The Tuscan Countryside – it’s a sensual wonderland steeped in the vineyards, rolling hills lined with endless olive groves, tangerine sunsets, and the musky smell of the earth.
It truly is the dream. But then there are the cities – popular, crowded, sometimes unbearably so. There’s no denying Pisa is one such corner of Tuscany. But when a city houses an attraction as popular as The Leaning Tower of Pisa even the most skeptical of travellers are willing to discard the Tuscan dream, if only for a day.
Most tourists visit Pisa on a day trip from the neighbouring Italian city of Florence. Pisa is sold as a package tour alongside cheese tasting in the countryside and a visit to an ethereal vineyard surrounded by rolling hills. You know what they say – if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
This kind of package tour might ferry you to Pisa but its regimented rhythm won’t allow you to absorb the importance of Pisa’s cultural and historical sites. We would highly suggest spending a night or two in Pisa instead of opting for a day tour.
We thought we’d keep the Tuscan dream alive by opting for dreamy white clothes. I can safely say this gorgeous dress is perfect for everything – a stroll in a city, a countryside jaunt, a spot of beach bumming – you name it. It’s virtually backless, making it ideal for a hot summer’s day when you want nothing besides gauzy layers of pristine white goodness wrapped around your body.
I play favourites with dresses all the time and tirelessly wear a dress till it’s begins to look decidedly raggedy. This wispy dress definitely one of those pieces.
Savi Wears :-
White Maxi Dress – still available at Lookbook Store (I love it! 🙂 )
Sandals – Peter Hahn
Vid Wears :-
Tropical print shirt – Topman
White chinos – ASOS
Shoes – River Island
If you do decide to spend a day or two in Pisa, make sure you stay in a rental apartment. We’ve spoken of our fondness for apartment rentals in Europe before – they’re cheaper and offer a perfect introduction to the less known residential alleys of the city. If that doesn’t convince you, just check out the entrance to our rental apartment in Pisa below. It was housed in a crumbling historic building and we wouldn’t change a thing about it.
Pisa is at its most magical late at night, when the tourists that visit the city on day trips have left. This is the only time that the Leaning Tower and its surrounding monuments seem to emit an exquisite glow which makes them seem special. Take a look :-
Bruised Passports’ Tips for exploring Pisa in a day
- Combine your visit to Pisa with a country-side retreat in Tuscany. If you visit the area just for the Leaning Tower, you’re bound to leave disappointed.
- Try not to visit Pisa on a day tour. The city is at its best early in the morning and late at night – when the day trippers (is that even a word?) have dispersed.
- Avoid overpriced hotels and stay in a rental apartment – you can acquaint yourself with Pisa’s gorgeous residential areas and save a bunch of cash while you’re at it. As always, we stayed with GowithOh and loved our apartment. We have a great discount code for our readers which you can avail by booking with GowithOh.
- You can visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, explore the complex, and climb up the tower during the day. But don’t forget to return to it late at night. The entire complex is lit and there are never more than a handful of people around. Sheer magic 🙂
- Make sure you set aside some time for a long walk by River Arno that flows through Pisa
- You know Vid’s fondness for good quality coffee – we strongly recommend a visit to Filter Coffee Lab. It’s at 47, Via Santa Maria which is just a 5 minute walk from the Leaning Tower.
Have you been to Pisa ? What did you like most about this busy Tuscan city ?
If you, like us, are obsessed with the food and culture of Italy, then don’t forget to check out our favourite things to do in Italy
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