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The medieval town of Pisa effortlessly resides on the banks of Tuscany’s famed Arno River. The picturesque buildings lining these meandering waters appear not to have been touched since the Medici family ruled this Mediterranean jewel. Although more famously renowned for its Leaning Tower, town legend lays claim to up to seven more bell towers and buildings which have thus succumbed to a similar fate, given the precarious sandy soils on which much of the ecclesiastical city has been built.

The world famous Leaning Tower sits within the Piazza dei Miracoli -Square of miracles- to the north of the city. Many a funny holiday snapshot has been taken of visitors either attempting to push over, or hold up the tower, although you would be hard pressed to get that perfect shot without a local Carabinieri -military police- whistling you off the luscious, green lawns surrounding the area.

A short distance from the Piazza dei Miracoli is the all important and renowned Pisa University, founded in the XIV century. It is believed that Galileo Galilei studied within the historic walls of this academy, lending his name to the city’s airport. Legend has it, that if a student of Pisa University is to scale the religious Leaning Tower monument, he/she will not finish their studies and will not graduate.

The month of June indicates Pisa’s entrance into the summer season. Festivities are month long, including the famous candlelight festivity of La Luminara de San Ranieri (16th June), in which the town’s people string fairy lights from the buildings lining the Arno, and the whole town is seen out for the whole evening in the Piazze (Town Squares) enjoying live music, fireworks and soaking up the atmosphere. The month long celebrations culminate in il Gioco del Ponte (Game of the Bridge) constituting a tug-of-war undertaken in medieval costume between the town’s people from the north side of the river (Tramontana) and south side (Mezzogiorno) fighting for the honour of their half of the town.

Perching on the south-west bank of the Arno is the peculiar Gothic church by the name of Santa Maria della Spina (Saint Mary of the Thorn, erected in 1230). This church was given its name due to the presence of a thorn believed to originate from Christ’s crown worn on the cross.

Pisa has recently found further fame in its discovery of a fleet of ancient ships, again to the north of the city. Archaeologists have had the painstaking task of cautiously excavating this latest treasure, including the ship’s cargo and the watery grave of some sailors.

Although overshadowed by its more famous Tuscan rival, Firenze (Florence), Pisa is more than just a bell tower, as any vigilant traveller will retell.

 
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ITALIA

General Information
Capital: Rome
Area: 301,230 km2
Population: 60,157,214 (April 2009).
Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz
IDD: +39
Emergency number: 112/113
Timezone: +1 Hr (+2 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language
Language: Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region), French (minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area).

Government
Government: Republic

Religion
Religion: 90% Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim

Health
Health: The following vaccinations are recommended: Tetanus.

Currency
Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: All 100.00 USD = 66.8534 EUR GBP = 110.480 EUR CHF = 66.1543 EUR

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Fri: 09.00-17.00

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Country roads: 90/110 km/h, Motorways: 130 km/h

Traffic
Traffic: Traffic drives on the right. Minimum age 18 years.

Driving License
Driving License: EU pink format licences are valid in Italy but old-style green licences (without photos) must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit.

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Jan 6 Epiphany, Easter Monday (variable), Apr 25 Liberation Day, May 1 Labor Day, Aug 15 Assumption Day, Nov 1 All Saints" Day, Dec 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec 25/26 Christmas Day/St. Stephen"s Day

Climate
Climate: Predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south

Temperatures
 
Temperatures:
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
A781114182225252116129
P7162575146371521639912993
S44678911108644
A=Aver. Daily Temp. (°C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900 / 1800/ 3G 2100 & HSPA

GPS
GPS: 41 54 N, 12 29 E

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat: 08.30-12.30 and 15.30-19.30. Food shops are often closed Wednesday afternoon.


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