Pisa – worth a visit

Pisa is synonomous with ‘The Leaning Tower’ and often is not considered a ‘must see’ by visitors to Tuscany. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a unique landmark located in the Piazza of Miracles, with the Duomo and Baptistery..all well worth a one stop visit. But Pisa can be  especially charismatic at certain times during the year.

Every June the city holds its legendary Luminara Festival, during which more than  10,000 candles are lit and placed along the banks of the Arno River, and locals celebrate with fireworks. Also in June is the Gioco del Ponto, a medieval festival during which two teams compete in a sort of tug-of-war game with a huge cart. As always with Italian festivals, full celebrations are on display, making it an ideal time to experience authentic Italian culture.

Further, every four years the annual Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics is held in Pisa, a boat race between Pisa, Amalfi, Genoa and Venice that includes a costumed parade and revelry. The Regatta was inaugurated in the 1940s to honor and celebrate the ancient Maritime powers and tickets can be purchased online or in person.

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