You know you're headed to Pisa. But what part of town will be ideal for your stay? Here's a quick overview of Pisa's most central neighborhoods.
Centrale StationPisa's main train and bus stations are located on the south side of the Arno River, about 500 feet from shore. The Leaning Tower and its surrounding Piazza dei Miracoli are located a mile north of both stations, across the river. Many hotels and restaurants can be found in this part of town and Pisa's Galileo Galilei Airport is less than a mile south of the train station.
Porta a PiaggePorta a Piagge, located north of the River Arno and east of Pisa's city center, is decidedly a bit far from the city's main sights. However, regular bus service is available from here. Some points of the neighborhood are only a twenty-minute walk from the Leaning Tower.
For business travelers, the city's main conference center and exhibition hall can be found here.
San FrancescoAs its name suggests, the central point of this neighborhood is the San Francesco church. The area encompasses the northeast quadrant of the walled city, as well as part of the area just to the east of the wall. It's an easy walk to the Leaning Tower and its neighboring Baptistry, Cemetery and accompanying museums.
San MartinoSituated in the southeast quadrant of the old walled city, this neighborhood centers around the San Martino church and contains many interesting palazzos and public gardens. Centrale Station is to the southwest of the neighborhood.
The Ponte di Mezzo leads visitors across the River Arno and on to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The Tower and its Piazza dei Miracoli are about a mile from central San Martino.
Sant'AntonioSant'Antonio is a convenient neighborhood that sits southwest of city center. The 14th-century Palazzo Gambacorti now functions as Pisa's town hall. The main train and inter-city bus stations are on the south end of the quarter.
The Leaning Tower, the Baptistry and the Cemetery, and other main sights of Piazza dei Miracoli, are about a mile north of Sant'Antonio. The city's university is just across the River Arno via Ponto Solferino.
Santa MariaLocated in the northwest corner of the old walled city, this neighborhood is home to the Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower, as well as several churches and museums and the botanical gardens. Museo dell'Opera del Duomo offers artworks from the cathedral, tower and baptistry while Museo delle Sinopie houses original sketches for frescoes.
Centrale Station and the main bus terminal are easy to reach from Santa Maria and there are lots of hotels in this sector.