To me, the leaning tower of Pisa is one of the most beautiful attractions in Italy. I love the perfect green grass and its lopsided looks. However this interest of mine is deeper than aesthetics, because visiting the leaning tower of Pisa is one of my first memories of travelling through Italy with my family at seven years old. Unfortunately, in Pisa, there is not much else to see, so it is worth having a wander then moving on to Lucca for the rest of the afternoon.
So what is so magical about Pisa and Lucca, that you just have to see? Here is a one day guide to both cities!
Pisa is a pretty little city thats only main attraction is the leaning tower and surrounding cathedrals. It is leaning due to the softened soil underneath not being able to handle the excess weight of the tower and if you stand close to it, for a split second you might just feel like your balance is out.
‘Thanks to the soft ground, it had begun to lean by the time its builders got to the third story, in 1178… Today, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is more than five metres off perpendicular,’ (Source: Tower of Pisa).
Across from the Tower, there is the Baptistery of St. John and the Cathedral of Pisa that you can check out too. From Pisa Centrale Stazione, it is about a 25 minute walk to the Tower, on the way you’ll cross a bridge and go through the centre which is lovely too. As Pisa is a tourist destination, be prepared to spend a little more if you’re stopping for lunch, otherwise get there early then head to Lucca for lunch instead (like we did).
|While we were in Pisa there was a chocolate exhibition on and damn it was good!|
Lucca is a small Tuscan town enclosed in medieval walls. With its small streets, its like going through a maze to get to the city centre especially if you’re driving – thanks to all the one way streets. I would advise if you do have a car, to leave it outside the walls and travel on foot through the city centre as it is small city anyway. Due to it being a smaller town, we opted to have lunch here and went to a pizza place called Mare Mio as many places were closed due to it being the weekend. Mare Meo offer gluten free pizza which is tasty and cost between 5.50-7 euro. Remember that Lucca is a small sleepy town, so a few hours wandering the streets are all you need.
If you decide to check out Lucca and Pisa when you’re in Italy next, remember that a day trip is enough time to see both towns.