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Villino Rosso, Tuscany (Ref: 52795), Self catering villa in Pisa, Italy
Villino Rosso - independent villa with private pool: a dream in Tuscany. 4 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms; sleeps 9; between S.Gimignano, Volterra and Pisa.  Il Villino Rosso della Fattoria di Monti stands on top of a hill at the end of a tree-lined road. The newly restored red villa was used in the past as a stable and then as the farm manager’s house. Today it is called “Il Villino Rosso” or the Red House because of it’s very beautiful red plaster work...
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A Selection of Things to see and do in Pisa   by Gen Wright

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Pisa in Italy is the perfect place to visit for short trip and it is also great for a long vacation. It is a city that is steeped in heritage and has a lot of history behind its walls. Every place has a story to tell and you will be mesmerized at the sheer beauty and elegance of many of these places. There are various architectural sights that you must absolutely see when visiting Pisa.

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You can start your tour of this great city at the Baptistery (Battistero), which is the largest baptistery in Italy. It dates back to the 12th century, making it a remarkable piece of European history. Designed in its round shape by the famous Deotisalvi, it has a rather large circumference of 348 feet. 
The construction of the lower drum was done in Romanesque style and the gothic style upper part was added almost a hundred years later. It is famous for its huge dome, its carved front and the pulpit designed by the great Nicola Pisano.

Afterwards, you can visit piazza dei Cavalieri. It was designed by Giorgio Vasari in the year 1560 and is one of the most important piazzas of Pisa. It is a curved open space that leads up to the Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri. This piazza was the former seat of the Order of the Knights of St. Stephen (Ordine dei Cavalieri di Santo Stefano), who were an organized group of religious warriors who protected the city from the Turks.

Baptistery and Duomo, Pl. Des Miracoli, Unesco World Heritage Site, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
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For those who enjoy being close to nature, there is the Botanical Gardens (Orto Botanico di Pisa). It was built sometime in the 1540s and is claimed to be the oldest botanical gardens in all of Europe. Visitors can look forward to an amazing experience viewing various fantastic species of plants from all over the world. It has a very relaxed atmosphere and most visitors appreciate the calm and quite. It is closed on Sundays and there is no admission fee.
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Any visit to Pisa is incomplete without a trip to the Leaning Tower (Torre Pendente) of Pisa. There are many people every year who make a trip to Pisa just to see this tower. It is actually the bell tower of Pisa Cathedral (Duomo di Pisa). Its sand foundation caused it to lean over time and has now made it the famed monument that it is. Climbing the stairs is a unique experience.

Italy is a country with so much to explore and discover. Hiring a car in Italy may be an option worth considering particularly if you plan on travelling about and taking in some of the other wonderful locations within Italy such as Venice, Rome, Milan and Naples.

There are lots of holiday bargains to be had in Italy when it comes to flights, car hire, lodgings and other holiday necessities. Companies are fighting tooth and nail for your business. So if you fancy a value for money trip to Italy well now may be the time to start searching.

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10 Must See Attractions in Pisa   by Claire Schembri

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Pisa is a historic town in Tuscany, is now a vibrant young city with many renowned universities. Pisa was also the home of the great mathematician Fibonacci and Galileo Galilei. Amongst the main attractions in Pisa one finds:
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa was designed as a cathedral bell tower and to brag to Pisa's nemesis, the city of Florence. Construction began in 1173 and when the builders discovered the infamous tilt attributed to unstable soil under the tower, the builders decided to continue with the project regardless. The cylindrical tower, 54 meters tall, has eight stories, six of them with open galleries.
  • The Duomo di Pisa is an imposing white building dating back to 1063. The facade, constructed in the twelfth century, has four tiers of open galleries housing statues and decorated with marble inlay. The doors have bronze panels with bas-reliefs from the sixteenth century. Inside there are a sixteenth century wood ceiling, several important art works by Giambologna, Della Robbia, and other major artists, and a magnificent marble pulpit.
  • Camposanto was the cemetery for noble citizens of Pisa. The floor is covered with tombstones and there are many funerary monuments. The portico held many medieval frescoes which were damaged during WWII and removed for restoration.
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  • Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, at the eastern end of Piazza del Duomo, holds a huge collection of important artworks including works of Nicola Pisano, Giovanni Pisano and the bronze griffins from Syria captured by the Crusaders.
  • Museo Nazionale di San Matteo is in the former Benedictine convent of San Matteo. The museum chronicles the development of medieval Christian painting and sculpture in Europe and include masterworks of Giovanni and Andrea Pisano, the Master of San Martino, Simone Martini, Nino Pisano and Masaccio.
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  • Battistero (Baptistry) large round Romanesque dome with many sculptured decorations and a fine view up top. Arabic-style pavement, pulpit by Nicola Pisano (father of Giovanni), and fine octagonal font.
  • Palazzo della Carovana, the main Scuola Normale Superiore building, with an elaborate façade, by the important Italian Renaissance artist and architect Giorgio Vasari - who is also said to be the first historian of art.
  • Palazzo dell'Orologio (Clock Palace), a XIV century building that has replaced the Torre della Fame (tower of hunger), where the Conte Ugolino della Gherardesca was imprisoned and left to die of hunger with his sons, as cited in the Dante's Divina Commedia
  • Piazza dei Cavalieri a small town square with many historical buildings that hosted the political powers of the city in the middle ages and Renaissance, but most of them are not accessible to tourists, as they are now property of the University of Pisa or Scuola Normale Superiore (a prestigious elitary school).
  • University botanical garden, is the first university botanical garden of Europe, created by the will of Cosimo de Medici in 1544. It is open weekday mornings and is free to the public.
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Abitalia Tower Plaza Pisa
Situated near the airport, this Pisa hotel is also close to Camposanto and Leaning Tower, as well as Pisa Baptistry. Additional attractions include Cathedral of Pisa. Dining options at Abitalia Tower Plaza include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily. Recreational amenities include a fitness facility and a steam room. This 5.0-star property offers small meeting rooms, limo/town car service, and audio-visual equipment. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include a poolside bar, multilingual staff, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. The property has designated areas for smoking. 
Accademia Palace Hotel Pisa
This bed & breakfast is located in Pisa. University of Pisa and Leaning Tower are area attractions. Another nearby attraction is Orto Botanico di Pisa. Dining options at Accademia Palace Hotel include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This 4.0-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms and business services. This Pisa property has event space consisting of banquet facilities and conference/meeting rooms. The property offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include a poolside bar, a coffee shop/café, and laundry facilities. 
Grand Hotel Duomo Pisa
Astonishing landscape and contemporary accommodation provides an ideal setting for a vacation with your family in the serene and relaxing atmosphere, combined with the rustic elegance of the Pisa.  The Grand Duomo hotel is ideally located in the magnificent city of Pisa and is just hundred meters from the train station and the San Rossore Private Clinic. The main university faculties, the Sant'Anna and Normale high schools and many other highlights of the city are also found close to the hotel.   The Grand Hotel Duomo has a large restaurant dedicated to those guests who would like to try different types of Italian cuisine as well as many local dishes that Tuscan cuisine has to offer. 
Hotel Leonardo Pisa
Leonardo Hotel Pisa is a building in the historical centre of the city, maintaining its ancient characteristics. It is equipped with all modern comforts. The hotel is a few minutes from all the major attractions and welcomes you for an unforgettable vacation.  The Leonardo Hotel Pisa is located in a calm area of the city centre, just 50 metres from Piazza Dei Cavalieri and the River Arno. Surrounded by lots of typical restaurants, the hotel is a mere 350 metres from the world famous Leaning Tower.  This property offers comfortable guest rooms that are modern, well furnished and equipped with all standard amenities.  The hotel has a breakfast room that serves delicious breakfast every morning. There are also plenty of restaurants around the area so that you can truly enjoy a local dish. 
Hotel Repubblica Marinara Pisa
Assuring comfortable accommodation blended with quality service, this hotel makes you to enjoy all the privileges for an unforgettable stay.  Located on via Matteucci, the Repubblica Marinara Hotel is 500 metres from the Palazzo dei Congressi and a kilometre from the Pisa Galileo Galilei International Airport.  This property offers 55 well-appointed accommodation units that have been elegantly furnished with an array of in-room amenities to ensure you a pleasurable stay.  Start off your day with a scrumptious breakfast served at the breakfast room. Set in a pleasant atmosphere, the onsite restaurant serves delicious a la carte, international, Mediterranean and Tuscan Cuisine for you to feast on. After a tiring day, you can unwind at the cosy bar.
Relais dell'Orologio Hotel Pisa
Visit Pisa and reside at the Relais dell'Orologio Hotel, which guarantees to satisfy the most diverse interests.  Relais is situated near the most beautiful squares in Pisa, the Piazza dei Miracoli and Piazza dei Cavalieri, in the heart of the university campus.  The hotel offers 25 bedrooms, which have all the modern amenities required for a relaxing and comfortable stay.  Guests can savour the delicious food that is served at the on-site restaurant and you can relax and have a have a few pegs of you favourite drink at the bar..
Santa Croce In Fossabanda Hotel Pisa
Characterised by great hospitality as well as world class service, Santa Croce In Fossabanda Hotel Pisa offers an evocative and pleasant atmosphere to make your vacation an unforgettable experience.  Ideally located in the splendid city of Pisa, this excellent property is an perfect starting point for visiting most of the famous places in the surrounding area.  The hotel has a great choice of spacious guestrooms that are equipped with modern amenities as well as high standard service to ensure you a pleasant stay in a comfortable environment.  There is no restaurant on-site, however you can visit the outstanding dining establishments that are found close to the hotel.
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