Pisa is one of the most important city of art in the world and is is worldwide famous for the Leaning Tower that lies in the Cathedral Square. Besides the Tower, the Cathedral and the Baptistery are worth being visited: marvellous gothic and romanic buildings made of white marble.
The Cathedral Square also houses the Museo delle Sinopie, in which the preparatory sketches of the Camposanto frescoes are kept, and the Opera Museum, which hosts a rich collection of sculptures, painting and ancient reliquaries.
Pisa is full of many other treasures to be discovered, such as historical buildings, squares, museums and its characteristic Lungarni (walk paths along the river).
The particularity of Pisa, which makes it very accessible to tourists, is that the major monuments and the places of interest are situated in the town-centre and easily reachable by foot. Walking along the streets of the centre you will feel that old-times atmosphere, of which the Borgo Stretto Medieval Porch is a perfect example.
We suggest a visit to the splendid Piazza dei Cavalieri where you can find Palazzo dei Cavalieri, housing the Scuola Normale Superiore, and Palazzo dell’Orologio. The latter encloses the Muda Tower, where the main character of the XXXIIIrd poem of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, Count Ugolino della Gherardesca, died.
We also suggest you to visit some of the historical buildings facing the Arno River, such as Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Lanfreducci and Palazzo Agostini on Lungarno Pacinotti; Palazzo Gambacorti, Palazzo Mosca and Palazzo Alliata on Lungarno Gambacorti. All these buildings are wonderful examples of late Middle Ages architecture and they contribute to create the typical fairy-tale atmosphere of the Lungarni.
Nearby the Solferino Bridge you can find the small church of S. Maria della Spina (1230), which is one of the most important masterpieces of gothic art in Italy.
Pisan museums that enclose the beauties of the town are the Palazzo Reale Museum and the San Matteo Museum, whereas the new Palazzo Blu houses several national and international exhibitions of incredible value.
The Medieval walls in Pisa are still present and include some preserved arches and doors which are part of the urban furnitures: Porta Garibaldi, Porta Santa Marta, Porta San Zeno, Porta del Parlascio, Porta a Lucca, Porta San Ranierino, Porta Nuova, Porta Buoza, Porta a Mare.
Do not miss a contemporary spot in the city: the 180 square metres mural on the south wall of the church of St. Anthony made in 1989 by the famous graffiti artist Keith Haring.