The Top Things To See And Do In Pisa, Italy

Duomo Santa Maria seen from the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Duomo Santa Maria seen from the Leaning Tower of Pisa | Marcus Winter/Flickr
Andrea Gabellone

The Tuscan city of Pisa has been one of the most important and well known sites of the Renaissance. The birth place of Galileo Galilei, Leonardo Fibonacci and Pisanello, it is a city full of art, history and culture. Here’s our guide to the top things to see and do in the city.

1. Explore San Rossore Park


San Rossore Park
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Migliarino, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli Regional Park was established in 1979. It covers approximately 24,000 hectares situated along the coast from Viareggio and Livorno. Although it lies in the middle of a heavily urbanized area, this territory has maintained considerable natural features and here it is possible to find one of the rare examples of an undeveloped coastal area. Hosting a great variety of animal and plant species, it is the perfect place to spend your day breathing fresh air and observing rare animals.

2. San Matteo National Museum


San Matteo National Museum
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The National Museum of San Matteo in Pisa (Museo Nazionale di San Matteo) displays works from historic ecclesiastical buildings in the city and Province of Pisa. The artworks include pieces from the early Medieval period to the 16th century. The collection includes sculptural masterworks by Nicola Pisano and Donatello.The museum contains a rich collection of antique paintings, including works by outstanding artists such as Simone Martini, Lippo Memmi, Francesco Traini, Masaccio and Ghirlandaio. The museum also has a collection of medieval illuminated manuscripts, wooden religious sculptures from 13th-15th centuries and antique ceramics.

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