Pisa might be a city which boasts relics and architecture that are hundreds of years old, but this city is still the perfect holiday destination in 2021. The excellent food, world-renowned attractions and nearby coastal beaches all combine to make for the ideal holiday destination this year. Situated in the sought-after region of Tuscany, this surprisingly compact city has a long and varied history, and has been greatly influenced by its marine locality. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is, without question, the most famous attraction in the city but there's much more to discover besides. The nearby beaches are stunning and can easily be visited for a day trip, and there are many child-friendly attractions which makes travelling with the little ones a breeze. Finish off your day with some excellent food and a cocktail by the river and you're in for a simply amazing city break in Pisa.
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Piazza dei Cavalieri is the main square near Pisa's most famous sights
Palazzo Blu for art and Sinopie Museum for history
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Central Pisa is divided into four main quarters which several attractions located in each. The most famous of which is the Leaning Tower. This accidentally leaning tower is the most iconic attraction in this delightful Tuscan town. The structure was initially the bell tower for the adjoining cathedral but has since become synonymous with the city in its own right. Recent conservation has ensured that the tower is not stable – since the reason for its tilted appearance was due to dangerous subsidence. The tower is located next to Duomo di Pisa which is home to famous creations by artists such as Giambologna and Della Robbia. Entry to the cathedral is free and tickets are available from the front office. One one Pisa's principle squares is Piazza dei Cavalieri. This stunning plaza is home to many famous buildings such as Palazzo dell'Orologio and Chiesa di Santo Stefano. There is much more on offer in Pisa than architectural wonders. The university’s botanical gardens, the first in the world, can be visited for a few euros and were created from money left by Cosimo de Medici in his will.
While people tend to think of a holiday in Pisa as being a city-based attraction. However, Tuscany is home to some of the best beaches you'll find in Italy. To the north of the region is the Riviera Apuana and Lunigiana. The coast here is lined with ancient castles and fortifications, and there's plenty of walking opportunities in the lush vegetation which surrounds the golden sands and blue waters. If you're seeking out that classic long stretch of stunning Mediterranean coastline then head to Versilia. With almost 300 sunny days a year, and moderate temperatures all year round, it's no surprise that this part of Tuscany if popular with the region's elite. If you want to stay a little closer to the city then you can reach the beaches and coves just west of Pisa in well under an hour. The beaches here have a rustic charm and are surrounded by pine forests. Despite the strong underwater currents, there are many beaches which have been equipped with rocky barriers to make the waters safe for swimming.
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