Pisa Airport or Pisa Galileo Galilei International Airport to quote its full name, takes its name from the scientist and local native of Pisa, Galileo. If you have car hire at Pisa Airport, it is easy to get to the city via the SS1 route and it will take no more than 10 minutes. The city of Pisa of course, is most famous for its leaning tower, which was originally built as a cathedral bell tower.
The airport has one terminal and there are hundreds of weekly flights mostly operated by budget airlines. There is a tourist board office for local information and customer service desk for airport enquiries. The airport has many useful facilities including a chemist and hairdressers as well as banks and 2 currency exchange bureaus for all your financial services. Internet points are available for a fee and there is also a business centre, if you need to check emails. A VIP lounge is available for a charge, if you wish to relax or work in peace before your flight. There are 20 shops to browse whilst you wait and many showcase products that are ‘Made in Italy’. If you need food or a drink, there are 6 bars, 2 pizzerias and creperies and 3 restaurants to pick from. There is also a panoramic terrace from which you can watch what is happening on the runway.
Pisa is world famous for its Leaning Tower that is now iconic and a must see, it dates from 1173 and was originally the cathedral bell tower. There are two other leaning towers in Pisa, due to the marshy land the city sits on. The Duomo or cathedral is impressive and has Romanesque artworks inside. The Baptistery is an interesting and grand building and there are views of the Field of Miracles. The Museo di San Matteo is a combined history and art museum specializing in Tuscan art and really gives you a feel for the city. You can take a walk along the Arno River and enjoy the outdoor cafes there. The Campo –Santo Cemetery has unusual medieval frescoes and Roma Sarcophagi.
If you have car hire in Pisa, there is so much to explore, Pisa is the perfect base for exploring the delights of Tuscany including the medieval towns of Lucca and San Gimignano. You could also visit the port town of Livorno and amazing city of Florence.