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- Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2009
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Things to do in Pisa for free
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Home to the world-famous Leaning Tower, Pisa is a popular city with visitors to Italy’s Tuscany region. There’s a lot more to the city than just this iconic structure though, with a great variety of things to do including a number of attractions that won’t cost you a cent. Here, we’ve put together a list of five of these great free attractions.
Duomo di Pisa
Head to Duomo di Pisa, the city’s main cathedral, on a Sunday morning for mass and you’ll be able to see the stunning interior for free. It’s also free to enter the cathedral every day from November until the end of February. As you walk inside, you’ll be struck by the smell of incense and when you look around you’ll see stained glass, religious paintings and an intricately decorated ceiling.
Open daily Nov-Feb 10am - 12.45pm & 2pm - 5pm, Mar 10am - 6pm, Apr-Sept 10am - 8pm, Oct 10am-7pm; admission free on Sunday mornings during mass and daily from Nov - Feb.
Giardino Scotto Park
Outdoor concerts and movie nights are often held in this popular park, which is housed inside the converted fortress of Cittadella Nuova. Along with colourful flower-beds, tall trees and some cool grassy areas, the park has its own playground. In this area you’ll some across awesome mini-trampolines, which can be used by both big and little kids.
Open daily Nov-Jan 9.30am - 4.30pm, Feb-Mar & Oct 9am - 6pm, Apr 9am - 7pm, May-Jun & Sept 9am - 8pm, Jul-Aug 8am - 8pm; admission free.
Piazza Martiri delle Liberta
Once you’ve visited Piazza del Duomo and seen all that it has to offer why not check out this open square close by. It’s frequented by locals who sit around while they eat their lunch or have a chat. Surrounded by tall trees, there are lots of cool shaded areas as well as a number of benches where you can sit and take a breather.
As you stroll around alongside Pisa’s citadel, you’ll not only get to see this old fortress up close but you’ll also get great views along the Arno River. The citadel was originally built in the early 15thcentury but parts had to be rebuilt after it sustained damage during WWII.
Free water at Pisa’s drinking fountains
It can get pretty hot in Pisa, so you’ll need to keep hydrated if you want to get the best out of your trip to the city. It can get pretty expensive if you have to continually buy bottled water so why not save some money by taking advantage of one of the city’s drinking fountains. There’s a popular one in Piazza del Duomo and various others scattered around the city where you can refill your water bottle for free.