Pisa Holidays

Pisa

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Set at the confluence of the Arno and Serchio rivers as they reach their end in the Ligurian Sea, Pisa's history has always been attached to the water. No one is quite sure when Pisa was founded, but Virgil mentioned it as a city of antiquity in his Aeneid and Etruscan remains have been discovered here as well.

The Romans colonised Pisa in 180 BCE. The city soon rose to prominence as a port, continuing to grow even after the fall of the Roman Empire. Pisa passed peacefully through the hands of the Byzantines and the Lombards as it went about its commercial business. In the 11th century, the power of Pisa was such that it began to look outside its borders, conquering Carthage and Corsica, and defeating Genoa to become a real force in the Mediterranean.

In the 15th century, Pisa fell under the control of Florence and the powerful Medici family, and subquently the arts and sciences flourished here thanks to heavy investment, particularly at the university. Galileo Galilei was born here in 1564. Although his family moved to Florence while he was still a child, the philosopher, physicist, and mathematician returned to his home city in 1589 to become head of mathematics at the prestigious University of Pisa. It was during his time there that he is rumoured to have conducted his famous gravitational experiments by dropping objects from the leaning tower.

Despite heavy bomb damage in the Second World War, the city’s main attraction, the Piazza del Miracoli, survived almost completely intact as visitors today can see for themselves.

It is easy to think of Pisa as nothing more than the home of the leaning tower, but this Tuscan city offers a lot more than just a glimpse of the askew architectural masterpiece. So take a flight to Pisa and enjoy the Romanesque architecture, green parks, luxury shops, and food and wine fit for the Medici. Also with a holiday in Pisa, if you ever bore of the city’s charms, you can explore the beautiful Tuscan countryside, visit the artistic mecca of Florence or take in the wine region of Chianti.

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NH Cavalieri

4 stars
4.0 / 5 12 reviews
The 4-star NH Cavalieri is located in the center of Pisa, in front of the train station. The hotel is easily reachable from the Galileo Galilei Airport, which is 10 minutes away and the shuttle stop is in front of the hotel. The property has modern rooms, which offer an internal or external view. They are equipped with desk, safe and free Wi-Fi connection and bathrooms, with make-up mirror and complimentary toiletries. City tax of 2 euro per night per person.
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Bologna Hotel Pisa

4 stars
4.3 / 5 15 reviews
Hotel Bologna surely one of the most prestigious in Pisa - occupies a stylish, typically Tuscan palazzo in the historical centre of the city. The central but sheltered street on which the Hotel is located is just 500 meters from the train station. The Cathedral (Duomo), the main thoroughfare (Corso) and all of the principal tourist sights can be easily reached on foot. The nearest motorway exit is the A12 Pisa cent, while the exit from the regional highway that links Florence, Pisa and Livorno is just 3km away. Guests with cars can take advantage of the Hotel's inner courtyard to park their vehicles securely. Throughout your trip, you will be given a special permit that allows you to access streets where traffic limitations are in force. the hotel also provides facilities as airport transfer, bar, business center, conference facilities, currency exchange, disabled facilities, doctor on call, internet access-high speed, internet access-wireless, lift/ elevator, lobby, parking facilities-at cost, reception, room service-24hrs, safe deposit box, secretarial devices.
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Leonardo Hotel Pisa

3 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews
Hotel Leonardo is only 500 m. away from the famous Leaning Tower, it is located in the heart of Pisa, between the Arno riversides and Piazza Dei Cavalieri. Ancient and ducal residence, this building has been recently renewed and refurbished with modern comforts. It hosts every year hundreds of people coming from all over the world with the aim of satisfying all customer's requirements. Hotel Leonardo offers relax and quietness. Its management tries constantly to keep a high level of the services provided. Family run hotel supported by a professional staff always at customer's disposal. The historical building in which Hotel Leonardo was born in 1998, has been restored maintaining the more precious Tuscan architectural characteristics. This 3 star Hotel in Pisa's heart, is easily reachable by bus or taxi. In walking distance you can discover the most important and famous monuments, churches and squares. For a longer stay, detailed information about trips around Pisa will be provided by the Reception staff which will contact some authorised tourist guide on request. The roperty also offers Internet access wireless, Internet access-high-speed, lift/ elevator, lobby, non-smoking rooms, reception, room service, safe deposit box and luggage storage.
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La Pace Hotel Pisa

3 stars
4.1 / 5 11 reviews
Hotel La Pace - Pisa's most stylish 3-star accommodation establishment - offers you the warmest of welcomes. The hotel intention is to provide you with an unrivaled level of service in a unique architectural context. Hotel La Pace - Pisa's most stylish 3-star accommodation establishment - offers you the warmest of welcomes. The hotel intention is to provide you with an unrivaled level of service in a unique architectural context. The spacious layout of the hotel and the tastefulness of the furniture and furnishings are luxuries that you are sure to appreciate. Moreover, you are sure to be impressed by the dedication of the staff members, who will be delighted to help you throughout your visit by giving you reliable recommendations on the best that the city and the surrounding area has to offer. The location of Hotel La Pace is such that one can reach all of Pisa's main tourist attractions on foot. Situated just 50 meters from the central railway station, the Hotel is the ideal base for the stay in Pisa. Only 1km away from the International Airport and from the world-famous Leaning Tower, the Hotel can be reached easily by taking the "Pisa Centro" exit on the A11 highway. The light and airy en suite guest rooms are tastefully furnished, and benefit from all of the following features: Wi-Fi connectivity, pay TV, satellite TV, air conditioning and telephone. The Hotel also offers a TV room with a large-screen TV, an American-style bar, communal areas, Internet connection points and a shuttle bus. The various amenities provided are airport transfer, bar, conference facilities, currency exchange, doctor on call, dry cleaning, wireless internet access, laundry service, lift/elevator, lobby, parking facilities-at cost, pets allowed, reception, room service, safe deposit box, tour desk and luggage storage.
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Alessandro Della Spina Hotel Pisa

3 stars
4.0 / 5 8 reviews
This superior three-star hotel is located in a converted villa in the heart of Pisa, just a stone's throw from the train station, in an exclusive, peaceful district.The airport and conference center are no more than five minutes ride away. Better still, the hotel is a very short walk from the historic banks of the River Arno and the San Matteo National Museum, while Cisanello and the motorway exits are also within easy reach.The hotel complex offers internal parking and has a delightful garden. Amenities are Room service, Bar, Internet access Wireless, Lift / Elevator, Non-smoking rooms, Parking facilities, Luggage storage, Reception and Doctor on call. Parking ( at cost ) is subject to availability. Internet at payment by cable in the rooms and wireless in the public areas.
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Grand Hotel Bonanno Pisa

4 stars
4.0 / 5 9 reviews
The new Grand Hotel Bonanno is a prestigious four stars with 89 rooms all equipped with air conditioning, Sky TV, mini-bar, hair dryer and safe. Furthermore the hotel has a free private parking area, perfect if you travel in Tuscany.
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Di Stefano Hotel Pisa

3 stars
3.3 / 5 3 reviews
The Di Stefano family has founded and has been managing the Hotel since 1969, always with a focus on offering their guests quality, friendliness, warmth and services suitable for every type of stay, for professional people traveling for work, families with children on holidays, etc. Parking is available at 25.00 per day.
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Relais Dell'Orologio

5 stars
5.0 / 5
The Relais Dell'Orologio welcomes its guests in an elegant and exclusive setting thus at the same time preserving the warmth and tradition of a family run hotel. Its 21 rooms of different typologies, from Classic to Presidential Suite, are all furnished with precious antique, and have astounding and fascinating finishing touches. Within the Hotel there is a romantic garden, which enables to have breakfast in the open air, parties and meetings in a truly suggestive surrounding. The Relais also has a conference room, which can hold up to 50 people, ideal place for both private and business meetings. The hotel amenities are: airport transfer, banquet facilities, bar, concierge, conference facilities, doctor on call, internet access-wireless, laundry service, lift / elevator, lobby, non-smoking rooms, parking facilities-at cost, reception, restaurant, room service, room service-24 hrs, safe deposit box.
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Abitalia Tower Plaza Hotel Pisa

5 stars
4.2 / 5 6 reviews
The 5-star hotel raises in Pisa. It stands very close to the Natural Reserve of San Rossore and offers amazing view on the Leaning Tower.The hotel also includes a Relax Area with Turkish Bath and fitness facilities. Outside, a swimming-pool (seasonal) with whirpool. Guests will be surprised by the magnificent terrace with Bar where enjoying the Leaning Tower view. The Abitalia Tower Plaza has 121 rooms among which fashion and glamourous suites. From most of the rooms guests can enjoy the breath-taking view of the Leaning Tower, which is within walking distance from the hotel: Piazza dei Miracoli and the city centre are just hundreds metres away.Meeting rooms are 6, including a 250-square-metre meeting hall, plus 5 of varying size. All them can be arranged in different ways, equipped with the best audiovisual aids to fulfil even the most demanding requirements.At guests disposal free access to the outdoor swimming pool (seasonal), free of charge wi-fi connection and parking. Other amenities providing by the property are Dry cleaning, Reception, Safe deposit box.
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Relais Dei Fiori

2 stars
4.5 / 5
The "Relais Dei Fiori" is a historic residence achieved with the restoration of an ancient manor dating back to the end of the 19th century, even today it offers the atmosphere of the Art Nouveau, and there it is possible to spend very pleasant holidays without missing the warmth of ones own home. The Relais has 12 rooms of different classes, from the Superior to the Executive, all equipped with all major comforts: air conditioning, satellite TV LCD , direct dialling telephone, safe , mini bar.The floral decor, typical of the Liberty style, is the common thread which brings together all the rooms, although preserving their own uniqueness The reception of Relais dei Fiori is open from 2.00pm to 10.00pm, at different time for information and check in can contact our sister Hotel- Hotel Relais dell' Orologio, via della Faggiola 12 Pisa tel number +39050830361
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Hotels

Pisa Hotels

Nightly rates from €81.46

NH Cavalieri

4 stars
4.0 / 5 12 reviews
The 4-star NH Cavalieri is located in the center of Pisa, in front of the train station. The hotel is easily reachable from the Galileo Galilei Airport, which is 10 minutes away and the shuttle stop is in front of the hotel. The property has modern rooms, which offer an internal or external view. They are equipped with desk, safe and free Wi-Fi connection and bathrooms, with make-up mirror and complimentary toiletries. City tax of 2 euro per night per person.
Nightly rates from €90.00

Bologna Hotel Pisa

4 stars
4.3 / 5 15 reviews
Hotel Bologna surely one of the most prestigious in Pisa - occupies a stylish, typically Tuscan palazzo in the historical centre of the city. The central but sheltered street on which the Hotel is located is just 500 meters from the train station. The Cathedral (Duomo), the main thoroughfare (Corso) and all of the principal tourist sights can be easily reached on foot. The nearest motorway exit is the A12 Pisa cent, while the exit from the regional highway that links Florence, Pisa and Livorno is just 3km away. Guests with cars can take advantage of the Hotel's inner courtyard to park their vehicles securely. Throughout your trip, you will be given a special permit that allows you to access streets where traffic limitations are in force. the hotel also provides facilities as airport transfer, bar, business center, conference facilities, currency exchange, disabled facilities, doctor on call, internet access-high speed, internet access-wireless, lift/ elevator, lobby, parking facilities-at cost, reception, room service-24hrs, safe deposit box, secretarial devices.
Nightly rates from €79.55

Leonardo Hotel Pisa

3 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews
Hotel Leonardo is only 500 m. away from the famous Leaning Tower, it is located in the heart of Pisa, between the Arno riversides and Piazza Dei Cavalieri. Ancient and ducal residence, this building has been recently renewed and refurbished with modern comforts. It hosts every year hundreds of people coming from all over the world with the aim of satisfying all customer's requirements. Hotel Leonardo offers relax and quietness. Its management tries constantly to keep a high level of the services provided. Family run hotel supported by a professional staff always at customer's disposal. The historical building in which Hotel Leonardo was born in 1998, has been restored maintaining the more precious Tuscan architectural characteristics. This 3 star Hotel in Pisa's heart, is easily reachable by bus or taxi. In walking distance you can discover the most important and famous monuments, churches and squares. For a longer stay, detailed information about trips around Pisa will be provided by the Reception staff which will contact some authorised tourist guide on request. The roperty also offers Internet access wireless, Internet access-high-speed, lift/ elevator, lobby, non-smoking rooms, reception, room service, safe deposit box and luggage storage.
Nightly rates from €84.00

La Pace Hotel Pisa

3 stars
4.1 / 5 11 reviews
Hotel La Pace - Pisa's most stylish 3-star accommodation establishment - offers you the warmest of welcomes. The hotel intention is to provide you with an unrivaled level of service in a unique architectural context. Hotel La Pace - Pisa's most stylish 3-star accommodation establishment - offers you the warmest of welcomes. The hotel intention is to provide you with an unrivaled level of service in a unique architectural context. The spacious layout of the hotel and the tastefulness of the furniture and furnishings are luxuries that you are sure to appreciate. Moreover, you are sure to be impressed by the dedication of the staff members, who will be delighted to help you throughout your visit by giving you reliable recommendations on the best that the city and the surrounding area has to offer. The location of Hotel La Pace is such that one can reach all of Pisa's main tourist attractions on foot. Situated just 50 meters from the central railway station, the Hotel is the ideal base for the stay in Pisa. Only 1km away from the International Airport and from the world-famous Leaning Tower, the Hotel can be reached easily by taking the "Pisa Centro" exit on the A11 highway. The light and airy en suite guest rooms are tastefully furnished, and benefit from all of the following features: Wi-Fi connectivity, pay TV, satellite TV, air conditioning and telephone. The Hotel also offers a TV room with a large-screen TV, an American-style bar, communal areas, Internet connection points and a shuttle bus. The various amenities provided are airport transfer, bar, conference facilities, currency exchange, doctor on call, dry cleaning, wireless internet access, laundry service, lift/elevator, lobby, parking facilities-at cost, pets allowed, reception, room service, safe deposit box, tour desk and luggage storage.
Nightly rates from €90.00

Alessandro Della Spina Hotel Pisa

3 stars
4.0 / 5 8 reviews
This superior three-star hotel is located in a converted villa in the heart of Pisa, just a stone's throw from the train station, in an exclusive, peaceful district.The airport and conference center are no more than five minutes ride away. Better still, the hotel is a very short walk from the historic banks of the River Arno and the San Matteo National Museum, while Cisanello and the motorway exits are also within easy reach.The hotel complex offers internal parking and has a delightful garden. Amenities are Room service, Bar, Internet access Wireless, Lift / Elevator, Non-smoking rooms, Parking facilities, Luggage storage, Reception and Doctor on call. Parking ( at cost ) is subject to availability. Internet at payment by cable in the rooms and wireless in the public areas.
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Flights to Pisa

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
Barcelona Pisa Sun 27 Apr - Sun 4 May Check rates
London Pisa Tue 6 May - Tue 13 May €129
St Petersburg Pisa Sun 27 Apr - Sun 4 May Check rates
Dublin Pisa Thu 19 Jun - Tue 24 Jun €284
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Pisa highlights

  • Take a Stroll in the Park

    Like a green artery flowing out of central Pisa, Le Piagge takes you along the Arno River, away from the crowds of the city. This tree-lined avenue runs for over a mile from Ponte della Vittoria to Ponte delle Bocchette. A popular route for joggers and dog-walkers, as you walk Le Piagge make sure to pop in to the Church of San Michele degli Scalzi, home of the city's second leaning tower. After the walk, you will be pleased to see the park as you reach the end of the path and, better still, there is a bar at the entrance with a terrace overlooking the river, the perfect spot to recharge the batteries.

    Cool Down with Some Gelato

    Gelato is a Tuscan institution, believed to have been invented by the Florentine Bernardo Buontaleni, a chef working for the court of the Medici. While Florence has a huge number of ice cream shops, the Pisa locals are always happy to proclaim their own superiority when it comes to this refreshing treat. Made slightly differently than regular ice cream, gelato contains less sugar, but this certainly doesn’t mean less taste. Ice cream parlours abounding with brightly coloured tubs of gelato are not hard to find, so travel away from the hordes around the tower, specifically on Piazza Garibaldi, to enjoy your Italian ice cream in peace.

    Take Something Chic Home

    Shopping in Pisa is not limited to the eye-boggling amount of leaning tower-related souvenirs hawked in the Piazza del Miracoli. The main thoroughfare for commerce is Borgo Stretto, which starts from Piazza Garibaldi. A wooden statue of the Holy Virgin marks the beginning of this pretty street lined with arches whose history stretches as far back as the Middle Ages. Originally home to humble merchants, it steadily built up to what it is today: an upmarket shopping area complete with lavish arcades leading off the central street. There are bars and cafes too, as well as pastry shops offering biscotti, the biscuits for which Piso is famous. In winter Borgo Stretto hosts a Christmas market, and it was on this street that Galileo Galilei himself was born.

Top Pisa attractions

  • The Leaning Tower

    There is no getting away from it – Pisa is a city defined by its major landmark, the Leaning Tower. And no matter how many pictures you see of this monument that tilts to the side, the real thing never fails to surprise and impress in equal measure. Pisa's most famous son, Galileo, made his early experiments with gravity here and the tower has been poking fun at that most universal of forces since it was completed in the 14th century. Major restoration work in the 1990s has given it a helping hand, arresting the tower's slowly increasing tilt. It now stands at an angle of around four degrees. Be aware that the work has also raised awareness about the need to preserve the tower and limit visitor numbers. Tourists are taken up in 30-strong groups and you must book in advance. You will be given a time slot for your 35 minutes to climb the 300+ steps to the top. It is not the easiest trek, but the views of the rolling Tuscan hills when you get to the top make it well worth it.

    Pisa Cathedral

    The Duomo di Pisa is overshadowed—literally as well as in terms of visitor numbers—by the more famous Leaning Tower, but it is a sight not to be missed. Just yards from the tower in Pisa's resplendent Piazza del Miracoli or square of miracles, the cathedral was begun as long ago as the 11th century. Built in the Romanesque style, it was almost destroyed by fire in the 16th century, which ended up heralding a new birth for the building, as the best Renaissance artists of the time were charged with restoring it. Inside, visitors will enjoy works by Andrea del Sarto, Giambologna, and a famous pulpit by Giovanni Pisano.

    Botanical Gardens

    As well as being great patrons of the arts, the famous and some might say infamous Medici family were strong supporters of both botany and education. In the 16th century, Cosimo I de'Medici combined both of these when he moved the city's botanical gardens to a site beside the University of Pisa. As a result, Pisa became the first university to have botanical gardens and the students were given the chance to experiment with the exotic species Medici was keen to see planted. Now the gardens are a great spot for a peaceful stroll and boast trees planted more than 200 years ago.

Pisa holiday travel tips

  • To and From Pisa

    Galileo Galilei Airport serves Pisa and lies just outside the city, so catching a flight to Pisa is a breeze. Although it’s possible to walk into town in less than half an hour, if you don’t want to trudge in with your luggage in tow, buses, taxis and trains are on hand to transport you the short distance. By bus the journey should take 15 minutes and tickets can be bought at the airport information desk.

    If you are combining your trip to Pisa with a tour of other Italian cities, you may want to make use of the country’s excellent train service. Pisa is on the Rome—La Spezia line, and trains run throughout the day to Livorno, Lucca, and Florence, which is just over an hour away. Services to Rome and Genoa are also frequent and all services leave from the city's main station, Pisa Centrale.

    Getting Around Town

    Pick up a cab from a rank outside one of the main tourist attractions or ask your hotel in Pisa to book one on your behalf. Taxis are metered but are not cheap, so thankfully a shared service is offered between the airport and the city centre.

    Kiosks and train stations sell tickets for the useful and economical bus service, run by the CPT company, which covers Pisa. From the CPT terminal in Piazza Sant’Antonio you can get longer distance buses; it will take you 45 minutes to get to Livorno, but for further afield you should stick to the train.

    Consider Pisa car hire to explore the beautiful Tuscan countryside and nearby cities like Florence. Although there are traffic restrictions in the city's historic centre, it is small enough to get around on foot and, if not, a park and ride system also operates.

Where to stay in Pisa

  • The Abitalia Tower Plaza Hotel is a modern hotel that boasts fantastic views of the city's best-known attraction, the leaning tower. This five-star establishment sits alongside the idyllic San Rossore nature reserve. Centuries ago, the Medici hunted here, but now the area is a protected zone for a wide variety of flora and fauna. The hotel’s 121 rooms come complete with satellite television, air conditioning, and wi-fi Internet access. Amenities include a Turkish bath and spa as well as an outdoor swimming pool. The terrace bar is the best place to enjoy the view of the tower, which is within walking distance.

    If you are planning to rent a car for your stay in Pisa, the Bologna Hotel is the place for you. Not only are guests allowed to park in the hotel's inner courtyard, they also have the privilege of a pass that allows them to access streets in the centre of Pisa where traffic is restricted for most vehicles. The Piazza del Miracoli, the city's other central landmarks and the main train station can be reached on foot.

    A charming period property in the heart of Pisa, the Hotel Relais Dell'Orologio offers more than 20 luxurious rooms. A family-run hotel, its emphasis is on great service as well as faultless decor, with a wonderful secluded garden perfect for breakfast al fresco.

    Set in the picturesque Tuscan countryside, the Orchidea B&B Palaia Hotel is an ideal rural retreat. And for those wanting to sample some city life, Pisa and Florence are both within an hour's drive of the historic villa.

Pisa restaurants

  • If it’s no-nonsense Pisan cuisine that you’re after, you’ll find it in abundance at Trattoria San Omobono (Piazza S. Omobono 6). In a unique location surrounding a column that dates back to Roman times, this Pisan favourite serves delicious home-cooked dishes at excellent prices, including smoked fish, roast beef, and tagliatelle.

    The name of this great little place—Vineria di Piazza (Piazza delle Vettovaglie 12/14)— gives you a clue as to what the speciality is. The wine list is at least as important as the menu, and the restaurant’s ambience creates a great atmosphere for a relaxed meal.

    Despite the similar sounding names, Pisa cannot be claim to be the birthplace of pizza, but Pizzeria Il Montino (Vicolo del Monte 1) certainly provide diners with an authentic feel for one of Italy's best-known exports. The chickpea pizza or cecina is always a favourite, and the ramshackle appearance just adds to the restaurant’s charm.

    The wonderfully atmospheric dining room of La Mescita (Via D. Cavalca 2), is always busy, a tribute to the standard of the food it serves up. Though the menu changes monthly, diners can count on the quality of the pasta, fish and meat dishes on offer, as well as a good range of beers and wines.

Health & Safety

  • Health and Hygiene

    There are no obligatory vaccinations for a trip to Pisa. Recommended vaccinations include boosters in the vaccination schedule, such as polio, tetanus, pertussis, measles, and diphtheria. If bitten by an animal you deem suspect, particularly in the north-east of the country near the Austrian and Slovenian borders, seek treatment for rabies. Tick-borne encephalitis is also a risk in the countryside between spring and autumn. For children, it is advisable that the MMR injection be administered before travelling.

    The water is drinkable. The health infrastructure is excellent, but before departing from home make sure you secure a European Health Insurance Card.

    Safety and Security

    Petty crime does exist in tourist areas, so keep in mind the following:

    - Be discreet with valuable items like electronics or jewellery
    - Do not leave any important documents or valuables (like mobile phones) in vehicles
    - Refrain from walking unaccompanied at night or in darkened areas
    - Refrain from accepting drinks or food offered in bars.

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