Picturesque Pisa

Thursday, May 9, 2013

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Aside from Florence, Pisa is probably the most famous city in the region of Tuscany and its iconic leaning tower is something that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists to this beautiful place every year. Situated to the west of the region, Pisa lies on the bank of the river Arno, close to the Tyrrhenian Sea and is served by most of the major airports in the UK and America.

This breath-taking city has lots more to offer than the tower that slants at precisely 3.97 degrees although this is definitely something that shouldn’t be missed during your visit. There is plenty for people of all ages and more than enough to keep you occupied regardless of whether your trip is just a long weekend or an even longer fortnight away. So after you have braved the crowds and witnessed the leaning tower’s beauty, where should you head next?

Piazza Dei Miracoli – Literally translated as the ‘square of miracles’ this attraction will definitely not disappoint. Although you may struggle to miss it if you have already been to the tower (because you will already be in the square) it is important to point out the rest of the architectural genius that is on display. Joining the tower are the Baptistery, the Duomo and the Camposanto which all makes for a feast for the eyes. Be sure to visit at night to see these magnificent buildings all lit up together.

The Arno Promenade – If you are looking for a lively place to spend an evening then the promenade that runs along the river Arno is a good place to start. By day it will be filled with tourists admiring the medieval craftsmanship that is on offer in the way of architecture but by night the streets will be taken over by people enjoying themselves in the many pubs and restaurants that populate the area. If you are in Pisa around the time of 16th of June, be sure to visit this area in the evening to experience it lit by candle light in honour of Saint Ranieri.

Palazzo Blu – This is definitely one for the art lovers but let’s face it, if you are going to this fantastic area of Italy that is enriched with culture and history, you cannot pass up the chance to see some of its art. This museum contains plenty of art that depicts the history of Pisa as well as some interesting temporary exhibitions that often change, and to top it all off; it’s free to get in.

Giardino Scotto – This public park is definitely the place to come if you want a momentary escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is a great setting for a romantic wonder or a family picnic and there are even giant trampolines to keep the children amused. Admire the rustic beauty of the gardens or simply sit and relax while the rest of the world rushes by.

Corso Italia – If you are looking for a different way to while away the hours than looking at wonderful buildings or relaxing in ancient roman parks then this is the street to come to. This long, paved road is the biggest shopping area in Pisa and is the perfect place to spend those euros. There are shops to cater to everyone’s budget and plenty of cafes to rest in between the shops. And if all that shopping gets a bit too much then you can always retire to your luxury Tuscan Villa afterwards.

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