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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

Old Town of San Gimignano

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So, the well-off locals tried to underline their crucial finance and social status. That’s why it was spent a lot of money for the building. According to the historical data, in the Medieval time, there were built about 60 towers but only 14 were saved until today. Torre Grossa is the tallest tower in San Gimignano, with 54 meters high. Torre del Diavolo is the most mysterious, twin towers Torri Dei Salvucci are the most beautiful. … Read further

Riomaggiore Town

From the series “Small Flamboyant Towns Painted with Van Gogh Colors”
According to historical records, the town was founded in the 13th century. Today, it occupies an area of ​​about 10 square km. About 1 700 people constantly live in the town. Many travelers get to Riomaggiore within a sightseeing tour after visiting the nearby village of Manarola. Two of these small settlements are connected with the beautiful mountain road called the Road of Love. … Read further
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Pisa

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