One of the symbols of Italy, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is located in central-western Tuscany, covering a stretch of coastline, wide plains and rolling hills that include the Colline Metallifere to the South.
What to see
The Campo dei Miracoli complex, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consists of a piazza of monuments of inestimable value and great appeal for tourists, they are the most representative structures of the city. The white structures of the Duomo and the Baptistry, both in Pisan Romanesque; the Camposanto Monumentale; and the Bell Tower, known as the Leaning Tower and standing out against a green lawn. The Tower’s incline, due to subsidence, has made this monument famous the world over, and it is by now the official city symbol.
What else to do in Pisa
Among the major tourist destinations is the coast for a vacation full of fun and sport. Equally important are the thermal baths of San Giuliano Terme, Uliveto Terme and Casciana Terme, famous for the therapeutic qualities of the waters.
The countryside and green areas offer endless possibilities for excursions, trekking, trips on mountain bike or horseback. Routes in the Volterrano area are particularly interesting, amidst the magnificent scenery of the badlands.
Of the local festivals and commemorations, the luminaria of San Ranieri takes place in Pisa in June, while the Regata delle Repubbliche Marinare (Regatta of the Marine Republics) is held every four years. Numerous festivals celebrate local products, including the Cherry Fest in Lari (May-June) and the National White Truffle Fair fo San Miniato (October).
What to taste
Among the typical – and rather particular – recipes are San Michele’s haricot bean soup, bavettine pasta with fish, and mollusk soup. Highly notable are the fruits of land, from mushrooms and chestnuts to sweet corn and truffles.
Second courses include several special dishes, e.g. pork liver, eel and stockfish (cod).
Production of cold cuts is quite profuse in the Province of Pisa, pleasing palates with sausage, buristo toscano (black pudding) and pancetta.
Typical deserts include the torta coi bischeri, made with pine nuts, chocolate, raisins and candied citron. Pair it with an excellent Vin Santo del Chianti. Other great local wines include Chianti Colli Pisani, Rosso di San Miniato and Trebbiano.