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Italy facts & history in brief

Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pisa is a city in Tuscany, central Italy, on the right bank of the mouth of the river Arno on the Tyrrhenian Sea.
It is the capital city of the Province of Pisa.

Cittā di Pisa
Province Pisa
Region Toscana
Area 185 kmē
Altitude 4 m
Location 43°43'N 10°24'E
Population 85,379
Patron saint San Ranieri (feast: June 17)
Official Site (http://www.comune.pisa.it/)

Nobody really knows when Pisa was founded.
The city lies at the junction of two rivers, Arno and Auser (now disappeared) in the Tyrrhenian Sea forming a laguna area.
The Pelasgi, the Greeks, the Etruscans and the Ligurians have variously been proposed as founders of the city.
Archeological remains from the 5th century BC confirm the existence of a city at the sea, trading with Greeks and Gauls.
The presence of an Etruscan necropolis was discovered during excavations in the Arena Garibaldi in 1991.
Also ancient Roman authors referred to Pisa as an old city.
Servius wrote that the Teuti, or Pelopes, the king of the Pisei, founded the town thirteen centuries before the birth of Christ.
Strabo referred Pisa's origins to the mythical Nestor, king of Pylos, after the fall of Troy.
Vergil in his Aeneid states that Pisa was already a great and developed centre by the times described; foundation of the city in the 'Etruscan lands' credited to settlers from Alpheus coast.

For a more information about Pisa see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pisa) December 2005
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During 1978, Sarolta, my daughter and I had a fairly extensive look around in Italy, many of it's cities, architectural, monumental, artistic and natural treasures.

We did enjoy our tripping around.

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