Pisa is easy to reach both from other parts of Italy and from abroad:

By car: from Genoa or Milan take the A12 Genova-Pisa highway. For arrival from Rome, take the A12 Roma-Civitavecchia highway and the E80 expressway. From Florence take the A11 Firenze-Mare highway or the Firenze-Pisa-Livorno expressway.

By train: If you are arriving from Rome you can take a direct train to Pisa. Alternatively, you can take a train from Rome to Florence, and use the train service linking Pisa and Florence (takes about one hour). If you are arriving from Milan, you should take a train to Florence, where you can get a connection to Pisa. Pisa is also on the Rome-Genoa line with frequent trains in both directions. Pisa Central Station is a 15-minute walk from the Scuola, which is on the south side of the river Arno. For more information please visit:

By plane: Galileo Galilei International Airport is located in Pisa. It is the most important airport in Tuscany, connecting the city with major Italian and European destinations. The airport is just one kilometre from the city. There are connections to the city both by train and bus.The taxi rank is located in front of the airport exit. A "Collective Taxi" service is available from the airport to Pisa Central Station and Piazza Duomo. These taxis take a maximum of eight people with a set rate per person. For more information:

City bus service: The bus company (CPT) serves the city with many local bus routes and even routes connecting Pisa with the main seaside resorts such as Tirrenia, Marina di Pisa, Marina di Vecchiano and Viareggio (you can find time tables in the CPT office located in Piazza Sant'Antonio, close to the central train station). Within the city there are three main bus routes identified with 3 colors: LAM rossa (LAM red), LAM verde (LAM green) and LAM blu (LAM blue). These Lam lines run about every 10 minutes. The most useful for tourists is the LAM rossa/red that connects Pisa airport, the train station and Piazza dei Miracoli (where the leaning tower is located) distant five minutes walk to/from the Scuola. The Bus company CPT is located in Piazza Sant’Antonio, near the Central Railway Station,for further information please visit:


Usually students find an apartment to share with other Italian or foreign colleagues by checking out postings placed on bulletin boards in each of the School's locations or by referring to estate agencies, browse internet and read local newspapers for advertisements.

Here below some useful links:


The cost of accommodation depends a lot on the location. The cost of a furnished single room with shared facilities in the centre of Pisa or close-by ranges from € 300 to € 350 euros per month, whereas one bed in a double room costs around 200/250 euros. The rent for a furnished flat/apartment in Pisa ranges from € 500 to 1000 euros, depending on the location, number of rooms, whether facilities are private or shared, etc. Rent is usually paid monthly.


Before renting a room or an apartment, ask whether the agreed price includes any extras such as: utilities (heating, water, light and gas bills etc); a condominium charge (e.g. cleaning, use of a lift, communal lighting, and garden maintenance). Generally extra expenses are not included, hence you may need to calculate at least 30 euros extra per month. In most cases, one or two months rent is required in advance as part of a deposit (“caparra”), which will be returned when you leave the room or apartment.


A codice fiscale (Italian tax code) is a personal code that identifies each person within the Italian State. You need one to have your badge of the Scuola, if required. But it necessary as well to open a bank account, to get a cellular phone, and to receive your scholarship.

To obtain a codice fiscale, you need to complete a request form and apply to the “Agenzia delle Entrate” with a valid identity document (for example: passport, Stay Permit or receipt of request, visa). The codice fiscale is usually issued immediately.

Address: Agenzia delle Entrate di Pisa, via Matteucci - GALLERIA G.B.GERACE, 7/15- 56124 Pisa, Tel +39 050 315471 Fax +39 050 3154823


If you need to open a bank account, you should go to one of the local banks with the following documents:

• Stay Permit (or the temporary receipt you received after making your application) or codice fiscale (Italian tax code

• certificate of school enrolment

• identity document or passport


Catholic religion

Pisa has plenty of catholic churces. For any informations


Synagogue Via Palestro, 24 56127 – Pisa Tel and Fax +39 050 542580


Islamic Cultural Centre; 16, v. delle Belle Donne, Pisa 56125, Tel +39 050 45466


C.U.S.(Centro Universitario Sportivo) in Pisa offers a wide range of sporting activities. CUS - Secretarial Office (open mornings between 10.00 and 12.00), Via Federico Chiarugi 6 Pisa, Tel. +39 050 562326.

See also: Web:

For a list of other sports organizations see:à_sportive.htm

There are also gym clubs in Pisa (Palestre).

For a list see:


If you are a student of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies you can access to the linguistic course held by the Linguistic Centre of the University of Pisa (


Here are a few explanations of important words, which may be of use to you when trying to arrange your accommodation in Pisa:

Camera singola: single room.

Camera doppia: double room.

Lavatrice: washing machine. Termosingolo/termoautonomo/Riscaldamento: heating system for an individual house.

Riscaldamento centralizzato: heating system for a whole building.

Posto-bici: place for the bicycle.

Posto-letto: an extra bed, perhaps in a double room

Spese di condominio: maintenance expenses for the communal areas in an apartment block.

Ragazzo/a pendolare: students who live and study during the week and then go home at the weekends.

Caparra/Cauzione: a deposit, which is usually given back when the tenant leaves providing there has been no problem or damage during their stay.



The Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies has a well-stocked library including the best scientific and academic publications from all over the world.

Please visit:

Pisa University's extensive cultural and historic resources are also open to students, professors and the general public. Please visit:


Full-time students, postgraduate students, research associates, School fellowship holders, teaching personnel, technical and administrative staff, contract researchers and guests of the School are permitted to use the canteen. The canteen is located within the Headquarters of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, in Piazza Martiri della Libertà, 33 – Pisa

Please visit:


ASL (Azienda Sanitaria Locale): the local health-care offices

CLI (Centro Linguistico Interdipartimentale) Interdepartmental Language Centre of University of Pisa

CUS (Comitato Sportivo Universitario) the University's sports association

DSU (Azienda Regionale per il Diritto allo Studio): a regional institution that grants financial aid to students

EU European Union

IRO International Relations Office

LA (Laurea): a 3-year first-cycle degree equivalent to 180 credits

LS (Laurea specialistica): a 2-year second-cycle degree equivalent to 120 credits

LSU (Laurea specialistica a ciclo unico): a 5/6-year single-cycle degree equivalent to 300/360credits

MA (Master universitario): a 1-year or 2-years specialization course equivalent to 60 credits

MIUR (Ministero dell'Università e della Ricerca): the Italian Ministry of University and Research

PSV Polo Sant’Anna Valdera (Pontedera)

SSN (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale) the Italian National Health Service

SSSUP Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Studi Universitari e Perfezionamento

URP (Ufficio Relazioni con il Pubblico): information office


• 1st January - New Year's Day

• 6th January – Epiphany

• Early April - Easter Monday

• 25thApril - Liberation Day

• 1st May - Labour Day

• 2nd June – Italian Republic Holiday

• 17thJune - Patron saint's day, San Ranieri

• 26th July - Patron saint’s day of the Scuola (Sant’Anna)

• 15thAugust - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

• 1stNovember - All Saints Day

• 8thDecember - Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

• 24thDecember - Christmas Eve

• 25thDecember - Christmas Day

• 26thDecember – Boxing Day / St. Stephen’s Day


DSU - Tassa Regionale
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