[Banner photo by GabrieleIradio].
Pisa is one of the most underrated cities in Tuscany. That’s what I believe. I am not from Pisa, although I have lived here for more than 20 years now. I have seen the city change (for better and for worse) and I have learnt to love it.
Pisa is not an “easy” city. It’s not one of those cities that win you over the moment you step out of the train station. You need to walk through the center to truly discover its beauty (possibly towards the Leaning Tower and not the other way around). You need to spend a day or two here at least and experience life in the city. It’s a vibrant university city, with plenty of locales, museums, a great theatre, and fabulous restaurants.
Pisa has many secrets: hidden gardens, small alleys, tucked away squares, pretty churches.
Pisa has many faces: it’s an extremely multiethnic city, and the number of ethnic restaurants and shops prove it.
Pisa has many colors: those that tinge the Leaning Tower on special occasions (St. Patrick’s Day, La Luminara, etc), and those of the many works of arts exhibited every year at Palazzo Blu (Modigliani is the latest, Toulouse Lautrec is next!)
Pisa is a fabulous transportation hub: no need to hire a car if you want to visit the major cities in Tuscany, and Northern Tuscany in general.
I would like to share here the most recent promotional video of the city. It’s really nice and finally does the city some justice.
If you plan on visiting the city, please check our vacation rental apartment, Behind the Tower.