Just how many Pisa attractions are there, anyway?
Pisa’s rôle as a tourist attraction is limited mainly to this Piazza del Duomo and it’s ridiculous bell tower, though there is a decent collection of churches and palaces around if they’re of any interest. Judging by the dull Duomo interior we were not optimistic, nor did the streets or cafés offer much encouragement to hang around so we decided a long afternoon in Pisa was just about enough.
However, the great advantage of Pisa is its international airport means you can stop over briefly en route for/from somewhere more lively and with a broader range of sights such as Lucca (about an hour’s drive) or Florence (about 90 minutes drive). All three cities are in Tuscany.
Piazza del Miracoli, with the Baptistry on the left and Pisa Cathedral on the right. Photo by Mihael Grmek.
Out of the picture further right is the bell tower, aka The Leaning Tower. Neither the Cathedral nor the Baptistry gave any buzz to the Bugcrew, tho’ the walk to the top of the Leaning Tower was quite a thrill, albeit after a long wait in line beforehand.