Ciao Amici! It has been so long since I wrote a Travel Thursday post. As you can tell from the title, today we are talking about the lovely town of Pisa, Italy!
When planning our trip to Italy we knew we had to stop in Pisa, so we decided to spend a day d a night as we travelled on our way from Florence to Rome. In hindsight, Pisa is so small and all the main monuments are concentrated in one area that you really don’t need much time to go sightseeing. If you are staying in Florence, you could easily go there for a day trip and be back before bed time.
If you do decide to spend the night in Pisa, I highly recommend renting an Airbnb. We stayed in Gianluca’s Airbnb, which was a small and eclectic flat with an amazing view of the city. Can you spot the tower?
Our Airbnb was just a small walk away from Piazza dei Miracoli. If you are not familiar with Pisa, most of its famous landmarks can be found in Piazza dei Miracoli. You can choose to climb the steps of the Leaning Tower, walk inside the Baptistery, , or walk among the marble walls of the (cemetery). You definitively will need tickets to enter these wonderful monuments. Skip the ticket office line by buying tickets ahead of time on the Opera della Primaziale Pisana‘s official site here. Unfortunately, I was injured for most of our trip in Italy, so I decided to not climb the Leaning Tower, but rather take a rest day. When you are on a backpacking trip, you really want to take care of yourself. I am glad I listened to my body.
When you are ready , head over to the restaurant district on Via Santa Maria, right off of Piazza dei Miracoli. There are several restaurants to choose from, just make sure to read reviews beforehand. Most restaurants in this area are tourist traps. They mostly live off their awesome location. We decided to take a chance and stop at Antica Trattoria Antonietta and have a meal with a view. You can literally dine under the Leaning Tower. It does not get any better than that! I had some warm Gnocchetti alla Sorrentina and Chris had a nice Risotto Pescatora. He was dying to eat some.
In the same district, you can also find some coffee shops and bakeries. Since it was such a warm day, we opted for a delicious gelato from Cafè Pasticceria I Miracoli. It was so yummy!
After dessert, we walked over to the square and took the obligatory pictures “holding the tower”.
Imagine standing in a square crowed with people attempting to take the perfect “holding the tower” shot. Everywhere we turned we could see people getting in the most awkward poses holding thin air. It is quite funny. In the end, we spent a long time just basking in the sun on the Cathedral’s steps while laughing at people’s poses and reactions. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea 😉
Pisa is truly beautiful and it’s skyline is breathtaking. If you have the opportunity, schedule your stay in a high place so you can enjoy the skyline. We all fell in love with the balcony at our Airbnb, we decided to stay in for the night, grab some salumi, make some quick pasta, and open a bottle of wine. It was truly a magical and the perfect way to recharge before moving on with our trip.
I hope you enjoyed this post. There are many more to come. Please feel free to contact me if you are heading to Italy and want some advice.
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