live and eat as the locals do in this 6 day luxury small-group journey which features Assisi, Venice, Milan, Verona, the Lakes District, Florence, Pisa and more! Features superior 4* boutique hotels and special gourmet dinners throughout.

 

Italian Indulgence - From Venice

Travel, live and eat as the locals do in this 8 day luxury small-group journey which features Venice, Milan, Verona, the Lakes District, Florence, Pisa,Rome and more! Features superior 4* boutique hotels and special gourmet dinners throughout.

 

Rome, Tuscany & The Italian Riviera including the Cinque Terre National Park

This unique and elegant journey begins in Rome and ends on the magnificent Italian Riviera in the beautiful sea-side town of Portovenere. It includes beautiful hotels, wonderful dining experiences in addition to all of the sightseeing tours listed on the itinerary. This tour is one of our most popular tours and a great choice for those looking to enjoy Italy's architectural, gastronomical and natural wonders.

 

Tuscany & The Italian Riviera including the Cinque Terre

This small group tour (max 14 participants) is a fantastic way to discover two of Italy's most beautiful regions: Tuscany & the Italian Riviera. In Tuscany we visit the Chianti wine region and savour the local flavors. On the Italian Riviera, we stay in the town of Portovenere and experience the rich cultural heritage and the beautiful colors of this spectacular coastal region.