Pisa is a legendary city and one of the most famous in this region of Italy. Tourists often stop at Pisa en-route to Florence but it is a fantastic city to stay in and offers a great deal more sites than just it’s legendary leaning tower. Located on the western coast of Italy, Pisa is only 20 minutes from the Ligurian Sea and has great transport links to Florence, Livorno and La Spezia. With a population of just 91,000 it is one of the smaller cities in the Tuscany region of Italy, but has historically been one of the most important and influential.
Vistas of undulating hills, rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of our journey through beautiful Tuscany. We took a break in Pisa to see the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the amazing Leaning Tower, then on to Florence.
Pisa, Italy is best known for its leaning tower, but there is so much more to see in this Tuscan town. Piazza dei Miracoli, the area around the cathedral and the tower, is beautiful, and a visit can easily occupy several hours. Pisa was one of the four great maritime republics in the Middle Ages, and it retains a good selection of monuments from that era. There’s also the Arno River, a university, and several interesting museums.
Okay, I’m going to be very honest with you all–there really is not a ton to see or do in Pisa. However, if you’d like to stop for the famous pic with the leaning tower, I recommend just making it short stop in the city for an hour or two. We went on a lovely day, and were able to get some fun pictures–but other than the famous quirky tower, there really is not a whole lot to do.
It really was such a beautiful day.
I have to make a confession though. This may hurt a bit…but I have to be honest: the leaning tower was SO much smaller than I ever imagined! I legitimately thought it was going to be much taller then it is. It’s really not very big at all.
Also, I know you can buy tickets to go inside! We did not do this, but if you want to spend a little bit longer there–that’s always an option.
Check out our video of Pisa to Florence: