Kids Fun Walking Tour in Pisa (Self Guided), Pisa

Pisa is not only a beautiful historic city, but also a city of fun. This special guide is full of great activities that every member of the family can enjoy at any age. Take our Kids Fun Walking Tour to find the best things to do in the city with children.
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Kids Fun Walking Tour in Pisa Map

Guide Name: Kids Fun Walking Tour in Pisa
Guide Location: Italy » Pisa (See other walking tours in Pisa)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: nicole
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Piazza dei Miracoli
  • Orto Botanico
  • Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Reale
  • Caffe Dell'Ussero
  • Ponte di Mezzo
  • Borgo Stretto
  • Piazza dei Cavalieri
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Piazza dei Miracoli

1) Piazza dei Miracoli (must see)

The Piazza dei Miracoli is, of course, at the top of your “must see” list. It is the most famous and most visited square in Europe after Saint Peter’s Square in Rome. It is a walled area and its true name is the Piazza de Duomo (Cathedral Square) but the writer Gabriele D’Annunzio dubbed it the Square of Miracles in one of his books and the name stuck. A lot of people misguidedly call it the “Campo dei Miracoli” (Field of Miracles) but that field was invented by Carlo Collodi in his book “The Adventures of Pinocchio”. In his book, two scoundrels, the Cat and the Fox, told Pinocchio that if he planted his gold there it would grow into money trees.

The square is made up of an area that is partly paved and partly neatly trimmed lawns and the most famous buildings of Pisa are to be found there. These buildings are said to represent the four stages of man. If we take them in these stages rather than in chronological order, we start with the Baptistery, dedicated to St John the Baptist, it was built in 1153 and represents Birth. The Cathedral was built in 1064 and it portrays Life, while the Speciale Nuova di Santo Spirito (the New Hospital of the Holy Spirit), built in 1257, represents Illness and the end of life. The Camposanto Monumentale (the cemetery), built in 1278, of course represents Death. The bell tower – the Leaning Tower – doesn’t come into the allegory, but if you are in a whimsical frame of mind you might say that it represents the rather shaky path men take between Life and Death!
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Orto Botanico

2) Orto Botanico (must see)

While you are in Pisa you shouldn’t miss a chance to spend an hour or so in the peaceful Orto Botanico, which is managed by the University. Cosimo de Medici first thought of creating the garden in 1544 and he commissioned Luca Ghini, the famous botanist, to lay it out on land beside the river. In 1563 it was moved next to the Santa Maria Convent and then to its present location in 1591. The first plants were solely grown for medicinal purposes, but gradually, as the garden was enlarged and fountains installed, other species were planted and the garden now boasts over 140 different species, including orchids, coffee, pepper and papaya.

There is an arboretum with an artificial lake and a magnolia tree that is 220 years old. Other collections include Mediterranean geophytes, tropical plants and pharaonic flora. The garden is divided into sections containing ponds, greenhouses, the Botanical School and various other buildings, including the 16th century old botany institute with its façade decorated with sea shells. The garden’s library is now part of the university library and the natural objects in the garden are part of the Natural History Museum. In the Botanical School are the portraits of all the garden’s former directors.
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Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Reale

3) Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Reale (must see)

There is much more to Pisa than its Leaning Tower, and it would be a shame if you missed a visit to the Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Reale, although it might be a good idea to check up on opening times first. This little visited museum is housed in an elegant building designed in the 16th century by Buontalenti. It stands on the banks of the River Arno and was once lived in by illustrious families: the Medici’s, the Lorena’s and the Savoia’s all left their mark on this lovely palace. Today the building is mostly administrative offices, but 20 rooms have been kept for the museum. These rooms are full of furnishings and the private collections of the families who once lived here. There is also armor once used in the Gioco del Ponte (the Bridge Game).

The items date from the 17th to the 19th centuries and include manuscripts, portraits and paintings and the Flemish and Florentine tapestries that belonged to the Medici’s. You will also be able to admire a predella panel from the polyptych of Saint Nicolas of Tolentino. A predella was the painting along the frame at the bottom of an altarpiece, usually depicting scenes from the life of the subject in the main panel. The predella in the museum was executed in 1500 by Raphael.

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 9 am- 2 pm; Closed on Tuesdays and Sundays.
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Caffe Dell'Ussero

4) Caffe Dell'Ussero

The Caffe Dell'Ussero is a great cafe, ice cream parlour and patisserie. This child-friendly spot sells only original Italian dishes. As well as a colorful interior, in summer you can sit outside on the terrace and gaze upon the canal. Open for the last 150 years, this family-run cafe is a favorite of both parents and children.
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Ponte di Mezzo

5) Ponte di Mezzo

To get from the Gambacorti Lungarno on the Mezzoiorno side of the River Arno to the Mediceo Lungarno on the Tramontana side, you will cross the river by the Ponte Mezzo. In Roman times a wooden bridge spanned the river a little further upstream. This bridge was replaced by a stone one in 1035 and was restored in 1388. In 1635 it collapsed and was rebuilt in 1660. The “new” bridge was an elegant affair with three arches and carved balustrades and named “Mezzo” as it was (more-or-less) in the centre of the city. This bridge was destroyed in 1944 during wartime bombing.

The bridge you will cross today was built in 1950 out of reinforced concrete sheathed in white Verona stone. It is 89 metres long and had one arch of 72 metres. At the four corners of the bridge are marbles globes from the former bridge. In the centre of the bridge you will see the Pisan cross laid out in white stone paving. If you are lucky enough to be in the city in June, you will certainly take part in the Giugno Pisano – a series of carnivals that re-enact historical events. The highlight of the Giugno is the Bridge Game, held on the last Saturday of the month, when rival teams from the Mezzoiorno and the Tramontana “battle” for control of the bridge. The two teams of twenty pit their strength against each other by pushing against a heavy cart set on tracks in the middle of the bridge. The team who manages to push the cart to the “enemy” camp, wins the game.
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Borgo Stretto

6) Borgo Stretto (must see)

If you want to do some shopping or simply wander through the narrow streets of medieval Pisa, you should go to the Borgo Stretto. This long street that at the crossing with via San Francesco, joins via Guglielmo Oberdan, is mostly pedestrian and filled with shops from simple stores selling books and souvenirs to some of the most exclusive shops in the city. Most of the street is lined on each side with arcades, the arches of which are supported by Corinthian columns. In the arcades you will find plenty of bars, restaurants and shops selling fresh pasta. Over the arched entrance to the Café Settimelli a sign proudly announces that this was once the house of the Galilei family and that Galileo was born there.

The two and three storey houses over the loggias on each side of the street were once the homes of rich merchant families and on the corner of via San Francesco you will find the Palazzo Poschi. There are plenty of narrow side streets leading off Borgo Stretta and some of these open onto delightful squares were open air markets sell flowers and fresh fruit and vegetables. You will also find the beautiful ancient church of San Michele in Borgo on the stretto.
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Piazza dei Cavalieri

7) Piazza dei Cavalieri (must see)

The Piazza dei Cavalieri is the second most important square in Pisa and has some of the most distinguished buildings in the city. In Roman times the square was called the Piazza del Sette Vie (Square of the Seven Streets), the church San Sebastiano alle Fabbriche Maggiori was built in 1047 and in 1140 the square became the city’s administrative centre. In 1254 the Palace of the People and the Elders was built. This palace later became the Palazzo della Carovana and the home of the Order of the Knights of St Stephen. A statue of Cosimo de Medici stands beside a fountain in front of the palace. Both the statue and the fountain were sculpted by Francavilla.

To the north of the square you will see the Palazzo dell’Orologio, which was turned into the infirmary for the knights. To make one building they built an arch between two ancient towers. The tower on the right of the arch has a rather gruesome history. In the 13th century Count Ugolini, the suspected traitor, and his sons were sealed up in the tower and left to starve to death. The count’s sons died first and Ugolini fed off their dead bodies, until he in his turn, died too. To the south of the square you will find the Palazzo del Consiglio dei Dodici. Most of the buildings today belong to the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.

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