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Pisa rises on the right bank of the Arno River at approximately 15 Km form the seaside (Tyrrehenian Sea).
It's the capital city of the Province of Pisa and it's worldly famous for its Leaning Tower but Pisa has several beauties to be discovered as ancient palaces and squares, museums, its characteristic Lungarno (walking path all long the river Arno), a beautiful natural and environmental heritage. For example you can visit the Natural Park of Migliarino - San Rossore, Massaciuccoli Lake, the Pisan Mountain ("Monti Pisani"), the Pisan Hills ("Colline Pisane") and the Coastline (Marina di Vecchiano, Marina di Pisa and Tirrenia).
Even the thermal baths are renowed: Casciana Terme, San Giuliano Terme and Uliveto Terme.
The city has an ancient history: its origins are connected with Greeks and Etruscans (see Etruscan necropolis). Pisa became an important port in the Roman times, definitively asserting itself as a seagoing power in the 12th century when it became a Republic after participating in the First Crusade. It extended its influence over the whole Tuscan coast and Sardinia, succeeding in defeating its rival Amalfi and the Saracens. This period was the start of the town's phase of greatest economic prosperity and artistic splendour.
The best way to discover and enjoy Pisa is by foot: the historical center is small and all the main attractions are collected there.
Notable people were Pisan: Galileo Galiei, the famous physicist, Andrea Pisano, sculptor, Giosuè Carducci, poet.