Close cookies panel

We use cookies to give you the best possible online experience.

If you continue, we'll assume you are happy for your web browser to receive all cookies from our website.


Tuscany, Italy

Discover Pisa

Posted by Luci Ackers on Mar 12, 2015
Pisa in Italy
Pisa in Italy

Famous for its architectural mishap, Pisa has much more to offer than just the leaning tower. Once a maritime power to challenge Venice and Genoa, the city is now more well known for its education, meaning the city bustles day and night with more locals than it does tourists.

The Duomo, Pisa's cathedral, was built in 1064 and is one of the first Romanesque churches, inspiring many others throughout Tuscany. The dome was not added until 1380 and the cathedral was the largest in Europe of its time. The ceiling is decorated with 24-carat gold, and the large bronze entrance doors are also something to be marveled at, with illustrations carved of scenes such as the birth and crucifixion of Christ. The Piazza del Duomo is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One of medieval Europe’s most remarkable architectural structures; 840 years old, still standing, and still drawing the crowds. Yes, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Begun in 1173, the work stopped soon after when the first three tiers started to tilt, in 1272 work restarted but, despite efforts to straighten the tower, it ended up leaning. It now tilts an extra 1mm each year, and work is being undertaken to stabilize it using the surrounding buildings and putting in some groundwork to secure its future. With only 40 people being allowed access at one time, queues can be long so booking in advance is advised, and remember to take your camera.

The city is full of great eateries, but one of the best has to be Il Montino. Popular with students and locals, this pizzeria isn't fancy, it simply has great food; try specials like the focaccine or cecina.

Share this post:
Luci Ackers
Author: Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

0 Comments related to this article
Submit a Comment
Cancel Reply
Name *  
Email address *    
Comment *  
Submit Comment

All comments will be moderated before being displayed

How do I find out more?
Request our beautifully illustrated brochure

Stigliano is part of the Holiday Property Bond's growing portfolio of outstanding holiday properties throughout the UK and Europe, imaginatively created over 32 years to combine "home from home" comfort with total relaxation. Currently the portfolio features 35 holiday developments, all in stunningly beautiful locations across 13 countries, with over 1,400 individual villas, apartments and cottages.

For a summary of how HPB can give you and your family a lifetime of wonderful holidays and the risks as well as the benefits of an investment please read "How and how much" below.

Then we would be delighted to send you our brochure, including our property portfolio, along with our full length DVD introduced by Bondholder Sue Barker and a list of forthcoming Open Days and Exhibitions. Please just complete and submit this form or telephone our FREE brochure line on 0800 230 0391.

Request a brochure
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address  
Postcode *  
Telephone number
How did you hear about us?

We will use the details you provide above to send you our detailed HPB brochure and keep you updated about HPB holiday offers.

* Indicates required fields

This advertisement is issued by HPB Management Limited ("HPBM") registered at HPB House, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EH. HPBM is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is the main UK agent and the property manager for HPB, issued by HPB Assurance Limited ("HPBA") registered in the Isle of Man and authorised by the Financial Services Authority there. The Trustee of HPB is HSBC Trustee (C.I.) Limited registered at HSBC House, Esplanade, St Helier, Jersey, JE1 1GT. The Securities Manager is Stanhope Capital LLP of 35 Portman Square, London, W1H 6LR.

Holders of policies issued by HPBA will not be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if the company becomes unable to meet its liabilities to them but Isle of Man compensation arrangements apply to new policies. No medical examination required. HPB is available exclusively through HPBM who will only charge for their services if you invest. HPBM promotes only HPB and is not independent of HPBA.

AS FEATURED IN The Telegraph BBC Daily Mail The Sunday Times