Venue – Event Location
Piazza Guerrazzi – Pisa
Tel. +39 050 21531 / Fax +39 050 2207886
Dal centro / From city center: 800 m
Dalla stazione / From railway station: 600 m
Dall’aeroporto / From Pisa Airport: 4 Km
Dall’autostrada / From motorway: 1 km
Dalla fermata / From bus stop: 50 m
The Stazione Leopolda is a cultural center housed in an ancient railway station built at the end of the XIX century, that promotes events, exhibitions, shows, conferences, workshops and leisure activities.
The structure management has been entrusted by the Municipality of Pisa to Casa della Città Leopolda, a no-profit association of second level founded in 1999 by the associations that promoted the project of transformation of the old marketplace and worked together on the European project for its recovery works.
The cultural centre opened in 2002 and it includes: the historical hall, a conference room, a multimedia centre, a theatre and dance rehearsal room, a shop of short food supply chain products and an inner square.
Benvenuti a Pisa, Welcome to Pisa!
One of Italy’s great cities of history and art, Pisa is justly famous for its Leaning Tower and Piazza dei Miracoli. But there’s a less well-known side to its heritage that’s also well worth discovering: the historic centre with its Renaissance palazzos, medieval tower houses, Romanesque and Gothic churches, and the warren of narrow streets and small piazzas that back the riverfront esplanades. There’s much worth seeing here: Piazza dei Cavalieri with its church of the same name and the impressive s graffito façade of the Palazzo della Carovana, the botanical gardens and the National Museum of San Matteo, with its unique collection of 12th- and 13th-century masterpieces. But Pisa’s also a young and dynamic city, with its university (founded in 1343), and prestigious research institutes: the Scuola Normale Superiore, the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, and the CNR (National Research Council). It has much to offer in terms of leisure, too.
There’s excellent shopping on Corso Italia and under the arcades of Borgo Stretto, and authentic trattorias around the market in Piazza delle Vettovaglie. A short boat trip downriver along the Arno is the San Rossore natural park, a protected area that’s given over to macchia and Mediterranean plantlife.
PISA, ART AND CULTURE
Pisa is the city of Galileo and the Leaning Tower. But it offers so much more besides, and it really requires a few days to take in all its attractions. The city grew on a bend in the river Arno, and the river makes a fitting setting for palazzos of the granducal period, Romanesque and Gothic churches, medieval and Renaissance fortresses.
Pisa was once an obligatory stop for the Grand Tourists of the European aristocracy, and many authors – Italian and European – have written of the fascination the city exerted on them.
Overlooking the Arno are a number of museums: the San Matteo, the Palazzo Reale, Museo della Grafica and Palazzo Blu, a major venue for travelling exhibitions. The area between Piazza dei Miracoli and the river is the medieval heart of the Maritime Republic of Pisa, while Piazza dei Cavalieri, built during the Renaissance, is the symbol of the Medici domination. The piazza was commissioned by Cosimo I dei Medici and is named after the knights of the Order of St Stephen. Laid out by Giorgio Vasari, the piazza is lined by some important palazzos and churches of the granducal period, including the Palazzo dei Cavalieri with its impressive façade, now occupied by the prestigious Scuola Normale Superiore.
The churches of Pisa are well worth visiting: The small Gothic church of Santa Maria della Spina on the banks of the Arno, Santo Sepolcro, built on an octagonal floor plan in emulation of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno (known as the Duomo Vecchio or old cathedral), and the churches of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, San Francesco, San Michele in Borgo and San Pierino in Vinculiswith its crypt. Also not to be missed are the Museo del Calcolo with its collection of calculating machines, the Orto Botanico (the oldest university botanic gardens in Europe), the Keith Haring mural (the American artist’s last work in Europe) and the Ancient Ships compound, with a guided tour that explores this important archaeological site that has only recently been unearthed.
The botanical gardens of the University of Pisa were created in 1543 by the physician and botanist
Luca Ghini. They are the oldest university botanical gardens in Europe. Originally located near the
Medici shipyards, in 1563 they were transplanted to the north-eastern fringe of the city’s historic centre,
before moving to their present location in 1591.
Sea, hills, history, art, good food and wine.
A perfect blend for a meeting
Pisa and its territory are waiting for you.
Pisa is the starting point to discover an area not crossed by mass tourism, yet surprising because of the variety of its unspoilt and well preserved landscape.
The thermal resorts of Casciana Terme, San Giuliano Terme and Uliveto Terme offer relaxation, treatments and wellness all the year round.
The “wine and olive oil roads” cross the territory and offer hospitality mainly in farmhouses. Travellers stop at a wineryor an oil mill for a tasting, enjoy the landscape among hills, vineyards, olive trees. All the year food festivals or markets take place in old rural villages scattered in the area.
Talking about food, San Miniato, on a hilltop halfway between Pisa and Florence, celebrates every November the National White Truffle Market, an ideal combination between history and good “slow food”.
Southwards, the Cecina and Era Valleys are distinguished by both gently rolling hills and by the original landscape of the “devil’s valley”, a geothermal area with steaming jets and fumaroles. Scenic routes winding through an unspoilt landscape lead to medieval castles, villas, churches and villages, to a timeless atmosphere dominated by Volterra, a jewel of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. Walk into an alabaster shop or workshop to see how craftsmen continue a centuries-old tradition.
Volterra means a dive into the past, into one of the most unspoilt areas in the region, yet near important art centres.
Galilei International Airport airport is about 1 km from the city centre, at the Pisa Aeroporto exit of the Florence – Pisa – Livorno dual carriageway (SGC FI-PI-LI), and the A12 Genova-Rosignano motorway. The city centre can be reached in few minutes by trains that connect the railway terminal of the airport with Pisa Centrale station.
Within 18th March 2017, at less than 40 metres from the Passenger Terminal at the Pisa Airport, you can find the new, high-speed, fully automatic People Mover service for direct connections between the Pisa Centrale railway station and the airport. The service is available every day from 6:00 AM to midnight at 5/8 minute intervals.
The city bus terminus and the taxi rank are located outside the arrivals side. The Radio Taxi service (24 h) operates in the city of Pisa, telephone +39 050 541600. Many car hire companies and a tourist point are also available at the airport.
Pisa Centrale station is one of the principal regional and national railway junctions. Frequent trains run to Florence, Rome, Genoa, Lucca and Viareggio. The station is centrally located, about 2 km from the airport and 200 m from the extra-urban bus terminal in Piazza Sant’Antonio. The taxi rank and the bus stop for urban routes direct to Piazza dei Miracoli, Airport, Congress Palace can be found outside the
terminal. The station also provides a luggage storage service. Travel tickets must be stamped before in the yellow ticket machines
Urban and extra-urban buses: Pisa is serviced by the local transport company CPT – Compagnia Pisana Trasporti (www.cpt.pisa.it) covering most of the province, by Autolinee Lazzi transport company (www.lazzi.it), connecting with Lucca
and Viareggio, and by CLAP/Vaibus (www.vaibus.it), to Lucca and Versilia area.
by TOurist COACH
Tourist coaches arriving in Pisa are required to stop at the Via Pietrasantina coach park, at the north entrance to the city. Coaches are not allowed to stand in town. The parking area is about 800 metres from the Piazza dei Miracoli (10 minutes on foot). A city bus (LAM Rossa) and a shuttle bus (Navetta C), both paid services, run frequently to and from the monumental district.
Motorway A11 Firenze-Mare, exit at Pisa Nord, take the SS1 Aurelia travelling south to Pisa (approx. 6 km); alternatively
Florence – Pisa – Livorno (SGC FI-PI-LI) expressway, exit at Pisa Nord-Est (for the Cisanello hospital centre and the eastern area), Pisa Aeroporto (for the airport and the central-southern area), Pisa Aurelia (for the Leaning Tower and the western area).
From Rome, Bologna
Motorway A1 to Florence, then Motorway A11, exit at PisaNord, then take the SS1 Aurelia travelling south to Pisa(approx. 6 km). Alternatively, follow the motorway A12-E80 from Rome to Civitavecchia, then the SS1-E80 Aurelia to Rosignano Marittimo, then rejoin the A12-E80 to Pisa (exit at Pisa Centro toll-booth).
Motorway A12 Genova – Rosignano, exit at Pisa Nord, then take the SS1 Aurelia travelling south to Pisa (approx. 6 km).
To access the historical centre
Most of Pisa historical centre falls within the Limited Traffic Zone (ZTL). Only authorised vehicles are permitted access to this zone. The entrances (electronic barriers) are monitored by 24h cameras and unauthorised access is sanctioned with a fine. Visitors staying in a hotel within the ZTL zone can have their hotel issue them with a temporary permit.