Famous for it’s many bridges, delicious ice cream and wonky architecture, Pisa is a must see when visiting Italy. It is only a small city but this means it is easy to explore in just one day.
One of the great things about this little city is that you are never far away from the airport or train station. Stay at NH hotel to be 10 minutes from the airport and across the road from the train station! Perfect if you are passing through and for making the most out of your stay.
Grab an ice cream
Rumored to be the best in Italy, venture to Gelateria DeColtelli for handmade ice cream that has to be tasted to be believed. Hidden under metal lids to keep its freshness, Italians know this is how to store the tastiest ice cream, so avoid the honey trap tourist ice cream parlours. You really will notice the difference.
Be a tourist
You can’t visit Pisa without seeing its most iconic landmark, the Leaning Tower. Head north were you will find the tower and its neighboring museum and baptistery. It's free to walk around and take photos on the lawn, we had great fun trying grab a ‘leaning tower’ photo. Restaurants often take advantage of the sheer number of tourists and raise their prices around this area, so venture south towards the bridges for more authentic and affordable cuisine.
Dine like a local
Heading over the bridges back towards the station, stop off at Restaurant Il Campano for a spot of true Italian food. Specialist in sea food and pasta dishes, this quaint little restaurant is tucked away down a side street next to the daily markets and is perfect for a little people watching.
Dotted in between the narrow streets you'll find local markets and cafes full of Italian specialities. These are not only great little pit stops along the way, but the ideal places to pick up gifts such as oil, pesto and pasta to take back home.
Most attractions in Pisa are within walking distance of the train station, making it easy for inter railing or a flying day visit.
After our day exploring we headed on the train to Florence for a few days, look out for my guide to Florence coming soon.
Have you ever been to Pisa, what did you think of it?