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Colors of Pisa - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Pisa, Italy The best way to learn local ethnic customs and cultural traditions is participating in one of the unique ethnic fests. Pisa has become an established place for holding interesting sport events and street festivals. The city witnesses several symbolic religious fests as well. A bright and exciting holiday is the Palio di San Ranieri which is held on 17th of June. The holiday is dedicated to the main patron saint of the city. The main events of the holiday take part in the Arno area.
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The holiday is opened with a grand parade which is followed then with the main entertaining event of the day being a boat race. The regatta is an impressive and rather emotional event which will be of great interest for all tourists and city guests. The name of the patron saint is associated with another bright festival which is the Luminara di San Ranieri which is celebrated a day prior to the Palio di San Ranieri on 16th of June. The holiday was established in the middle of the 17th century. In the course of its history the event has been sufficiently changed and today a single day is not enough for holding of all the planned events of the holiday.
On the festive day all the churches, cathedrals and temples of the city are decorated with a specially chosen system of illumination. Nice lanterns and lamps can be seen on the houses of local folks as well. The Tower of Pisa being the main symbol of the city gets its luxurious illuminating decoration too. The landmark looks fantastic in the bright lights of the decoration. At nightfall city residents set off to the bank of the river to set special small lights afloat. After the ritual large companies of people proceed to a square at the old Citadel (La Cittadella) where a great fireworks show takes place. Copyright
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One of the newest and most engaging holidays in Pisa is considered to be the Gioco del Ponte (its name means “games on a bridge”) offering its participants the most exciting sport contests and competitions. According to one of the theories the holiday originated from the Middle Ages epoch when local equestrians organized fights named Mazzascudo, entertaining themselves and mastering their fighting skills in such a way. Modern holiday is opened with a knight parade. A scale march of knights clad in medieval dresses follows the Arno river bank.
Climbing the Leaning Tower The holiday was banned in the beginning of the 19th century. It was held the next time only in the middle of the 20th century. Dangerous breakneck fights taking lives of hundreds of knights were decided to replace with less life challenging and more exciting competitions. One of the most engaging and emotional contest which is held within the holiday is pulling of a cart.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Pisa and surroundings

Reference information
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Pisa
♥   Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta, Pisa, 1.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Pietro Apostolo a Grado, San Piero a Grado, 5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di S. Martino, Lucca, 16.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Paolino, Lucca, 17.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Frediano, Lucca, 17.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di S. Francesco, Livorno, 19.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Andrea, Viareggio, 20 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Pisa
♥   Castle 'Gambacorti’s Castle' Filettole, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Roncioni’s Castle' Ripafratta, 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Santa Maria Castle' Vecchiano, 7.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Verruca Fortress' Calci, 12.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Porcaresi Castle' Villa Basilica, 16.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Fortezza Nuova' Livorno, 19 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Fortezza Vecchia' Livorno, 19.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Pisa and around

Piazza dei Miracoli

From the series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
The Piazza dei Miracoli is a very popular place in Pisa. A lot of travellers know it under the name of the Square of Miracles. The square is surrounded by the outstanding Medieval monuments. Together with the square, it became an important sightseeing of the universal importance. Near the square has placed the Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta of the 1603 year. There were used the most beautiful marble types. Also, the cathedral is decorated with 16-17th-century wall paintings. … Read further

Grotta Giusti

From the series “Most Extraordinary Thermaes, Baths and Saunas in the World”
Tourists who prefer recreation in picturesque areas can go to Tuscany. Here is a unique bath complex, which was opened in the natural cave of Giusti. Now it is a part of the infrastructure of the prestigious Grotta Giusti Resort Golf & Spa Tuscany. The depth of the cave in which the thermal complex has been built is about 200 meters, on its bottom there is a hot spring. … Read further

Fortezza Medicea Restaurant

From the series “The Most Exotic Restaurants in the World”
In the surroundings of Pisa, there is a striking historical sight - the Fortezza Medicea Castle, the largest part of its existence as the site of the high-security prison. A few years ago the historical prison was opened for the excursions. Later, the 'prison restaurant' of the same name was opened. To sample its specialties, guests have to observe some rules. … Read further
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Pisa

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