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Pisa is a university city full of life. Its centre boasts a wide range of meeting places: piazzas, bars, pubs, restaurants, pizzerias, clubs and live music pubs. Around Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza delle Vettovaglie you have the chance to plunge into the heart of a youthful lifestyle and enjoy the classic "happy hour" in one of the many bars of this area.

The cultural life in Pisa revolves around museums, cultural associations, cinemas and theatres where programmes of events include theatre, concerts, opera, dance and other events.

The most important theatre is the Teatro Verdi located in the city centre, built between 1865 and 1867 which was officially opened with the opera "Guglielmo Tell" by Rossini. This theatre has one of  the biggest stages in Italy. Besides the Teatro Verdi there is Sant'Andrea Theatre located inside the Romanesque Sant'Andrea Church (12th Century).

There is also CinemaTeatroLux located in Santa Caterina Square in the ancient chapel of SS. Salvatore (14th Century). The two latter theatres often host shows of local companies at very cheap prices.

If you like going to the cinema, there are many in the city centre as well as outside the medieval walls. At the Arsenale Cine Club you can find movies in various European languages. Wednesdays is

Spectator's Day at the cinemas, so tickets cost only 4,50€ instead of 7,00€. Many young people take advantage of this discount to go to the cinema.

If you like exhibitions many of them are hosted at the Palazzo Blu and at the Expo Center SMS San Michele degli Scalzi.


During the year you can participate in several events. Don't forget to mark the following dates on your calendar:


The feast of Saint Ubaldo, flower market along the river Arno at Le Piagge.


In this month many events are organized, which is why residents call it "giugno pisano".

  • 16th June: the Luminara, on the eve of the feast of the Patron Saint, all the façades of the buildings on the Arno embankmentsare illuminated by candles and nightlights (also called lampadini). The feast, also called "the Lights of San Ranieri" reaches its climax with a beautiful firework show.

  • 17th June: Palio of San Ranieri, feast of Pisa's Patron Saint. In the afternoon four boats representing the colours of the most ancient districts of the city take part in a regatta on the river Arno. This is a vestige of the prestigious tradition of Pisa as oneof the ancient Maritime Republics.

  • Last Sunday of June: the Battle of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte). It is played on the Ponte di Mezzo (the Middle Bridge) between the teams of Tramontana and Mezzogiorno. The Gioco del Ponte starts in the evening after the historical 16th century costume parade.

Mid October

Pisa Book festival: reading, publishing workshops and discussions take place and food is also available.

End of October

Dolcemente Pisa. Festival of typical sweets of the Tuscan tradition.


Pisa Vini: an important exhibition dedicated to wines and to the typical high quality products of the Pisa area.


Every second week end of the month, Pisa hosts a craftsmanship market.

Every second and fourth Saturday of the month in Piazza Santa Caterina there is a food market with a wide variety of local and organic vegetables, honey and cheese.

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