Pisa is an open-air museum yes, but it is also a vivacious, modern city.
Pisa is one of the most famous towns in Italy. The most important monuments are in Piazza dei Miracoli, also called Piazza of the Cathedral, which is the most important tourist center of the town; here you can visit the religious monuments, called "miracles" for their beauty and originality.
Yet, be not deceived by the beauty of this Tuscan touristic destination. Pisa is an open-air museum yes, but it is also a vivacious, modern city whose daily rhythms find articulation in an intense student life. The large part of Pisa’s young nightlife happens along the Arno River (known as the Lungarno), while the University crowd that can be found frequenting the Piazza of Miracles during the day attend courses at Normale di Pisa, one of the oldest and most-respected of the world’s universities. The University stands in Piazza dei Cavalieri, also location of the Palazzo della Carovana, architectonic work by the great Giorgio Vasari.
Not only culture, but strong seaside traditions are also native to Pisa, with beach tourism making a recent comeback here, particularly at Marina di Pisa and the rest of the nearby Tuscan littoral that composes part of the Natural Park of Migliarino, San Rossore and Massaciuccoli.