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Your Pisa holiday

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 Pisa

NH Pisa

Piazza Stazione 2, Pisa
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mediterranean Institute of Linguistics Pisa and Pisa Royal Palace. Leaning Tower and National ...

Grand Hotel Bonanno

Grand Hotel Bonanno

Via Carlo Francesco Gabba, 17, Pisa
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museum of Mathematical Instruments, Leaning Tower and Pisa Royal Palace. Cathedral of Pisa ...

Grand Hotel Duomo

Grand Hotel Duomo

Via Santa Maria 94, Pisa
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is steps away from University Hospital of Santa Chiara, Leaning Tower and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. Piazza dei Miracoli ...

Hotel Bologna

Hotel Bologna

Via Mazzini 57, Pisa
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palazzo Blu and Pisa Royal Palace. Knight's Square and National Museum of San Matteo are ...

Royal Victoria Hotel

Royal Victoria Hotel

Lungarno Pacinotti 12, Pisa
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palazzo Agostini, Pisa Royal Palace and Knight's Square. Leaning Tower and National Museum ...

Hotel San Ranieri

Hotel San Ranieri

Via Filippo Mazzei, 2, Pisa
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Pisa hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Cisanello Hospital, Congress Palace and ENEA. National Museum of San Matteo ...

Hotel Terminus & Plaza

Hotel Terminus & Plaza

Via Colombo, 45, Pisa
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mediterranean Institute of Linguistics Pisa, National Museum of San Matteo and Pisa Royal ...

Hotel Galilei

Hotel Galilei

Via Darsena 1, Pisa
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Via Iacopo Arrosti, Leaning Tower and Pisa Royal Palace. Knight's Square and Piazza dei Miracoli ...

Villa Tower Inn

Villa Tower Inn

Via Bonanno Pisano 62, Pisa
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral of Pisa, Leaning Tower and Camposanto. Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and Piazza ...

Hotel Astor

Hotel Astor

Via A. Manzoni, 22, Pisa
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Domus Mazziniana and Pisa Royal Palace. Knight's Square and National Museum of San Matteo ...

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