Be moved in Pisa with really special experiences
The Grand Hotel Duomo in Pisa is just 50 metres away from the famous leaning tower. From the hotel terrace or from the balcony of your room with a view, you will almost feel as if you can touch the top of it by reaching out your hand.
WHAT TO DO AND SEE IN PISA
The landing Tower
What makes the bell tower of Piazza dei Miracoli, an iconic monument of the city of Pisa, unique in the world is certainly its tilt, immortalised in the souvenir photos of millions of visitors. Defying all architectural rules, the tower has stood well planted in the ground for centuries despite seeming unsafe. The tilting of the tower is not a deliberate feature, but is caused by a subsidence of the soil, made of a particular sandy silt.
Many other characteristics make the Tower of Pisa unique in the world. The numbers that create a kind of identity card are impressive: the tower rises 56 metres high; its 8 floors are climbed with 293 steps. Six of the 8 floors are surrounded by a small loggia with round arches resuming the motif already on the façade of the Cathedral. The bell cell houses 7 bells, one for each musical note. Each bell has its own name: that of San Ranieri, patron saint of the city of Pisa, is associated with the note re; the largest one is the Assunta bell, weighing about 2600 kg. The construction of the monument lasted about 200 years, but the authorship of the bell tower remains shrouded in mystery, despite numerous and various attributions.
The Carrara and San Giuliano marble that covers the tower in white adds a touch of elegance to the monument. The tower is illuminated with suggestive lighting effects on some occasions, but the most spectacular moment is repeated on 16th June every year, during the celebrations of Saint Rainerius, the patron (link), when hundreds of oil lamps shine from every mullioned window of the tower. The tower of Pisa so ornate sparkles in the night. And the enchantment continues...
Festival of Saint Ranieri
If you are in Pisa around the 16th June, we invite you to take part in one of the most evocative city festivals: the Luminara di San Ranieri. “Luminara” is a vernacular term that stands for "luminaria" and indicates the complex of lights that the city of Pisa decorates to honour its patron saint, Saint Ranieri. This is the time of the year citizens and tourists most look forward to. As often happens, the events of the Luminara constantly followed those of the city and the first historical document attesting the tradition of the Luminara dates to 1337. Still today, every year, about 100,000 lights are placed on wooden frames emulating the architectural forms of churches, palaces, and towers of the Lungarni. After the lighting of the candles and thanks to the switching off of public and private lighting, the effect of these trembling lights offers a unique suggestion, with an ancient flavour, a dimension suspended in time. The evening ends with the fireworks that create a unique scenography thanks to the reflections on the waters of the Arno river. Grand Hotel Duomo is looking forward for you to come to Pisa on 16th June for the festival of Saint Ranieri.
Tuscan EVO oil tasting
An excellent extra virgin olive oil is produced in Tuscany. Even the hills surrounding Pisa have always been covered with olive trees from which this exquisite condiment is obtained thanks to the goodness of the soil and excellent exposure to sunlight along the hillsides. At Grand Hotel Duomo Pisa we will be happy to suggest the best "oil routes" to allow you to organise a trip among oil mills, countryside, ancient hamlets, and remains of medieval fortifications. The farmhouses scattered along the way offer guided tours to taste a good Tuscan EVO oil, an opportunity to learn how to taste the extra virgin olive oil correctly and recognise it using olfactory, visual and taste analysis. A physical and metaphorical journey pervaded by the flavours of the past, thanks to which you will find again certain atmospheres discovering not just the oil product, but a variety of typical regional specialities.
Tasting of local beers
In the surroundings of Pisa there are several microbreweries that produce excellent beer. If you are interested in the world behind a bottle of Made in Italy beer, for passion, for work or just out of curiosity, there is the chance to book a training moment specifically dedicated to beer tasting and to learning about beer and beer styles. This may also turn out to be an original gift idea, a surprise for a dear one.
Think of a weekend with a stay at Grand Hotel Duomo Pisa during which you could add an experience tasting local beers to the classic moments visiting the city.
Visit to Chianti
Tuscany is the land of vineyards and wine, the land of Chianti. Chianti Classico is one of the most famous red wines in Italy and although the Chianti territory extends in all directions, down to the hills of Pisa and Pistoia or to the hills of Arezzo and Siena, its heart remains the Chianti Classico, between Florence and Siena.
An eno-tasting tour through the Tuscan hills with guided tours of the cellars and countryside will be the perfect opportunity to discover the legend of the black rooster that has been the symbol of this wine for centuries. Remember to buy a few bottles as a souvenir of your visit to Chianti. At Grand Hotel Duomo Pisa you can also book a tasting of Tuscan wines at Bob's Lounge
A day at the Seaside
The Pisan coast extends from Marina di Vecchiano, near the mouth of the river Serchio, to Leghorn. The most famous beaches are those of Tirrenia and Marina di Pisa, that are as beautiful as the resorts of Versilia.
If during your stay in Pisa you would like to organise a day by the sea, you will surely find all the services you need at the seaside resorts of the province like restaurants, pubs, shops, spas and also many night clubs. The reception of Grand Hotel Duomo Pisa is at your disposal to suggest destinations, routes, curiosities and allow you to fully enjoy a day of relaxation and fun on the Tuscan coast.
Wellness at Bagni di Pisa
The thermal water that flows from the depths of San Giuliano Terme has been appreciated and used for its healing properties and functions since the times of the Etruscans and the ancient Romans.
Loved by the Medici family, the thermal complex at the Bagni di Pisa offers a totalising experience: from healthcare to slimming, from relaxation to beauty. At Bagni di Pisa you can relive the original meaning of the term SPA "Salus per Aquam", meaning health through water, from body to mind.
Lucca Comics & Games is an annual event that attracts thousands of people interested in the world of comics, fantasy, games of all kinds (video games, board games, cosplay...) to the town that is under half an hour from Pisa.
Lucca Comics & Games is considered the most important fair in the sector in Europe, a cross-media event between a convention and a festival. Book your next stay at Grand Hotel Duomo Pisa so you can visit the next edition of Lucca Comics & Games.