Headed to Pisa in July and wanted to see what people recommend for beaches around it? Definitely headed to Castiglioncello, but the other days are up in the air.
We'll be doing a day in Pisa, a day in Castiglioncello, and a day in Siena (unless someone can argue the case for a different Tuscan city), which leaves two more beach days, so if you have one you know of, I'd be so happy for the answer!
I am sorry. We did not go to Pisa on any of our trips. My uncle, who travels extensively in Italy, has called it a tourist trap and waste of time; he is usually right on his assessments.
We have been to several of the walled cities, and found Lucca to be charming (we had a great lunch at Buca di San Antonio). It is less touristy that Siena or San Gimignano (which has a lot of tourist busses parked outside). The cathedral at Siena is worth seeing, but can be difficult to get to. We parked at a car park near the Hotel Excelsior and took a cab to the cathedral, and explored from there.
Hope this helps. over 9 years ago
I've never been, but I think any city with something as iconic as the leaning tower is going to be labeled a tourist trap, whether or not it is, because, um, tourists are going to go there. We're going to Pisa because the flight isn't much and it's near the coast, versus flying to Rome (the other option) or Venice (where we've both been a few times and adored). Reading about Pisa, I hear you can do it in a day, and we don't plan on spending time there besides a. our flight destination and b. hotel.
Do you know how far is Lucca from Pisa on train? We'll be traveling by train (--which is why Siena was shortlisted as it is only 1 hour and a half or so and we've both been to Firenze before), so I guess the length and whether or not it is even accessible would be good to know! over 9 years ago
Cinque Terre - Monterrossa has the best beach and the most hotels/restaurants. It is a short train ride from Pisa and is awesome. It is five towns all along the coast, and they are connected by hiking trails. The shore is very steep there so they had to create these immense terraces that are hundreds of years old. There is a local train that connects all of the towns together. over 9 years ago
We strongly preferred Lucca over Pisa, but they are not far apart by train. In Lucca, ride bikes around the rampart then pick a spot and wander until you reach the tower with the trees on top. No need for a map.
Be sure to stop at some tiny wine, cheese, bread, and olive shops on your way through the town so when you get to the top of the tower, you have a picnic in your pack. Nice afternoon or even jaunt through a small town that feels like Venice but without all of the water (or the associated smells and throngs of people). over 8 years ago