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Pisa: Piazza del Duomo

Posted by on December 17, 2013

Today I continue my short round trip by train through Italy with destination Pisa. In the morning I was unlucky, because the train was cancelled and I had to wait for more than an hour for the next train. The trip to Pisa took almost 2 hours with local trains. A long trip, but the scenery looks beautiful.


Santa Maria della Spina along Arno River

Pisa is famous because of the leaning tower located at Piazza del Duomo. First notable thing is that this place is extremely crowded and walking on the grass isn’t allowed. Although many people ignore the supervisors. Many guided tours that visit the place and the souvenir shops for an hour and then continue by bus. Despite that I have to admit that the Baptisterium, Duomo and leaning tower of Pisa are wonderful and certainly worthwhile to visit!


Piazza del Duomo in Pisa

After visiting this attraction I wondered if Pisa had more to offer. Honestly this was quite disappointing. I walked through Borgo Stretto, along Arno River, some churches and visited the Botanical Gardens, but that was not very special. So finally I went back to the leaning tower of Pisa where I had a ticket to enter the tower at the end of the afternoon. A guide joins the group and tells information while climbing the stairs. From the top of the tower you have a nice view over Pisa with in the far distance the mountains.


View from the leaning tower of Pisa to Piazza del Duomo

In the evening and night Piazza del Duomo isn’t so crowded anymore and it’s a good moment to take some photos. Further the nearby Via Santa Maria is the place to be. Many tourist stroll around to find a restaurant or bar for a drink.


Pisa seen from the leaning tower


Where did I stay?

For a hotel I searched on I looked for cheap hotels or hostels with good reviews and at locations not too far from the city centre. In Pisa I found a hotel at the edge of the city centre of Pisa:

  • Hotel Soggiorno Athena, Pisa. The hotel is located only 10 minutes walking from Piazza del Duomo and with bus stop next to the hotel. Nice room, but unfortunately with a cold shower in the evening. €55 for the room and €5 for breakfast.



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