The Town

PISA

Pisa is best known for the world famous Leaning Tower, but those who come here with their mind already made up that the Tower is the only thing to see may miss the rest of the architectural and artistic marvels of this beautiful city.

Pisa would not be Pisa without the University. The city is animated by the students, who organize parties, shows, and cultural events, and fill the central street of the city at night. The University of Pisa has 60,000 students in a city of about 100,000 inhabitants. You'll notice the student flair in the city once you leave the touristy campo dei miracoli.

Pisa is a safe city, you do not need to worry about your safety (except for some zone at night, such as the area surrounding the station). However you should take the obvious precautions (like, if you stay in a very cheap hotel, take your valuables with you) and watch out for pickpockets in the touristy areas.

THE TOWER

The tower of Pisa (or Leaning Tower), situated in Piazza dei Miracoli together with the Duomo, the Baptistery and the Camposanto, is the symbol of the city besides being one of the most famous monuments in the world.
There is a controversy about the name of the original architect of the tower, but we know excactly that it dates back 1173. For many years, untill the recent excavations, the design was attributed by Vasari to Bonanno Pisano, but probably the tower was constructed by Gherardo di Gherardo.
During the Middle Ages, people belonging to the aristocratic class visited and climbed the Tower. For this reason, the building material of the stairs was marble instead of wood. When the third ring was constructed, the building started leaning, because the structure weigh on the foundations. This was the principal reason why the construction was interrupted and continued only in 1275. Another cause of the proclivity is of course the condition of the ground under the bell tower. In the past the area was a reclaim land and nowadays one part of the construction leans in a swamp, while the other in a more sandy ground. The other three floors were built with an opposite inclination in order to balance the equilibrium of the tower. During the centuries, architects tried to straighten it, but in vain.
Although in 1944 a terrible bombing threatened the stability of the tower, fortunately it resisted untill today.
Finally from 2001 the tower has been opened again to the public and it is possibile to visit it ( after a period of 11 years in which architects have been retrieved half a degree of inclination from 5,5 to 5).
On the balcony there are 7 bells. Here, Galileo Galilei performed the experiments for study the equations for a falling body. Today the tower is controlled through extremely modern technology.

THE LUNGARNI

Many poets and artists have been fascinated by Lungarni Pisani having inspiration from the beautiful noble palaces that overlook the Arno river. Today, this location also features important museums along the Arno river creating a real "museum system." This is a picturesque walk which has as its theme the river has always been inextricably linked to the life of the city.

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Living at Scuola Sant'Anna

If you are going to spend the first year of your Master at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, it is our pleasure to give you some information for your first accomodation in Pisa.

Please visit the Sant'Anna school - International student office webpage. 

A really useful map is available here. On the East of the map you can find the location of our Institute (TeCIP Institute – Scuola Sant’Anna – Area CNR, Via Giuseppe Moruzzi, 1, 56127 Pisa PI).

Accomodation

Unfortunately, the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna has not available accomodation in the campus for Master’s students. However the following websites may be usefull to seek the best accomodation-option for you: AirB&B- HousingAnyWhere - ResidenceTulipan - Erasmu - UniAffitti - EasyStanza - HomeToGo - ResidenceUnipi
Facebook groups and other web sites:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/cercocasapisa

https://www.facebook.com/groups/493554087450478/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/aegeepisa.rooms/

https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/272703367259/?fref=ts

The school cannot manage in any way this private dealing for you. We suggest you to check carefully the quality of the accomodation and the leasing condition. Consider that normally single rooms in Pisa have prices between 300 and 400 €. It might be useful this Italian Vocabulary - Useful words.

Transports

    By bas

A Bus service connects the whole city.

    By plane

Pisa has an international airport, Aeroporto Galileo Galilei (PSA), with daily flights to and from many national and international destinations; more than 50 airports are currently connected to the airport of Pisa via low-cost flights by carriers such as RyanAir (which has direct flights between Pisa and Barcelona, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Munich, Oslo, and Stockholm, among others) and easyJet (which has direct flights between Pisa and Berlin, London, and Paris, among others). The timetable of incoming and outgoing flights is available at the relevant website.

As an alternative you may also wish to fly to Firenze’s Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci, since Firenze is just a one-hour train ride from Pisa, or Rome’s Aereoporto - Fiumicino, just 3 hours away.

    By train

The railway station is located on the main railway line from Roma to Torino. There is also a very frequent train service to and from Firenze. On the Ferrovie dello Stato (the Italian national railway company) website you may find a train schedule and ticket booking service. The railway station is approximately 1.1 kms from the the Palazzo dei Congressi di Pisa. To reach the Palazzo dei Congressi you can go by walk or take a taxi.

    By car

Pisa is near the intersection of two toll highways, A12 “Autostrada Azzurra” (Genova – Livorno) and A11 “Autostrada Firenze-Mare” (Pisa – Firenze). Pisa is also served by the (toll-free) motorway “Strada di Grande Comunicazione Firenze-Pisa-Livorno”. You may want to plan your route using Google maps.

Cost of living

Some examples of prices (in euros) listed in the table below will help you to compare the cost of living in Pisa with your monthly budget.

For further information, please write to pixnet@santannapisa.it.