Anyone who thinks of Pisa thinks about the famous Leaning Tower, but Pisa’s lovely streets have a lot more to offer. During my trip to Italy I passed through very quickly but still could enjoy the small things the city offers.
You can walk from the train station in the south to the Leaning Tower in the north part of the city in just 20-30 minutes, which is great if you just have some hours to visit.
Here are some of the things I saw which are not that famous…
“Tuttomondo” mural by Keith Haring.
This mural is on the wall of the St. Anthony church, close to the Central Station. It was painted by Keith Haring in 1989, it was the last one he did before he died. It represents the different aspects peace and world harmony in 30 figures: the “human” scissors represent the collaboration between men to defeat the snake, which is meant to be the evil, the woman with a baby in her arms represents maternity, and the man supporting the dolphin refers to men’s relationship with nature.
Haring asked some art students from Pisa to help with the mural, painting it with the colors which would fit best with the buildings in the city.
If you want to try delicious pasta or rice, this is the right place to go! Hidden in a small street next to Piazza Garibaldi. I loved the place, it’s very small with 5 or 6 tables, they had excellent service and the best food I had on our trip to Italy!
Ponte di Mezzo
It’s the most centric bridge in the city to cross the River Arno and see the nice houses along it. If you stay close to the Central Station, this will be the best way to cross and visit most of the attractions.
Piazza del Duomo
The Tower takes all the credit for the square, but you can also find here the Catedrale di Pisa and Battistero di San Giovanni (which is the largest one in Italy), with impressive Romanesque style. It’s also known as Piazza dei Miracoli (“Square of Miracles”) and the whole square was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Besides all the other sights I recommended, if you’re going to Pisa, you should visit the most iconic spot. it’s pretty fun to watch people trying to take a picture holding the tower anyway. Here’s a video I found funny about a prank made to tourists by Darius Groza.
Do you know any more interesting attractions in Pisa? I would love to hear about them! Comment below!