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Pisa is located in the central part of Italy, in the region of Tuscany. Pisa is most famous for its Leaning Tower, but this relatively big city contains over twenty ancient churches, castles and palaces dating from medieval times, as well as many bridges built over Pisa`s Arno River. Pisa is also home of the famous University of Pisa, which dates back from the twelfth century.
Climate in Pisa is a mix between Mediterranean and humid subtropical. July and August are the hottest months with average 29 C, while January and February are the coldest months with average temperatures of 2 C. Spring and autumn seasons are very nice and relatively warm, with occasional rain showers.
When you arrive in the center of Pisa you will first find the beautiful Piazza dei Miracoli or Square of Miracles. Here is the magnificent Leaning Tower of Pisa, where besides admiring from below you can also climb on top of it and enjoy great views from there. Besides the tower, you will also find the Pisa`s Cathedral and Baptistery on the main square. Museum of Synopses and the Cathedral Museum should be visited if you want to learn more about the history of the city. Take a nice long walk along the river Arno, go by the Clock Palace and you will enter the popular Piazza dei Cavalieri. This place was once the main spot of the city and served as a base of the Knights of St.Stephen.
St.Sixtus church is near the Piazza dei Cavalieri and is well worth the visit. It is relatively small church dating from the twelfth century. It is one of the nicest looking and well preserved buildings in Romanesque style. San Frediano is another notable church dating from eleventh century. Inside you will find many paintings dating back from the sixteenth century, which were added during the process of restoration. Churches of San Nicola, San Paolo a Ripa d`Arno, Santa Maria della Spinna and San Pietro in Vinculis are all beautiful ancient churches to visit. Interestingly, besides the main Leaning Tower in Pisa, there are also two other leaning towers in the city which you can go see. One is on the southern side of Via Santa Maria and the other one is along the riverside promenade. Medici Palace, botanical gardens in the University of Pisa, and the Royal Palace are three great places to visit with lots of interesting features inside. If you want to see some museums, check out Museo Nazionale di San Matteo where you will find paintings and sculptures dating from the twelfth century. Cantiere delle Navi di Pisa is a very large archaeological museum where you can see thousands of archaeological excavations and artifacts.
When it comes to attractive events, Pisa becomes a very festive city in the month of June. Pisa`s patron saint – San Ranieri is celebrated then, and you can also enjoy a few other popular events such as Regatta of San Ranieri, Battle of the Bridge and Luminara.
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