Republic of Pisa

Regional Overview

A Maritime Empire

Pisa is the only city in Tuscany with an unbroken urban tradition dating back to Roman times. Once much closer to the coast, Pisa built a maritime empire that stretched across the Tuscan Coast and the Mediterranean. Today it is a predominantly agricultural region, full of picturesque villages scattered in the fertile plains between the mountains and the rugged coast.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • The medieval monuments of Pisa’s rise to power in the city and surrounding area
  • The spectacular natural beauty of Elba and the Tuscan Archipelago
  • The fortified castle towns that Pisa constructed to defend its borders




Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

What is the Republic of Pisa?

The lands of the old Pisan Republic are full of small towns and crumbling castles. With the Republic’s fall before the height of the Middle Ages, it never developed a legacy of stone beyond the walls of Pisa. The Second World War also took an enormous toll as it reduced Livorno and many of the Northern Town to ash and rubble. What Pisa continues to offer is a land of spectacular coastline and an interior of timeless charm.

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My Subjective Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

7.4 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 10
  • Transportation: 5
  • Volume/Capacity: 6
  • Infrastructure: 8
  • Interactivity: 8

7 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Context: 5
  • Monuments: 10
  • Quality: 6

7 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Abstraction: 7
  • Tradition: 7



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