Pisa Italy | The leaning tower and the best porchetta sandwich

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Gotta love Italian Porchetta
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The leaning tower, Pisa
Our day trip to Pisa Italy

Pisa Italy is a place on many a travellers to-do list and its somewhere I think you have to see at least once in your life.

See below for:
  • How did we get to Pisa?

  • All about the Porchetta Sandwich

  • Traditional sights of Pisa.

  • Take a walk along the river

  • What other Italian Adventures can you find?

How did we get to Pisa?

Having our hotel right next to the train station meant we had, on the door step, access to a wide area of Italy’s Ligurian coast and into Tuscany.

Pisa was only approx 40 mins away and with multiple trains an hour, for only approx €8 each way it was well worth the trip. So off we went.

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The train to Pisa
Pisa train station
Pisa Train Station
All about the sandwich.

Before I get into the “what not to miss about Pisa” I want to tell you that you must, and yes I mean MUST visit the fruit and food market (Mercato Delle Vattovaglie).

The market is open from Monday to Friday in Piazza delle Vettovaglie.  

Its where most of the locals do their shopping but the reason I want you to visit is that, in the market, there’s a man who sells porchetta sandwiches and I will be honest with you this is the best sandwich you’ll get anywhere in Italy.  

Go to the market, buy a sandwich and I promise you, you’ll thank me later. 

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Chris and the best porchetta sandwich ever
Pisa
The best porchetta sandwich
The traditional sights of Pisa Italy you don’t want to miss

Pisa was very much picture postcard with all the sites located in one area and looking exactly like you’ve seen on televisions, on postcards or in books.

It was absolutely swarming with people and I’ve never seen so many selfie sticks in my life and people trying to take the quirky picture of holding up the tower.

It was fun to watch. 

The Leaning Tower of Pisa 

Originally built as a freestanding tower bell for the nearby Cathedral 850 years ago, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is now an attraction on own. You can also visit the inside of the tower and go all the way to the top to enjoy the view over Pisa. 

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Pisa
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta 

This cathedral is also known as the Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta, the Cathedral was designed with strong Byzantine influences and boasts fascinating Pisan Romanesque architecture.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Pisa
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta 
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Pisa
The Baptistery 

This is the third Pisa attraction in the “Piazza dei Miracoli” trio – with the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Leaning Tower of Pisa being the other two.

The impressive size of the Baptistery stamps its dominance in the square, boasting a touch of Oriental influence and a slight tilt to match the adjacent tower.

This was by far my favorite attraction when we visited.

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Pisa
Take a walk along the river 

After visiting all the main monuments you can make your way to River Arno for a beautiful and tranquil experience. 

The river Arno, which also flows through the nearby city of Florence, cuts through Pisa and offers an incredibly stunning view.

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River Arno Pisa
Pisa
River Arno Pisa
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