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Review: Pisa

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Pizza in Pisa

  • By SilverTraveller tina-fox

    50 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon Ribbon

  • Sep 2014
  • Husband

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We recently had three nights in Pisa ( flying with Jet2 from Newcastle airport) and found it was very easy to get into the centre from the airport. A bus on the Lam Rossa line takes you directly into the centre near the Leaning Tower in about 20 mins for the princely sum of 2 euros. Guide books advise you to get a train the central station then a bus but it is unnecessary. It is also unnecessary to join the long queues for tickets in the airport as you can pay the bus driver directly, or get a ticket from the machine ( though we struggled with this latter). Arrived at lunchtime and found we were very disappointed with our so called luxury hotel Grand Duomo in Via Santa Maria which was nowhere near as nice as it purported to be on the website but it did have the advantage of a super central location from where you could shop, eat and visit the sites very easily. The first day was very thundery and showery so we only did a few short walks. Next day we explored the Cathedral, the Baptistry and the museum Sinope , the main museum being closed for two years! It makes sense to get a ticket for several sites at once as it is a lot cheaper that way. I was particularly impressed with the cathedral which was beautiful and the Baptistry which had superb acoustics demonstrated by one of the guards and great views from the upper storey. We admired the tower but did not go up it, too strenuous , and the hoards of tourists getting their photo taken as if they were holding it up were quite amusing. We wandered down the Borgo Stretto, the main shopping street and visited some of the lovely churches. One of them, St Catherines, had someone playing a clarinet and it was wonderful in such a lovely echoing space. The next day we had planned to get the train but instead succumbed to more wandering and coffee stops – nearly every second cafe is a Gelataria or patisserie and the cakes and ice cream are worth travelling for! We also found the prices for the restaurants to be quite good, much cheaper for a good pizza than in the UK and all of them were very vegetarian friendly with a range of pasta, risotto and vegetable dishes and soups as well as Pizza. The main problem was deciding where to try. We did make it though to the other side of the river Arnot , near to the railway station which was well worth exploring and we went to the Museum Blu ( or blue palace) which was free of charge and also interesting. The next day we were due at the airport for a lunchtime flight but we found that the local area had a morning fleamarket and craftmarket – my idea of heaven looking at antiques in the sunshine! ( and quite reasonable prices too, lovely olivewood items which I would have brought back if I had more time/ euros).



A recommended relaxing short break.

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