The origin of the name, Pisa is unknown, but the Pelasgi, Greeks, Etruscans and Ligurians have all been proposed as founders. Archaeological remains from the 5th century BC confirm the existence of a city at the sea and the presence of an Etruscan necropolis confirms it has Etruscan origins.
Originally founded on the shore, the sediments from the rivers Arno and Serchio built the land up and the shore moved West. Today, Pisa is about 9.7 km from the shore.
Pisa’s population as of January 2015 was 91,104, with a population of around 200,000 in the metropolitan area.
We had never been to Pisa before and enjoyed walking through its streets and neighbourhoods.
Market Day. This little market was just steps away from our apartment.
Architectural details, narrow lanes and sculpture art abound
Shops and shopping
Evening in the streets
All in all, an interesting city to wander around in.