As you may know by now, I spent 8 days last September on a mini road trip in Italy – from Rome to Florence and back again. But when we were based in Florence, we decided that being that close to Pisa and not visiting would be criminal!
So, on our penultimate day in Florence, we hopped on another Italian train, except this one was more regional compared to the high speed one we took between Rome and Florence. But it was a double decker train which I found far more exciting than I probably should have! But a short hour long train journey through the gorgeous Tuscan countryside and we arrived at Stazione Pisa Centrale and only one word could possible some up this quaint little town for me.
Now, I probably felt more like a tourist in Pisa than I have in any of the other places I’ve visited. Probably because we only spent a day there and literally only went sightseeing so we didn’t get a chance to get to know Pisa, but also because, as expected, there were hundreds of tourists visiting their own famous landmark; the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
I do have to make a bit of a confession! Me being a bit of a photo opportunist, a major reason for spending the day in Pisa was so I could get this standard Pisa snap! Which after several attempts and putting my hands in different positions, we finally managed to get!
We walked through lots of small streets lined with shops and restaurants and the buildings towered over us on both sides. But after about a 10 minute walk from the station, the streets opened up and we walked out into this huge square that was filled with the Leaning Tower, the Baptistery and Pisa Cathedral (and of course loads of tourists!!). It was quite a magnificent feeling when the tall buildings just peeled away and revealed this gem in the middle!
My only issue with Pisa is that there wasn’t much else to do and see. There was certainly not enough there to spend a whole holiday there, hence why I so desperately wanted to go as we were in Florence. We did wander round the square that contained the Leaning Tower and you can pay to get into the Baptistery and the Cathedral and you can climb the Tower – but unfortunately it was towards the end of our trip and money was tight so we opted to not explore inside! But if I ever get the chance to go back, that will be the first thing I do! There were some beautiful buildings around the town and as we crossed the River Arno back to the station to head back to Florence. Crossing the river I captured this shot which I think shows the beauty of the town and the stunning surrounding countryside, outside of the Leaning Tower and the tourists!
There is more to Pisa than simply a tower which unfortunately I didn’t really get to experience in a day. But I’m so glad I did go! I’d love to hear from other people who have been to Pisa and learn about what you got up to and how you would describe the town!
So that is my last blog post about my mini Italian road trip! Check out the other ones if you missed them! But it’s Arrivederci to Pisa and Italy for now…🇮🇹 I wonder where my travels will take me to next. ✈️