Pisa is an extraordinary ancient city, inundated with outstanding historical monuments and surrounded by outstanding 12th Century defensive walls. However, this Italian city of Tuscany is mainly known for one thing; the implausible leaning Tower of Pisa.
Sightseeing is a huge draw, which keeps the Pisa holiday rentals in keen business. The leaning Tower of Pisa is not the only attraction, and nor is it the only leaning building in Pisa. The Baptistery and a number of bell towers (called the ‘other leaning towers of Pisa by locals) around the city are also on a clear slant, also due to the subsidence of the underlying soil. Walking tours of Pisa should take in the botanical gardens of Pisa, founded in 1540.
Taking a holiday rental villa in Pisa during June places you at the heart of the Festa di San Ranieri, which begins at the Ponte di Mezzo. Over 70,000 candles are placed around the city, which gives it a magical atmosphere and even more stunningly attractive.
The shopping in Pisa is much celebrated, with local goods including leather, jewellery, and wine being at the top of many visitors’ lists. As well as many little boutiques, Pisa has a rich tradition of flamboyant markets, where many of the cities products can be found at discounted prices. The hospitable welcome is truly evident in the cafes and restaurants of Pisa, which make excellent places to sit and recuperate after a hard day of sightseeing.
Aside from the rich sightseeing possibilities afforded by taking an apartment in Pisa, there are also a range of sport and leisure activities to enjoy. Golf, horse riding and parachuting have taken of in and around Pisa, and there are several magnificent hiking trails to choose from. The Parco Naturale di Migliarino is located just outside the city and offers some awe-inspiring scenery and a great place to relax and walk.
Lucca is one of Italy’s best medieval cities, with an amazing array of perfectly preserved towers, palazzo, churches and defensive walls. Lucca also offers beautiful countryside, fine beaches and exuberant nightlife, not to mention the excellent gastronomy.
Florence is less than an hour from any of the holiday accommodation in Pisa. Nowhere in the world is there such a collection of artistic and cultural attractions, and the sublime atmosphere easily lets you forget the crowds around some of the more popular masterpieces.
Just outside Pisa is Palaia, whose long history has produced a number of historic monuments which should certainly not be missed from a Pisa villa. San Miniato, which sits strategically between three valleys, also has a magnificent array of medieval landmarks, the pick of which are the dramatic Tower of Frederick and the imposing Duomo or cathedral.
Volterra is of massive architectural interest, built around two castles and an abundance of Etruscan remains.
Pisa does have four distinct seasons. Summer, when average temperatures reach 27°C is the busiest time in Pisa, but spring and autumn are still remarkably pleasant, and the crowds have thinned dramatically.
The Galileo Galilei International Airport (PSA) is very close to the city centre, and there is no shortage of bus, taxi and train transfers available to get to your holiday accommodation in Pisa. easyJethave decided Pisa International airport is going to be one of their main routes, and therefore there are some surprisingly cheap flights to Pisa available, which greatly reduces the cost of a family holiday to Pisa.