5 Things to Do in Pisa (that aren’t the Leaning Tower of Pisa)

Things to Do in Pisa, Italy

We all love to travel and get away from the rat race whenever we can. For me, Italy is the country I love visiting the most. It is one of my most favourite places on earth. The air is always fresh and the people are simply wonderful.

This time around I decide to pay a visit to Pisa, and yes that is the place with the tower that leans a bit to one side, but that did not interest me at all.

Whenever I travel to any part of the world I am more interested in going off the beaten path and taking a look at the other not so tourist friendly attractions.

1. Borgo Stretto

Borgo Stretto, Pisa. Italy

I’m not normally one for shopping even when back home, but for some reason on this trip the bug bit me and I decided to pay a visit to Borgo Stretto, an ancient shopping arcade which is surprisingly lacking in tourist activity. Not that I was complaining, it was nice to mingle with the locals and just take the time to take in the wonderfully quaint surroundings. Since I took advantage of the fabulous deals from the low cost airlines on cheapflights.co.uk, I was able to have plenty of Euros to pick up some nice knick-knacks to take back home.

2. Pisa Baptistery

Pisa Baptistery, Pisa Italy -- things to do in Pisa

The Pisa Baptistery is impressive. In fact, that is an understatement — this massive religious landmark is simply breathtaking. Although somewhat more of a tourist attraction, it is still quiet enough to be enjoyed on your own.

3. Anything but Pizza

Torta co’ bischeri

Everyone who hears the name Pisa automatically thinks Pizza is the main dish, but you would be surprised to find that there is a wide variety of foods which look nothing like a pizza pie. A lot of the dishes I tried contained fish and I must say I was very pleasantly surprised by just how delicious it all was. Even the Torta co’ bischeri, which is a chocolate cake with a topping of various nuts, was absolutely delicious.

4. Arno Promenade

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After stuffing my face I headed out towards the Arno Promenade, which as it is name may suggest, straddles the beautiful Arno River. I’m not normally a clubbing kind of person, but I thought since I made the effort to get this far across the Atlantic I should let my hair down for a little bit, specially since it has grown so much with the jamaican black castor oil amazon that I now use.

More often than not you will find places like the Arno Promenade are packed with tourists but sometimes there is just no avoiding such situations when you’re on holiday, and to be fair I had a great time mingling with the locals as well as people from my own country and others.

5. Santa Maria Della Spina

Santa Maria della Spina, Pisa

The following day before heading home there was one last place I wanted to see. Santa Maria Della Spina church is not some magnificently huge religious landmark, nor is it tiny. It is one of those places where most people will happily continue on by to the larger landmarks yet this building is an absolute gem. It is stunning in its architecture and the sense of peace I felt just standing outside was well worth the trip alone.

So you see, the main attractions can be good, but if you visit Pisa, make sure you leave your pizza at home and bring a sense of wonder to this beautiful place.

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