Pisa will always have a pisa of my heart. That was an awful pun sorry. You might know that I went to Tuscany for my birthday a few weeks ago with the sibs and it was such an amazing weekend break. Our base was a homeaway in Pisa (more on that later) and from there we took trains and such to travel out. As a place Pisa is pretty small. I’d say there are two different hubs, south and north of the river. The south side has the train station, lots of houses and one main commercial street with shops, cafes etc. The north has the iconic tower, restaurants and the nightlife. We were based on the river which was a lovely view to eat breakfast to (and the gelato shop next door didn’t hurt).
So now to the tower itself! We actually visited twice, once at night and then also during the day. At night time it’s lit and feels just like a movie set as you’re approaching. We were walking there and suddenly when we turned a corner the tip top of it peaked out. I can honestly say it is a leaning tower, it is wonky and it is quite dramatic. At night no-one is really around so it’s a great opportunity to get your go-to photos providing you bring a tripod and manage to get enough light. Nothing is open of course but the night time light and creepiness of the place is really cool.
When we went in the daytime we climbed up the tower. We reserved our tickets online which I’d recommend as they were sold out on the day. Climbing the tower is just a lot of stairs going round and round but then there are two viewing platforms at the top. The view is pretty decent from the top and you can see all the bells up there. You don’t really feel like the tower is leaning when you’re at the top but I did get a weird vertigo at some points. It’s a bucket list item to go up the tower and also get the much-needed leaning against it shots. People watching here is amazing as seeing everyone lean for photos is beyond ridiculous (it’s also fun seeing people get creative with their shots).
I really enjoyed Pisa and getting to stay there as our base. It’s a small city but with the warm weather, a gelato place right next door and a view of the Arno – it was dreamy. As flights to Pisa are cheaper than other places nearby, I’d recommend taking advantage and then continuing on. Transport links are super easy (you get the Pisa Mover tram from the airport to the station in ten minutes). Definitely one place I’d go back to in a heartbeat.