The thriving city of Pisa is a place that has earned international repute for its legendary leaning landmark. You would be forgiven for thinking this famous structure is the only notable sight, however Pisa bursts with alluring architecture whose fabulous façades and the scenic streets teem with lively locals who welcome visitors with open arms. Exploration of areas other than the leaning tower will afford and authentic and inspiring Italian experience which is difficult to come by in many of the busier cities; prepare to be surprised and seduced by the perfectly picturesque place of Pisa.
A visit to Pisa would certainly not be complete without a visit to one of Italy’s signature sights; The Leaning Tower teeters from the ground at 3.9 degrees off the vertical and soars to a vertiginous 56 metres. Building began in the early 12th century and continued for almost 200 years, when the tower was officially hailed complete. Only a small number of visitors can ascend the tower at a time due to its precarious positioning, so ensure you book in advance if intending to visit.
An alternative attraction arguably one of Pisa’s finest is the Campo Santo Monumentale, a grandiose and gothic cemetery that also boasts a small art museum. After wandering amidst the monolithic majesty of the headstones, duck into the museum in order to observe a captivating collection of Roman sarcophagi and some majestic Medieval frescoes.
Pisa’s culinary scene is as delicious and diverse as its architecture, so ensure you sample some of the signature specialities available. La Mescita is an elegant and refined eatery in which Tuscany’s rich culinary heritage is combined with contemporary creativity. The magnificent menu changes according to seasonal availability of produce, but expect to sample Italian classics full of flavour and flair. (Via Domenico Cavalca, 2, Pisa PI, Italy)