The River Arno
cuts Pisa in two halves.
North of the river, in the Tramontana
district, or Borea, are the Lungarno Mediceo (situated between the Ponte alla Fortezza and Piazza Garibaldi) and the Lungarno Pacinotti (between Piazza Garibaldi and the Ponte Solferino). South of the river, in the Mezzogiorno
district, or Austro, are the Lungarno Sonnino (that goes from the Ponte della Cittadella to the Ponte Solferino), the Lungarno Gambacorti (between the Ponte Solferino and the Ponte di Mezzo) and the Lungarno Galilei (between the Ponte di Mezzo and the Ponte alla Fortezza).
At the end of this virtual cruise are the Lungarno Buozzi, on the right bank, and the Lungarno Fibonacci, on the left bank of the Arno.
In this chapter of our tourist guide we cannot certainly make a list of all the Pisan villas and palaces that are reflected in the River Arno: not only would it be boring - the list is so long! - but also hazardous - the risk is to leave something behind. Suffice it to say that even Giacomo Leopardi
, the author of the poems To Sylvia
and The Village Saturday-Night
, was spellbound by what Pisans and tourists consider the most elegant part of the town.
Why do not you, then, wear a pair of comfortable shoes, take your camera and spend a whole day doing urban trekking along the banks of River Arno? And do not forget that in certain days of the year the lungarni
act as a background to important folkloric events, including the Gioco del Ponte, the Luminara and the Palio di San Ranieri.
A last tip: if you want to get acquainted with Pisa by observing it from an unusual point of view... read the following chapter!
Our most requested villas:
Villa sleeping 8+2 in Castiglioncello, in the province of Livorno, in Val di Cecina. Barbecue, Internet connection, air conditioning, wide garden, bicycles. The villa is just a few kilometres from the beach. Tennis club, riding stable and golf club nearby.
Holiday farmhouse dating back to the 17th century in the medieval village of Buti, between Pisa and Lucca, a few kilometres from the beaches of Versilia. 8 sleeping accommodations, swimming pool, panoramic terrace.
Holiday villa for rent in Lower Valdarno, between Pisa and Livorno, in Casciana Terme. 6/8 sleeping accommodations, swimming pool, air conditioning, barbecue equipment, hydromassage, satellite TV, Internet connection, tasting, cooking courses. SPAs nearby.
*Valid in some periods
Holiday villa with annex in Chianni (Pisa), in Valdera. 16/19 sleeping accommodations, fenced swimming pool, sauna, hydromassage, Internet connection, private tennis court, children`s playground, bowl pitch. A few kilometres from Rosignano Solvay and its beaches; thermal bath nearby.
*Valid in some periods