Private Pisa On Your Own
This tour is perfect for those who are short on time yet want to see the highlights of Pisa. It is not known exactly when Pisa was founded, though many believe it has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. This city flourished during the Middle Ages, becoming an economic powerhouse thanks to the maritime republic trade. Today Pisa is a popular tourist destination who draws thousands to its streets each year for a chance to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The excitement begins as your driver picks you up for a scenic drive over to Pisa where you will have 2 hours of free time to explore this city on your own. Upon arrival, make your way over to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a 58-foot architectural marvel that is the bell tower for the Duomo. This tower took 200 years to build and lists at an astonishing 5.5 degrees of the vertical, making it one of the most photographed monuments in Italy. While at the Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracles Square) you can check out the Romanesque style Duomo with its colonnades and its three 16th century bronze doors that adorn the cathedral's facade. Also here is the circular Baptistry complete with 3 stories of Roman arcades and Gothic pinnacles. You will also see the 13th century Holy Field Cemetery with its Roman sarcophagi containing the relics local noblemen.
Be sure to stop at the Piazza dei Cavalieri, or large square, that served as the headquarters of the Knights of St. Stephen in the 1600s. In this square lies the prestigious Scuola Normale Superiore, founded by Napoleon in 1810, whose students pursue doctorates in science, mathematics, literature, and philosophy. You will also see the Palazzo dell'Orologio where military leader Ugolino della Gherardesca and his family starved to death in 1208 as punishment for his alleged duplicity with the Genoese enemy. Book this 4-hour tour now and get ready to experience Pisa your way. Please note: Guests should be able to walk for long distances and navigate cobblestone surfaces. Shoulders and knees must be covered if you plan to step inside a memorial or religious site.