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Welcome to Pisa


Pisa is home to one of Italy's most famous attractions, the Leaning Tower, yet it is also celebrated for its outstanding university, proud maritime heritage (dating back three millennia), and its status as the birthplace of Galileo Galilei, the world's greatest astronomer.

Other notable sites are the strikingly beautiful square Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles); the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, which displays wonderful arabesque panels; and the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo, known for its collection of Florentine art from the 12th through to the 17th Centuries. And yet Pisa's identity will forever be linked to its Leaning Tower, an accident of engineering caused by the combination of the top-heavy marble of the building and the shifting subsoil of its foundations. Other buildings have also suffered over the years, notably San Michele dei Scalzi (located in the Field of Dreams).

Information & Facts

The official language of Italy is Italian. English is understood in the larger cities but not in the more remote parts of the country.

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, which is divided into 100 cents. Those arriving in Italy with foreign currency can obtain Euros through any bank, ATM or bureaux de change. ATMs are widespread. Travellers cheques can be exchanged with ease in the large cities, not so in the smaller towns. Credit cards are accepted in upmarket establishments and shops around the cities. Banks are closed on weekends, but tend to have better rates than casas de cambios.

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