Pisa, best known for the famous Leaning Tower. There is a lot more to Pisa than just its tower, and as beautiful as that is there are many piazzas filed with charming Italian architecture or streets filled with entertaining locals and students. After all Pisa has 60,000 students enrolled at its university, so even without many tourists in the quiet seasons it can still have an air of buzz about the place. Pisa lies in the region of Tuscany, a popular region in Italy that also includes cities like Florence, Siena, Lucca, Arezzo and Livorno. The beauty about being in Pisa is not only Miracle Square, the home of the Pisa Baptisery, Pisa Basilica and Leaning Tower, but the mere fact that you can also be in Florence in less than one hour. Pisa has regular trains to and from Florence, at least 3 in one hour.
Pisa is small and could so easily be explored in one day. Although there are bus services, I would live that alone and take to the streets on foot. Enjoy the sights and the city's atmosphere from Pisa Centrale, the main train station of Pisa and walk through the town passing by the Piazza Emmanule and sample the melted chocolate hot chocolated. Even for someone with a sweet tooth that was deadly to say the least. Continue your walk through Corso Italia and check out Pisa's 'retail therapy district', through that and you have markets the lead you to River Arno, lined with bars and restaurants. You can come back to this later for the sunset over the river, but for now the walk continues. Arrive at Piazza Cavalieri and marvel at the small square's Renaissance history that comes alive in the buildings. This square also has historical significance for the city as the buildings here hosted the political powers of the city in the middle ages.
There are plenty of places to eat and during quite seasons you can also huggle your way to a bargain at the table as the restaurants are keen to have people walk through their doors. So next time you are in Pisa dont just head for the tower. Take a tour of the city and just wander. You never know what you might discover! Some shots from the trip below. In the next post on Pisa I will share with you on how you can take a party of 4 to Italy for the weekend and spend under £500 including flights accommodation, food and expenses and stay only meters from Miracle square.