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Pisa is one of the most beautiful and renowned cities of Italy. It is located more exactly within the Tuscany region, in the Pisa province, on the right bank of the river Arno on the Tyrrhenian Sea, being the capital of the province at the same time. The history of Pisa goes back to the ancient times. Ever since its foundation, Pisa has not declined like other Italian cities. On the contrary, it has continuously developed. According to the 2010 census, Pisa has a total population of 88,332 residents and spans on a total area of 71 square miles (185 sq km).
Top Attractions within Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is definitely the city's number one attraction, as it is renowned worldwide. It is the freestanding bell tower of the cathedral of Pisa and it is internationally known for its unintended tilt to one side. The tower is also the third oldest structure in the Cathedral Square. Another interesting fact about the tower is that it took 344 years for the construction to be completed.
Knights' Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri) is another beautiful sight in Pisa. The square is home to the impressive palace Palazzo della Carovana, which has an amazing facade that was designed by Giorgio Vasari. The church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri is also located here.
The Orto Botanico di Pisa is the oldest university botanical garden in Europe. The garden was established in 1544 and has been beautifully preserved ever since. The numerous plants and trees here will clearly impress you with their beauty. The garden is open weekday mornings and is admission free.
Religious sites. Pisa is home to many religious sites worth visiting, including the church of St. Sixtus, the church of St. Francis, Church of San Frediano, Church of San Nicola, church of Santa Maria della Spina, and the church of San Paolo a Ripa d'Amo.
Museums. Pisa also has many museums, such as Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Museo delle Sinopie, Museo Nazionale di S. Matteo, and Muzeo Nationale di Palazzo Reale.