Pisa is a university city with a population of nearly 100,000 with 40,000 students, not all of whom are local residents. It is situated in Tuscany, close to the coast and just 80 km from Florence. Its international airport has daily flights to London, Paris and Frankfurt, Rome, Milan, and other important Italian cities. The railway station is located on the main line from Turin to Rome. There is also very frequent train service to and from Florence.
Please click to see a map of Pisa which indicates the location of the CNR Research Area (address: Via G. Moruzzi 1, 56124 , Pisa).
"Pisa Centrale" Railway Station
is approximately 5 km from the CNR Research Area.
For further information (timetable, reservations, etc.) please visit the official web site of
To reach the CNR Research Area you can take Bus No.7 (direction Via di Pratale) or Bus No.13 (direction Cisanello), getting off at the first stop in Via di Pratale. Tickets must be bought at the station.
You can also take a taxi. Taxis are located near the Railway Station exit. For non-stop radio taxi service call +39 050 541600.
From the Railway Station in Pisa:
Pisa is near the intersection of two highways:
A12 north-south (Sestri Levante - Livorno) and
A11 east-west (Pisa - Florence).
Exit at "Pisa centro" and follow the signs towards the center of the town. You can see the interactive route map .
Parking is available at the CNR Research Area.
International Airport "Galileo Galilei"
(airport code: PSA) is on the outskirts of the town,
approximately 6 km from the CNR Research Area.
To reach the CNR Research Area, it is probably easiest to take a taxi. Taxis are located near the "Arrivals" exit of the air terminal. For non-stop radio taxi service call +39 050 541600.
Otherwise, you can take Bus No.7 , getting off at the first stop in Via di Pratale. Tickets must be bought within the airport.
In addition from the nearby International Airport "Amerigo Vespucci" (airport code: FLR) in Florence, which is about 100 km far from Pisa, it is possible to reach Pisa by traveling about 1 hour by train.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
is undoubtedly one of the most famous and beloved monuments in the world.
From 1173 (when its construction started) up to the present,
the Tower has been the object of very special attention,
both because of its dramatic lean, and its beauty.
In 1990, the structure was was deemed to be leaning too far for tourists to climb safely and
it was closed to the public.
Happily, Italy's legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa re-opened to the public on December 15th, 2004, and
is now standing just a little straighter.
Besides the tower, Pisa has other significant sights. Highlights are the Duomo, the Cathedral of Pisa, which is famed for its Romanesque panels depicting the life of Christ and the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo that contains many other dramatic examples of Romanesque and Gothic art.