Hey there! 🙂
This is a throwback-post to a great week in Italy last year (because winter has lasted long enough ;)).
When my boyfriend and I spent a week in Liguria in summer we could not help ourselves but also plan a day trip to Pisa, since it was only about an hour by train. The trains in Italy are by the way really comfortable and (other than in Switzerland) also quite cheap.
Pisa is a really special city – around the leaning tower there are a lot of tourists of course, however, in the city centre there is a sense of history and authenticity that makes the atmosphere really enchanting. Pisa basically has one big shopping street where you find everything from little local shops to ‘zara’ and ‘mango’ and a lot of restaurants and bars under the arcades.
The square with the tourist attractions on it – the leaning tower, the cathedral, the baptistery and several museums – was quite crowded when we were there. It is apparently rather difficult to climb the tower: First of all it costs 18 euros per person and second we would have had to wait more than two hours until we could even stand in the queue before the tower.
What I would recommend you to do if you go there is to take a picture from the tower from below and visit the inside of the cathedral instead, because that was very impressive and you only have to collect a ticket at the ticket counter which is for free.
In the late afternoon we took a walk along the river that flows through Pisa – the ‘Arno’. The buildings looked so nice in the evening light, especially a little chapel called ‘Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina’, situated directly next to the river. Over the ‘Ponte di Mezzo’ we went back on the other side of the river, where the train station lies.