Economy of the province Pisana

The economic system of the province of Pisa is characterized by multiple activities: industrial sectors (marine, footwear, mechanical, chemical and pharmaceutical), tourism and its varied offering (sea, mountain, eno-gastronomic, cultural tourism, agritourism) , floriculture, local products, wine, oil, services.

In this system diversified economic, characterized by strong local economic specializations joins a significant cultural, historical and scenic and a widespread perception of local resources as an economic good (the natural and cultural history, crafts characteristic, the typical food) , conferring on the whole territory to a picture of widespread economic, social and environmental.

The main sectors in which articulates the productive apparatus of the province of Pisa are:

Production System

The province of Pisa with its beautiful scenery and natural, and the quality of the productions, is the ideal place to live but also to invest.

The territory of Pisa has a remarkable physical and economic, 2,450 square kilometers, more than 390,000 inhabitants, about 50,000 enterprises and a system infrastructure of great importance: adequate roads, highway and railway, the presence of 'international airport "Galileo Galilei" of Pisa for passengers and goods, ease of use of 'Interporto Amerigo Vespucci, the ports of Livorno and Piombino. The territory of Pisa has its strength in high scientific and cultural tradition characterized by the presence of three prestigious universities, from cutting-edge research centers, a Polo Hospital of absolute importance, the availability of significant degree, by the diversification of the production structure of quality, the vocation to scientific research through the use of technology parks and business incubators.

The local economy while maintaining product quality craft is evolving towards the application of new technologies. In addition, it can count on large potential: the district of hides and skin to produce the most important signatures of fashion. The machinery district relies on enhanced presence of Piaggio increasingly skilled and dynamic. The Research Centres and training in the area are world class. The area of ??Pisa is so open to receive differentiated investment in various sectors of industry and craft. The province also enjoys many financial benefits both Community and national and regional authorities.

Key areas in which to invest are listed below.

Real Estate

The real estate market in Pisa is growing. This increase is due in part to the substantial presence of university students, and in part to the expansion of the industrial area of ??Pisa and province. Those looking for a house to buy or want to sell their own, those who want to give or lease a property may apply to many real estate agents in the area. For the same reason did the Borsa Immobiliare Pisana, a structure created by the Chamber of Commerce of Pisa. Inside Real Estate agents operate selected according to requirements of professionalism, reliability and competence. Objective of the Exchange is to develop and strengthen the professionalism of the real estate market, ensuring of the public real estate service quality.


The trade has always been one of the popular activities. The growth of large retailers in the province of Pisa has increased in recent years. A resounding boom, broke out in recent years,
in which the province of Pisa rooms on the top step of the podium in Tuscany with its 237.2 square meters for the mass distribution of food and non. However, despite the boom in supermarkets, retail stores still hold. At 30 June 2005 the food shops were 1,512. Only four fewer than in 2001. In addition, non-food grew so glaring: from 4438 became 4575. Same goes for supermarkets. The growth of large retailers in Tuscany has, however, according to the leaders of the region, had also towed by the average small business and increased respectively by 10 and 6%. Especially thanks to projects for the promotion of natural active centers of Pisa and province.

Leather District

The District of leather covers an area of approximately 300 square kilometers in the provinces of Pisa and Florence. It is crossed by the River Arno and includes the towns of Santa Croce, Fucecchio, Castelfranco di Sotto, Montopoli in Val d'Arno and San Miniato. The District of leather is one of the areas with the highest rate of industrialization in Tuscany.
There are two prevailing productive activities: the manufacture of leather and leather and the footwear. In activities related to the processing of hides and leather they are used almost 10,000 employees, employed in about 800 production units. The tanneries in the area account for about 35% of the national production of leather for shoes, clothing and 98% of the production of sole leather. The district is connected to the motorway network from the road Firenze-Pisa-Livorno, privileged way to reach the port of Livorno, which passes much of the incoming raw materials and finished products at the start.

The district is located on the railway line Florence-Pisa, and is served by two stations (one third, the so-called inland port is intended for freight).
The Provincial Table of Fashion is an important and innovative experience of cooperative governance for the Province of Pisa. Born in 2003 to address issues related to the difficulties of the textile, clothing and leather and footwear, today is recognized as the privileged place of concerted policy intervention to support the fashion system Provincial.
The Provincial Table of Fashion, which also acts through a Technical Roundtable, gathers around him under the coordination of the 'Department of Economic Development of the Province of Pisa, all local institutions concerned with territorial (5 municipalities in the leather), the business associations of the sector (industrial, craft and trade), trade unions general and sectoral, and Chamber of Commerce and INPS of Pisa. These subjects plus the participation of the Regional Commission of 'ABI which is the trade union of the credit system.

Food and Wine

The excellence of food is represented by Pisan Pisano basket that large emphasis on the typical products of our land. Curated by 'APT in collaboration with the Service Productions Agricole is the pride of farmers, artisans and producers in our province.
For a tourist or a traveler who visits the province of Pisa route it is dotted with a number of small towns and tiny villages of ancient origin where it is still possible to appreciate the quiet pace of rural life leaving groped by gastronomic specialties, immersed in beautiful landscapes. The culinary art dates back to the Etruscans: is this mysterious people who passed by us in Tuscany and all, that good eating habits accompanied by wines genuine.


High Tech

The Province of Pisa offers a stimulating environment in terms of 'scientific research and technological innovation. Just think of the presence of the CNR (National Research Council) of Pisa, which consists of several institutes and centers Studies, concentrated in one area of research (S. Cataldo). Other research centers are: INFN (National Institute of Nuclear Physics), ENEA (Italian National Agency for Energy and Environment), ENEL-CRT (Research Center Thermal Enel), the Technological Pole of Navacchio, the Polo Sant'Anna Valdera technology.

In providing scientific and technological activities, there are also some centers to mixed participation which play a role of interface between the academic world and the Enterprise: the Pisa Research Consortium, the Consortium Qualital, the Centre for Innovation Aurelia and the Company, which manages the Science and Technology Park of western Tuscany. The main objective is to promote scientific and technological sectors more important, by improving communication and collaboration between the various local actors, integrating structures existing with new initiatives to be developed in different local areas.

It is in this multidisciplinary that have arisen in the province of Pisa various initiatives:

  • the Technology Centre of Cascina, specializing in high technology (micro-electronics), in close connection with traditional sectors (eg. mobile);
  • Pole Science and Technology Pontedera, managed by the company that PONT-TECH will operate in the field of advanced technologies (micro-mechatronics, robotics, virtual reality);
  • the Technology Centre of the Holy Cross, specializing in the leather, which will deal with training, applied research and highly specialized advice;
  • the Technology Centre of Peccioli, which will operate in the field of advanced technologies for the disabled.

The scientific and technological system of the Pisa-Livorno is in turn inserted in the Regional High Technology Network, which links in synergy with the other two universities in Tuscany, Florence and Siena.
Note, also, a significant presence of companies linked to the provision of software and consultancy, electronic data processing, production of equipment for industrial process control and telematics services, robotics, and eidomatics. The fund has advanced technology and cutting-edge expertise geared largely to the development of mechanized systems of high precision that apply in different sectors.


The sector plays a leading role on the entire provincial economy. The activities affected positively by tourism are hotels, restaurants, shops, construction, handicraft production, agro-food, local transport and museum activities.

The area lends itself well to receive investments because the development of tourism responds to diversified needs: the desire for a holiday at sea or mountains, but also the desire to discover the culture and folklore, traditions and food and wine products local, environmental goods, artistic and cultural; the search for opportunities for recreation, wellness, fitness and fun.

In this respect, several areas of the province represent a wealth of landscape and environmental resources, but also gastronomic traditions and agricultural products of excellence (wine, oil, etc.) Exploitable from a tourist, as well as commercial.


The fields of chemistry and pharmaceuticals in the province of Pisa are represented by companies that have a long tradition, together with the high competence in production and marketing.
The dense network of relationships that runs between large corporate structures and companies of smaller size, feeds a system of technological highly interconnected, whereby the provincial production always moves forward more in international markets. The chemical sector has a fair number of companies distributed between production of chemicals and synthetic fibers, plastics and rubber, metal processing non-metallic. Equally significant is by the pharmaceutical industry where the presence of some companies (Abiogen Pharma, Istituto Gentili, Farmigea, Baldacci Laboratories, Laboratories Guidotti) ensure excellent quality levels and margins attractive growth.


The boating industry has been recently strengthened as regards the shipbuilding yachting thanks to the activity of Navicelli SpA which manages the Navicelli Canal (16,500 km length, 31, 60 average width, depth 3 meters) on delegation of the Municipality of Pisa. The shipbuilding industry for large pleasure craft had considerable development. Currently there are 15 business units settled in Porto Pisano and along the channel Navicelli. But all bodes well that the next three years the settlements for the shipbuilding and advanced technologies will increase. Production is centered on boats / pleasure boats in steel length> 40 meters and pleasure craft resin between 25 and 40 meters and motorized set up.



Art and Culture

L 'University of Pisa is one of the oldest Italian universities and home to three major institutions: the ancient University of Pisa (founded in 1343), the Scuola Normale Superiore, specializing in humanities and theoretical sciences (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry ) and the Scuola Superiore S. Anna, specializing in social sciences (Economics, Law, Political Science) and experimental (Agriculture, Engineering and Medicine).

Cultural activity, both in terms of production and in terms of consumption, plays an important role in this area: the season of Concerts of national and international artists, the season Opera, Dance and Prose (Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Tuscany and Curtain The city's Teatro di Cascina, Pontedera Teatro of Pontedera, Pisa Festival Anima Mundi), research centers and cultural workshops (Stazione Leopolda, Lux Cinema Theatre, Theater Sant'Andrea) the province of Pisa offers a prestigious and varied landscape. Finally, there are many arts and cultural organizations throughout the area, some devoted to crafts of artistic recovery.

Associations and Territorial

  • Confapi - Italian Confederation of Small and Medium Industry
  • Industrial Union of Pisa
  • Association of Industrialists of the Province of Pisa
  • Confartigianato Association Of The Province Of Pisa
  • CNA Provincial Association of Pisa
  • Casartigiani
  • Acai Pisa
  • Confesercenti
  • Confcommercio
  • Italian Farmers Confederation Tuscany
  • Coldiretti
  • Confagricoltura
  • Legacoop
  • UNCI Tuscany
  • Confcooperative Tuscany
  • Tanners association Santa Croce Sull'Arno Pisa
  • Ponte a consortium tanners Egola - Pisa