Pisa : Tuscany coast, city break and hills
Pisa is best known for its coast and city. This part of the Tuscany coast is great for families and the city has everything for a short city break. Though this part of Tuscany has much more to offer then the leaning tower of Pisa and the beach. The green hilly landscape and nature reserves, for example. We often walk through the stunning park ‘Parco regional Migliarino San Rossore.’ The hills behind this part of the Tuscany coast offer ‘vista mare’ (sea view) which is characteristic of the Pisa region. The strada del vino is a nice route to discover the wines of the ‘Colline Pisane’ and to take home as a souvenir.
Holiday Pisa: 5 tips
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Pisa città: city break
Pisa is so much more than just the leaning tower (Bell tower) situated on the Piazza dei Miracoli. Addition to the tower, on the square of miracles, also called the Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square), we find the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Camposanto (monumental cemetery). Behind this square within walking distance along the river Arno the shopping streets and other squares of Pisa are waiting to be discovered. Along the way ensure to visit Palazzo Blue, the piazza dei Cavalieri and the botanical gardens at the university of Pisa.
The hills behind the Tuscan coast
Vista Mare (sea view) from the green hills, which during autumn are practacly golden are full of hiking trails and mountain bike trails. The small country roads through vineyards and picturesque villages are nice by car and even more exciting by bike or Vespa.
The best villages of Pisa
The characteristic narrow streets, with charming squares and cute houses mad of stone with balconies filled with flowers. We love to tour along the Tuscan villages, it give us a unique feeling. Volterra, Montescudaio, Casale Marittimo, Querceto, Peccioli are definitly in our top 5 villages.
Strada del Vino
Wine lovers can follow the routes along the ‘Strada del Vino dell’Olio Costa degli Etruschi’. The prestigious Sassicaia and Chianti Colline Pisane are to be found in these Pisan hills. During a wine tasting in this area you will taste these wines and less known but just as tasty local wines.
Pisa’s nature reserve
Between Pisa and the Tuscan coast the nature reserve of San Rossore is hidden. During a hike excursion or guided bike tour you will learn about the Mediterranean vegetation and its animals such as sea birds, deer and wild boars. Unguided walking routes and cycle trails, paved and unpaved paths are there explored by the more independent couples and groups. On a less energetic day you can enjoy the nature reserve by taking the little park train. Also very nice experience for families with kids.
How to get to Pisa
The airport of Pisa is nice and small. From here you can take the shuttle into the centre of rent a car. To discover not only Pisa centre but also the Pisan hills, we strongly reccomend to rent a car.