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Things to Do and See in Pisa

Pisa is popular for its leaning bell tower, but there are a lot more to see in this site of rich cultural heritage and historical significance.

Walk through the impressive Knight’s Square and marvel at its grand facade. In the church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, you can see the bust by Donatello, paintings by Vasari, Jacopo Ligozzi, Alessandro Fei, and Jacopo Chimenti da Empoli. It also houses the ancient spoils of wars between the Cavalieri Knights and the Turks.

In the Church of St. Francis, feast your eyes on the grant paintings and works by Jacopo da Empoli, Taddeo Gaddi and Santi di Tito. The Church of San Frediano, dating back to 1061, shows the works by Ventura Salimbeni, Domenico Passignano, Aurelio Lomi, and Rutilio Manetti. You can also walk through the Borgo Stretto, where there are medieval arcades.

Have a look at the Medici Palace, where once ruled the great Appiano family, in 1392–1398. You will also find in Pisa the Orto botanico di Pisa, which is the oldest botanical garden in the University. Scour through the Palazzo Reale, where Galileo Galilei demonstrated the telescope to the Grand Duke of Tuscany. The former town hall Palazzo Gambacorti is a Gothic building from the 14th century. Here you can see magnificent frescoes of Pisa’s sea victories.

Pisa also has several exciting museums such as the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo that showcases the original sculptures of Nicola Pisano and Giovanni Pisano. The Museo delle Sinopie exhibits the Sinopias from the monumental cemetery. Go to the Nazionale di S. Matteo to see sculptures and painting from the 12th –15th centuries.

If you are looking for a youth hostel in Pisa, the My One Hotel Galilei is spacious and elegant and equipped with the most modern amenities. It is very close to the Pisa International Airport and has a restaurant serving excellent food and a nice bar.

Another youth hostel in Pisa is the chic La Pace with its unique style of architecture, spacious surroundings and stylish furnishings. This hotel is just ten minutes away from the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the historic city centre.

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