Siena is located in a strategic position which allows tourists to reach multiple Tuscan cities.
Pisa is one of them. The city is famous for its leaning tower and it’s definitely a place you don’t want to miss when visiting Tuscany. Here’s our suggested itinerary for your day trip to Pisa.
HOW TO GET TO PISA:
The best mean of transportation to get to Pisa from Siena is the train, which takes approximately 2 hours. All train rides to Pisa feature a train change in Empoli. The train ticket costs 10,80€. For further information, visit the Trenitalia website.
WHAT TO VISIT:
The fundamental thing to visit is definitely Piazza dei Miracoli, where you will find some great examples of Pisan art: the Tower, the Baptistery, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Cemetery called “Camposanto”. Piazza dei Miracoli is included in the World Heritage UNESCO Sites because of its beauty and uniqueness. Since the Etruscan Age it has been regarded as a religious site, as the three main structures symbolize the fundamental phases of one’s life: Birth (Baptistery), Life (Cathedral) and Death (Camposanto).
CATHEDRAL OF SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA: Despite being struck by the great fire of 1956, many works have been spared, such as:
- the Mosaic featuring San Giovanni Evangelista (1302) by Cimabue
- the Pulpit by Giovanni Pisano (1302-1310)
- Reliefs by Gianbologna’s students
- Works by Beccafumi and Andrea del Sarto.
Tickets: (source: http://www.pisatour.it/dettaglioItinerarioFull.asp?Id=35)
The entrance inside the Cathedral is free but you have to collect the entrance ticket at the cash desk, and it is valid for a maximum of two people. The purchase of a ticket for another monument or museum in the square gives you access to the Cathedral for free.
1 monument/museum: euro 5,00
2 monuments/museums: euro 7,00
3 monuments/museums: euro 8,00
4 monuments/museums: euro 9,00
Possible choices: Baptistery, Camposanto, Opera del Duomo Museum, Sinopie Museum.
Ticket reductions for families and student groups are available.
BAPTISTERY: The building was entirely changed by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, who added more gothic elements during the 13th century. The Pulpit by Nicola Pisano (1255-1260) displays some scenes of Christ’s life on 5 panels, whereas the columns represent the Virtues.
LEANING TOWER: It was built in 1173 and its particular shape is due to the non-perpendicular land underneath it. 55mt high, it is inclined 5° southward. If you want to admire the view from the top of the tower then wear comfortable shoes and be ready to face the 294 steps!
Tickets for the Leaning Tower: 18€ (no reductions). You can purchase your tickets online or at the booths in Piazza dei Miracoli.
CEMETERY: “Camposanto” is an ancient monumental cemetery. Giovanni di Simone started to work on it in 1277. It has a rectangular shape and a cloister with gothic arches. The Cemetery is surrounded by a great quantity of Holy Land from where Jesus was crucified. In the middle of the cloister there are numerous Roman tombstones, where important men are buried, whereas underneath the floor of the corridor lie Pisan noblemen.
PONTE DI MEZZO: After visiting the square, take a walk alongside the Arno river and admire the sunset from one of the many bridges. Ponte di Mezzo is the most widely known.
Hotel Borgo Grondaie is located in a strategic position: just 2 hours far from Pisa and a 10 minutes walk from the Siena Train Station. Choose Siena and Pisa as the destinations for yout next trip: in both cities there are World Heritage UNESCO sites. Check out our website for our latest offers!
Edited by Borgo Grondaie