Moving to a new country is something exciting; it will change your life, but it’s impossible to predict how or in what direction. There will be challenges mingled with the adventures, but if you are prepared for the move, then the fun should completely outweigh the logistical or bureaucratic side of things.
Our committed team at Housing Anywhere has taken steps to virtually guarantee an easy start to your life abroad by creating this guide for you. It covers big tasks - like sorting out your health insurance and finding accommodation in Pisa - to advice on places to go and things to see around the city.
Use the guide to familiarize yourself with Pisa before you go out, and you should find that you can blend seamlessly into Pisan life without much trouble. If you can effortlessly navigate the public transport system without even speaking Italian, you know you’re in for a good time.
Enjoy every minute of your time in Pisa - we wish you every success!
Pisa is actually the capital city of its self-titled province, Pisa. Located in Tuscany in central Italy, it is best-known for the architectural mishap-turned-masterpiece, the Leaning Tower of Pisa - however, it has so much more to offer than that!
The city is filled to bursting with medieval architecture, including churches, palaces and the University of Pisa which has been standing since the 12th century! Being small, with only 90,000 residents in the city, there is a classy and comfortable feel to most of the shops, restaurants and bars.
As a student, you have a lot to look forward to - Pisa is one of the most highly-rated academic areas in Europe, never mind Italy. Studying at the university will be an eye-opening experience for you, before you even consider the nightlife, the people and the great Italian weather!
It’s a beautiful city, and you’re going to love living there.
While some areas in Italy may use different dialects or strange evolutions of "vulgar latin", in Pisa you’re going to be speaking plain-old Italian. It’s a pretty touristy city all year, so many restaurants, bars and shops will have at least some English ability - however, as with anywhere else, it’s best to learn at least some of the local tongue.
Pisa isn’t blessed with the same uncompromising sunshine and blue skies as other parts of Central or Southern Italy, though it’s nowhere near as bad the likes of Rotterdam (where it rains most of the time).
The warmest months of the year are July and August, and most of the rain comes from October onwards, so if you move over summer you’ll get a good amount of sun. The temperature can reach the mid-twenties during the day over summer, so you’ll need to bring your shades! It rarely gets as slow as freezing, with 3-4oC being about the minimum overnight temperature in winter.
Here, you will find some practical information about Pisa and Italy in regards to Italian Holidays, which will help you with planning your vacation. These are all public holidays, and so should be days off from university - make sure to check with your institution just to ensure they are definitely awarding them!