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Visiting Italy is an eye-opening experience. The country has much to offer and countless historical sites and monuments. If you're planning a trip to Italy, it can be difficult to narrow down the places you want to visit. Pisa is perhaps not the first place you would think of, with many people automatically opting for Rome or Venice. But this unusual and unique city is well worth a visit and here's why.

Things to see

One of the most famous monuments in the world, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is not to be missed on your visit. It's actually the bell tower of Pisa cathedral and the lean was unintentional. Bad foundations caused it before the structure was even complete, with the tilt gradually worsening over the years. Modern construction has corrected it to some extent, stabilising the structure and allowing it to remain an icon of both the city and the country.

The Piazza del Duomo is also found at the same site, which is the Cathedral Square. Four ancient structures make up the area including the bell tower, the cathedral itself, the Baptistry and the Camposanto or cemetery. The area is often considered to be one of the main centres for medieval art in the world, making it well worth a visit. You can brush up on your history skills, as well as enjoy the breath-taking architecture that makes up these stunning buildings.

Churches are the order of the day in Pisa so if you want to gain a greater understanding of religion, it is the city to go to. You will find dozens of them, each with a slightly different history. Invest in a set of headphones and follow the audio guides around some of the bigger tourist attractions to give you a true, detailed understanding of what the city has to offer.

Further afield

If you take the car and head a little way out of the city, you'll also find yourself with plenty to see and do. Pisa is in Tuscany, which is known for its artistic history. Many influential figures in the world of art and science originate from Tuscany so there are lots of birthplaces and landmarks that are worth visiting.

If you enjoy wine drinking, you couldn't have found a much better place to visit. The world-famous Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino are just a few of the wines made in the region. Head to the wineries and take part in some wine tasting days. Not only will it give you an understanding of the different wines produced by the region, but you'll also get the opportunity to drive past some beautiful scenery on the way to the vineyards.

Alternatively, enjoy the scenery while trying the local Tuscan cuisine. Simplicity is the key so expect to indulge in cheeses, fresh fruit and, of course, a glass or two of Chianti. The region of Tuscany is naturally beautiful, as well as being full of architectural wonders. Visit the south coast of Monte Argentario and splash about in the lagoons, soaking up the warm sunshine.

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