"Although numbering only 87,000 citizens, virtually everyone in the world has heard of Pisa, Italy… thanks to its famous landmark, the leaning tower of Pisa!"
When visiting the port of Livorno Italy, a Mediterranean cruise guest can often feel like a child looking at a window full of sweets and lollipops…
There are so many mouth-watering destinations that can be reached from the cruise ship dock in Livorno Italy, it can be real torture to pick only one or two to see in your short cruisers’ day in port.
Trust us, you’re not the only cruiser scratching your head trying really hard to get around planning your time so you can see as much as you can!
Florence Italy is the undisputed queen of Tuscany and an absolute must-see on this day!
There’s also all those little medieval hilltop towns in Tuscany we want to see and feel like we’re in a movie… Lucca, San Gimignano, Siena!
And then… there’s Pisa Italy!
The famous, the renowned, the historical city of Pisa.
Although numbering only 87,000 citizens, virtually everyone in the world has heard of Pisa Italy… thanks to its famous landmark, the leaning tower of Pisa!
When they first started building it, they sure didn’t intend on making it tilt like this, but due to the soft base it sits on, foundations only about ten feet thick and the weight of its stone… this result was inevitable!
Back in 1173, when the construction of Pisa leaning tower, Italy began the Pisans surely couldn’t dream that such an architectural failure would attract over a million visitors a year.
Although Pisa leaning tower may be the most famous of the Pisa tourist attractions, there are many other things Pisa is significant for.
And it’s no surprise if you know anything about the history of Pisa: it was a huge maritime power in the 11th Ct. and one of the most famous University cities in the world.The city is full of churches, palaces and museums.
Let’s not forget it is the birthplace of Galileo Galilei, the famous astronomer and physicist whose grave you will have a chance of visiting inside the Santa Croce church in Florence.
But, the brutal truth is… as cruisers, you have only so many hours in a day, and even if you were sitting at the Captain’s table the night before, you won’t get him to stay longer! ☺
That’s why our tip is… for the first time, concentrate on the leaning tower and other Pisa tourist attractions in Piazza dei Miracoli: Pisa Cathedral, Pisa Baptistery and the Monumental Cemetery, all easy to locate on our map of Pisa Italy
If until now you only had a chance to see Pisa tower in commercials and travel magazines, it is only natural you would want to visit it when docked with a cruise ship in Livorno Italy only 12 miles (20 km) away!
There are a few different ways of getting from Livorno to Pisa Italy and here at Mediterranean Cruise Ports Easy, we’ll help you choose the one that suits you best!Do you prefer the adventure of taking a train, the convenience of taking a bus or a shore excursion or the personal touch of taking a taxi or a private tour?
Also, keep in mind that if you’re visiting Pisa Italy for the very first time and you want to see the leaning tower only, it’s always wise to incorporate Pisa together with visiting Florence or other Tuscan destinations! One whole day for Pisa only would be a waste of your precious time.
You will only dedicate the whole day to Pisa if you have been to Florence Italy and other Tuscan attractions many times before.
Have fun in Pisa, take that famous photo with you holding up the leaning tower and don’t forget to post & share it on our Facebook fan page! We’d love to see it!
ALL PISA ARTICLES:
HOW TO GET FROM LIVORNO TO PISA - Helping cruise guests choose between 3 different ways of getting to Pisa
GETTING FROM LIVORNO TO PISA BY BUS - Convenient and affordable, it turns out to be one of the cruisers' favorite way of getting to Pisa
TRAVEL TO PISA AND FLORENCE BY BUS - Yes, it is possible to see both Pisa and Florence in a day with this low-budget bus service for cruisers!
GETTING TO PISA BY TRAIN- Directions, timetables and prices of getting to Pisa by train
MAP OF PISA ITALY- Map of Pisa Italy helps you get around Pisa on foot or by public transportation
REACHING THE PISA TOWER- Find out about 3 different ways of getting from the train station in Pisa to the Pisa leaning tower
PISA LEANING TOWER - HISTORY AND BUILDING- Why is the tower of Pisa - leaning? When was it built and why?