Galileo Galilei Airport is the main airport of Tuscany, located in Pisa, Italy. The airport is named after famous scientist and Pisa native, Galileo Galilei. The airport accommodates almost 5 million passengers arriving into this region of Italy every year. Its location close to historic Tuscan towns and the coast makes it an ideal location to visit.
Just 5 kilometres from the airport is the Tuscan city of Pisa. A city with iconic landmarks, ancient piazzas, riverside walks and the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Visitors can enjoy the architectural splendour of the buildings located in Piazza dei Miracoli. The Square of Miracles" is recognised as one of the most important centres of medieval art and architecture in the world. Dominated by Pisa Cathedral, the Baptistry, the Campanile and Camposanto Monumentale, the architecture is breathtaking. Firstly, explore Pisa Cathedral dating back to 1064. It is in this cathedral that Galileo is said to have formulated his pendulum theory from watching the swinging incense lamp hanging from the nave ceiling. The artwork and sculptures within the building are a sight to behold and the rich history well worth discovering. Walk a couple of minutes across the grass to reach the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the iconic landmark known for its unintentional tilt and being the oldest structure in the square. Visitors can climb the spiral staircase to the top to gain views of the surrounding skyline and take memorable photographs. The dome shaped Baptistry is an example of Romanesque design transitioning to Gothic, it’s constructed from local marble and is a picturesque feature of Cathedral Square. In addition to Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa has much more to discover. Stroll through ancient streets, dine on traditional cuisine in a charming trattoria or sip coffee in one of the quaint cafes by the river bank.
There is a frequent and reliable bus service, which takes arriving travellers from the airport to Pisa Central Station. A new service called Pisa Mover aims to transport passengers to and from the airport and city centre rail station within 8 minutes. From the main station in Pisa, rail networks operate to major Italian cities and Tuscan coastal resorts.
Galileo Galilei Airport served as a military airstrip throughout the 1930s and 1940s. Towards the end of the Second World War, the United States Army Air Forces used the airport as a base. Today, it is the main air transportation hub of Tuscany, with regular flights arriving from all over Europe. Its proximity to the cultural delights of Pisa, Florence and the seaside resorts of Tuscany ensure that this airport and its surrounding areas will continue to grow and develop in the coming years.