11 March 2014

Pisa | Gateway to Tuscany


Leaning Tower of Pisa

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.

Pisa | Gateway to Tuscany
Pisa | Gateway to Tuscany
Pisa | Gateway to Tuscany Tower  - Miracle Square
Pisa Tower Italy
 

30 comments:

  1. A place I have never been too yet a lot of family members have and their pictures like your are amazing.

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    1. You definitely have to visit. You can go in the low season as its so much cheaper because its not as popular as summer months.

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  2. I loved Pisa. I went there for half a day from Florence.

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    1. Yeah, its so easy to access from Florence and vise versa.

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  3. All your photographs are very beautiful and fabulous. I love them especially the angles of the buildings, well captured with your creative eyes!
    Even you posed well like a model.

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  4. great post
    really nice photos
    almost feel like I've been there too., but I need to go for real some time soon.
    thanks for sharing your trip and tips

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    1. Definitely need to see it with your own eyes. Its not that expensive if you visit in low seasons.

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  5. Great photos and very stylish model!

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  6. Your pictures of Pisa and the surrounding area are some of the best I have ever seen! I like how you show the intricate details of the buildings.

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    1. Thank you Jeepnjj. Glad you like them.

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  7. Great post and very nice photos, much better than mine when I visited :))

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    1. Thanks Elena. As long as you enjoyed your visit there thats all that matters :D

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  8. Beautiful pictures! I would love one of those scarves!

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  9. Another part of Italy I have yet to visit... It looks fantastic though, thanks for the introduction! :)

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    1. No problem at all. You have to stop by there and visit.

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  10. Love the pics and would really like to go - especially after reading your post. I went once, when I was less than a year old (funnily enough I can't remember anything about it :)

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    1. You definitely have to visit again then. :D

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  11. Great photos! I combined Pisa with Florence and together they were the perfect getaway! Isn't seeing the Pisa for the first time such a visual treat? In all it's white and precarious-looking glory! Love your photos of Keith Haring especially.

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    1. Thanks Shing. It was definitely a treat! Would love to visit again and pass by Florence too.

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  12. Stunning pictures you have here! I know that the media stereotype with Pisa is surrounding the Leaning Tower but come on...you have to visit it at least once in your lifetime to say that you have experienced the global icon! I have never even visited Italy so can't really comment aside from how beautiful all of your images are.

    So much color and ambiance within all of the images - excellent review!

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    1. Oh you have to visa Italy soon. Plenty of beautiful spots even those not frequented by streams of tourists. I still have a few more posts on Italy to go up so hopefully my pictures will get you booking a flight in no time :)

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  13. Gosh this is stunning! Thank you for sharing your trip with us! I am going to take inspiration for this and share my upcoming trip to Hawaii with my readers.

    -- Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

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    1. Thank you Alexandra. Yeah definitely. Let me know once your Hawaii post is up and I will check it out.

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  14. beautiful photos..I love the architecture details. I admit I don't know much about Pisa besides the tower. I'd love to visit someday!
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    1. Thanks you. There is so much to Pisa than the Tower just like any city they like to concentrate a lot on the main draw to the city but there is more to it. Hope you get to visit soon and let me know what you thought of it.

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  15. Such a beautiful post. I love travelling and I really wanna go to Italy!

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