The Streets of Pisa
There is more to see than just the Leaning Tower!
When most of us think about Pisa, Italy, we immediately think of the Leaning Tower. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is amazing. It is not to be missed. Pisa has more to offer, though.
Pisa rivaled Florence in medieval times. Today, away from the Field of Miracles, where the Leaning Tower resides, the crowds are much less than Florence. Yet, it still has a charm. It remains beautiful with medieval and Renaissance architecture.
Shops and cafes line the narrow streets of Pisa. The main thoroughfare through town is pedestrian friendly. Modern sculpture intermingles with aged buildings. From the train station to the Leaning Tower is 2 km/ 1.25 miles. It makes a nice, scenic walk.
Pisa is a college town. The University of Pisa was originally founded in the 1300s. Galileo Galilei, the father of modern physics and the scientific method, was born in Pisa. He studied and taught at the university. This science nerd was thrilled to tour here.
When you visit Tuscany, by land or by cruise ship, do not miss the Field of Miracles and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. But, do not bypass the rest of Pisa, either. Take a little time to wander the Streets of Pisa. I recommend that you skip day tours. They drop you off right at the Leaning Tower. You spend a lot of money and miss the rest of the city. The Italian train system is wonderful and easy to use. Pisa is an easy train ride and Florence is just a little further.
We will have an upcoming post featuring the Field of Miracles and the Leaning Tower.