01 Jun 2013

A fabulous oasis only a few minutes outside the city center of Pisa.

The Park of San Rossore in Pisa

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I have lived in Pisa since 1994, and yet I had never visited the Park of San Rossore until some friends invited us to go with them for a picnic on May 1st this year. The park is a popular destination for holiday picnics among the locals.

San Rossore Pisa

(Photo by Swisen72)

I had always heard that the park was an amazing resource, a vast green oasis only minutes outside Pisa. Indeed it is. It is also famous for its popular hippodrome.

San Rossore Pisa

(Photo by Swisen72)
The park of San Rossore covers an area of over 24,000 hectares (60,000 acres) and stretches along the coast of the provinces of Pisa and Lucca.
It is made up of several estates with very diverse features: the Estate of Borbone and the Maquis of Lucca, the Lake and Marsh of Massaciuccoli, the Marsh of Vecchiano, the Estate of Migliarino, the Estate of San Rossore, the Estate of Tombolo and the Estate of Coltano. Some of these estates are freely accessible, others (e.g. the estate of Migliarino) can only be visited if accompanied by a guide. Only part of the Estate of San Rossore is open to the public, and part of the Estate of Tombolo is a military zone.

San Rossore Pisa

(Photo by bene_romani)

San Rossore Pisa

(Photo by Roman_77)

The park can be visited on foot, on horseback, by bike, and also on a horse-drawn carriage.

The closest area to the city is the area of the Cascine Vecchie (which is where we went on May 1st). There are ample meadows for picnics or simply to lie in the sun. These areas are the most crowded on popular holidays: families spend the afternoon barbecuing, playing soccer, or simply having a drink.

San Rossore Pisa

(Photo by gP84)

Other areas of the park are wilder. Paths cut across thick maquis, woods, marshland and finally reach the unbuilt beach at Vecchiano, one of the few remaining stretches of unspoilt coastline in Tuscany and probably in the country.

San Rossore Pisa

(Photo by Zebet)

San Rossore Pisa

(Photo by FranzPisa)

The park has accessible paths, so it is a great destination also for disabled visitors and people travelling with young children in a stroller.

San Rossore Pisa

(Photo by francescaturchi)

San Rossore Pisa

(Photo by Marco Menu)

Make sure you have a good sun screen and mosquito repellent. The bugs can be annoying.

The park can be reached by car, taxi, bycicle, and by bus (the hop-on hop-off bus). Free admittance. The official website is www.parcosanrossore.org.




  1. When I visited Italy in 2009, Pisa was the one place that called to me. Unfortunately as my tour schedule was packed, I didn’t get to see anything of what I wanted. If/when I go back, Pisa is my #1 destination.

    • It is a nice, underrated city.

  2. Hi, very nice blog, conrats. Can I use your market photo of Pisa for my new website , now online? I would like to put your blog’s link on my website, I have many foreign tourists and your posts are just so useful and original!
    Come and visit us… Giulietta

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