On visiting Pisa travellers should always see beyond the Piazza dei Miracoli as Pisa has other sights to offer apart from it. There are places to stroll around in the four quarters it consists of.
The centre of town is composed of the Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza XX Settembre sitting at the two extremes of the Ponte di Mezzo. The street Borgo Stretto begins in Piazza Garibaldi and is lined with shops. This street along with Corso Italia, which originates in Piazza XX Settembre, are at present a pedestrian section. The Palazzo del Comune and Logge dei Banchi constructed in 1600 to house the textile market lie in the Piazza XX Settembre.
Lungarno Mediceo and Lungarno Pacinotti (northern side of the Arno) Lungarno Galilei and Lungarno Gambacorti (southern side) are the streets running along the river where strolling is fabulous in particular when lights twinkle on the surface of the river.
La Cittadella ( Lungarno Simonelli) served as a shipyard in the medieval times as the sea was nearer Pisa then. This former fortress protected the entrance to the town by means of the Arno.
One of the former fortresses in town was transformed into a park: Giardino Scotto ( Lungarno Fibonacci ). It is available to public in the summer for outdoor performances of movies, musical events and other cultural activities.
When the Orto Botanico di Pisa (University Botanical Garden) (Via Luca Ghini 5; open Mon-Fri in the morning, free admission) was inaugurated it was then the first example in Europe. It was conceived by Cosimo de Medici in 1544.
The mural Tuttomondo by Keith Haring was executed on the back wall of the Convent of the Chiesa di Sant’Antonio in 1989. The artist who having stepped in Pisa fell for it immediately, made this painting as a present to the town he had adored so much in his visit. The mural is between the railway station and Corso Italia.
The Casciana Terme ‘s renowned healing water draws many whose cardiovascular and respiratory systems need it. This water is beneficial on those in rehabilitation therapies.
San Giuliano Terme’s water exerting good effects is composed of calciferous magnesium sulphate and healing essential elements. This water flows at the bottom of Mount San Giuliano in two different parts the Eastern Baths and the Western Baths whose water emerges at different temperatures 40ºC and 30ºC respectively.