We cannot deny that when one speaks of Pisa, one immediately thinks of the Leaning Tower, and in most cases, it is believed that only that is worth the visit, but in reality, in Pisa, there is not only the Tower.
Our itinerary starts from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II – the central station square of Pisa. Here are the Palace of the Post and Province and if you arrive by car, there is convenient underground parking.
A stone’s throw from the square is Europe’s most giant mural, “Tuttomondo” by Keith Haring. The work dates back to 1989. It is as large as the facade of the building that houses it and is worth seeing. Continuing along that same road you reach the Lungarno.
From many preferred than the one in Florence, the Lungarno of Pisa hides little-known beauties such as Santa Maria Della Spina, a Gothic church built on the banks of the Arno.
We continue and walk along Ponte Solferino until we reach Via Roma. From there you arrive at the most famous square in Pisa.
Campo de Miracoli, or Piazza Dei Miracoli, with its leaning Tower, the Baptistery of S. Giovanni, the Duomo and the Museo delle Sinopie. It’s all in the same location that makes the visit very convenient.
Thousands of tourists visit Pisa every year to admire only this square. In particular, the Leaning Tower or Bell Tower, monument symbol of the city, has become the protagonist of many selfies among tourists from all over the world. No one can escape the charm of the photo, in a plastic position, to straighten the Tower.
CURIOSITY ON THE TOWER
The Tower, about 57 meters high, was inaugurated in 1373 after more than a century of work. In 1990 consolidation work began which led, in 2008, to a reduction in the slope by moving the tip of the Tower by almost half a meter. The success of this work of “restructuring” is due to the cooperation between the Polytechnic of Turin, University of Naples Federico II and the Imperial College of London. The next consolidation should take place in about 300 years.
We move from Piazza Dei Miracoli and easily reach Piazza Dei Cavalieri, the second most famous square in the city, preceded only by Piazza del Duomo. Today it is a prominent cultural center due to the presence of the headquarters of the famous Scuola Normale di Pisa as well as the Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri and the Palazzo dell’ Orologio.
WHEN TO VISIT PISA
I recommend visiting Pisa during the spring or maybe in the summer if you then plan to take a ride on the coast. However, if you want to see something very suggestive, I suggest you pay a visit on the day of the Luminaria of San Ranieri, which for 2019 will be June 16th. For the occasion, the Lungarno is wholly illuminated, and around 23.00 starts a fireworks display on the Arno.
AND THEN .. SEA
Everyone says that the sea in these areas is not spectacular. I mean it depends on what you want. If you are looking for the sea of the Costa Smeralda, you will never find it.
However, if you are looking for a Blue Flag beach, to relax on a hot summer day, and eat excellent fish at reasonable prices, we advise you to move a few kilometers and go to Tirrenia. We suggest:
CORAL BATHROOM. Its pizza restaurant will captivate you with fresh scialatielli with seafood and fried fish. The mixed fish appetizer is also excellent.
If instead, you want to spend a day on a secluded beach, not equipped and with few people, we recommend the Bocca del Serchio beaches – in Tenuta di Migliarino. It can only be reached by boat, which is why it is not very crowded. If you have a dinghy or a small vehicle you can get there in about 10 minutes of navigation. Attention: here, you will not find bars, restaurants, or public baths. Bring everything from home.