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Pisa: home to the world-famous Leaning Tower and birthplace of Galileo Galilei. Despite its relatively small size, this city is a heavyweight in terms of historical and cultural significance. Part of this can be attributed to the fact that Pisa lies on the Arno River. Its role as a major port city began in the Roman era and continued well beyond. In fact, loots shipped back from the First Crusade largely financed major construction, including that of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Iconic Pisan architecture is on display all around town, and is characterized by arches, columns and domes. Wondering what to do in Pisa? Find out below.
Imagine this: a golden hour glass of wine followed by a romantic dinner with your loved one at a picturesque, private rooftop garden overlooking the Arno River and Leaning Tower of Pisa. Now, that’s possible. Enjoy rare, amazing views of the one and only Leaning Tower and Arno River from a rooftop garden situated within a historical Pisan building. In addition to the stunning view, you will be immersed in a 15th-century internal hanging garden – a rarity in the historic city center. This makes the location ideal for picture-perfect photography that will surely boost your Instagram clout. To complement this dreamy experience, why not add a classic Italian aperitivo, lunch, or dinner? You will be treated to the finest Italian cuisine and beverages of choice. This includes a full-course meal with an authentic antipasti, meat and fish, and traditional Italian breads such as bruschettas and small pizzas. Delicious desserts like tiramisu and sorbetto are also available for your pleasure. The choice is all yours. Agostino, the rockstar host of this rooftop, will also be able to tell you the history and origins of the Gothic Palazzo Rosso and the Caffè dell’Ussero, a renowned Italian restaurant.
Want to combine this unique Viewnary experience with other activities and things to do in Pisa? The first site to visit is – of course – the Leaning Tower of Pisa, also known by locals as the “La Torre Pendente”. Construction of the magnificent structure started in 1173 and was modeled after the neighboring Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. The infamous sinking started shortly thereafter on the south side of the building, which consequently led to numerous reconstruction efforts over the following centuries. While you’re there, you should definitely explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, too. This hallmark of Pisan architecture is a five-aisled Romanesque basilica made of white marble and was built in the 12th-century after Pisa's military victory over the Saracens. Our third favorite spot is The Baptistery, which is conveniently located next to the Leaning Tower and cathedral. The building took 2 centuries to complete and is a blend of Romanesque and Gothic style architecture. The fact that all 3 things to do are situated right next to each other means you really can’t miss them! Our suggestion: combine a trip to these three sites with a golden hour aperitivo and dinner at the exclusive rooftop garden for an unforgettable Pisan experience.