Pisa

pisa tuscanyPisa is a city full of art and culture to be discovered on city breaks, rich with Romanesque churches and is home to an important university. The most famous tourist attraction of Pisa is most certainly the Leaning Tower, a freakishly beautiful building found in the Campo dei Miracoli, where together with the Dome, baptistery and Camposanto complete these white marble medieval masterpieces surrounded by green lawns, and is open to the public with timed visits.

The dome has an original bronze doorway with scenes from the life of Christ. Borgo Stretto is Pisa’s smart street with elegant shops meanwhile the market is held daily except Sundays in Via Dini where you can take part in Pisan life.

For a relaxing day under an umbrella, follow the course of the River Arno, towards Marina di Pisa where the coastal areas extend towards Tirrenia and Calambrone with beaches furnished with sun loungers and shaded by parks with restaurants, hotels and nightlife.

Volterra, a hill top walled medieval town is worth a visit during city breaks in Pisa. Today Volterra lives for tourism with great views, enjoyable walking and is home to one of Italy’s important Etruscan museums. It is also at the heart of a mining region which yields alabaster with many shops selling artefacts.

Not to miss is Palazzo dei Priori an eye-catcher built between 1208 and 1257, said to be one of the oldest palaces in Italy, and Piazza del Duomo built in Romanesque style.