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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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Grand Hotel Continental

Grand Hotel Continental

Largo Belvedere 26, Pisa
4.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (4 reviews)

Located in Tirrenia, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Luna Park and Sunlight Park. Tirrenia Golf Club is 1.6 mi ...

€155

€155
Hotel Verdi Pisa

Hotel Verdi Pisa

Piazza della Repubblica, 5, Pisa
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in San Francesco, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro Verdi and National Museum of San Matteo. Knight's Square and Pisa Royal Palace are also ...

€55

€55
NH Pisa

NH Pisa

Piazza Stazione 2, Pisa
4.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (24 reviews)

Located in the heart of Pisa, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Body Center and Pisa Royal Palace. Leaning Tower and National Museum of San Matteo are ...

€88

€88
Grand Hotel Bonanno

Grand Hotel Bonanno

Via Carlo Francesco Gabba, 17, Pisa
4.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (7 reviews)

Opened in January 2006, this modern three-floor hotel is located in a quiet area just under a kilometre from the Leaning Tower and historic centre of Pisa, and ...

€81

€81
Hotel Galilei

Hotel Galilei

Via Darsena 1, Pisa
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (5 reviews)

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

€91

€91
Green Park Resort

Green Park Resort

Via dei Tulipani 1, Pisa
4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Set in a century-old five-hectare pine forest, this tranquil resort between Pisa and Livorno lies across the street from a sandy beach running along the Tyrrhenian ...

€114

€114
Hotel San Ranieri

Hotel San Ranieri

Via Filippo Mazzei, 2, Pisa
4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (14 reviews)

This family-friendly Pisa hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Cisanello Hospital, Palazzo dei Congressi, and Pisa Convention Center. Leaning ...

€93

€93
Hotel Bologna

Hotel Bologna

Via Mazzini 57, Pisa
4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (14 reviews)

Located in Sant'Antonio, 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 also ...

€132

€132
Camping Village Torre Pendente

Camping Village Torre Pendente

Viale delle Cascine 86, Pisa
1.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Located in the heart of Pisa, this caravan park/campground is within 1 mi (2 km) of San Rossore Hospital, Leaning Tower, and Cathedral of Pisa. Camposanto and ...

€136

€136

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