Cheap flights to Pisa depart from Manchester Airport as well as Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports near London. Flights to Pisa may also be available from regional airports around the UK. Flights to Pisa will arrive at Pisa Galileo Galilei International Airport. The Pisa Aeroporto railway station is located within the airport grounds, and provides rail links to Pisa Central Station and other cities. There are regular bus services from the airport to Pisa city centre. The bus station is located opposite the terminal building. Bus and train tickets can be purchased at the information office in the airport’s arrivals area. Metered taxis can be hired from the taxi rank in front of the airport terminal.
Most attractions are within walking distance of each other and can be reached on foot. A network of local buses also provides efficient transport within the city. Tickets can be purchased from newsagents and tobacconists, as well as on board the bus. Check the Consorzio Pisano Trasporti website for more information on timetables, routes and fares. Taxis are easily available throughout the city, from taxi stands and near most attractions. All taxis are metered but fares can be quite expensive.
The Leaning Tower is undoubtedly Pisa’s top draw, but there is a whole lot more to the city. For a start, Pisa also has two other, lesser known leaning towers – the Bell Tower of San Nicola Church, and the Bell Tower of San Michele of Scalzi Church. The famous tower itself sits (or tilts) in the World Heritage-listed Piazza dei Miracoli, and is surrounded by historic buildings including the Duomo and the Campo Santo. Enjoy panoramic views over the square by climbing all 294 steps to the top of the tower. Discover beautifully restored frescoes and a large collection of sarcophagi within the Campo Santo, and visit the imposing Duomo for a look at its magnificent interior.
Bypass the kitschy souvenirs sellers to discover some unique local delights. Clothing and bric-a-brac markets are held twice a week along Via Buonarroti and Via San Martino. Join the locals at the Piazza del Vettovaglie for the daily farmers’ market. The Borgo Stretto is Pisa’s main shopping stretch, lined with many shops stocking local and international brands. Venture away from the Leaning Tower to discover restaurants serving tasty regional dishes. The Pasticceria Salza on Borgo Stretto is renowned for its tempting array of cakes and chocolate confectionaries. Dress up for drinks at Almatea. The bar is popular among the fashionable set for their apertivos.
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