The famous Leaning Tower is just one of the architectural wonders gracing Pisa’s legendary Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles). Visitors rush from Pisa hotels to gaze on the toppling Torre, which shares the grass with the centuries-old Duomo, the cake-shaped Baptistery and the Camposanto walled cemetery. You might even surrender to the urge to be photographed “holding up” the tower.
A small city, easily explored on foot from your hotel, Pisa boasts a proud medieval past. Dotted around its museums and piazzas are time-worn frescoes and spoils from the Crusades, including the famous bronze Hippogriff in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.
Indeed, travellers who choose to stay at tasteful hotels in Pisa will discover new sides to this ancient city that the day-trippers often miss: the oldest botanical garden in Europe, sweeping views from the Torre Guelfa, the delicate Gothic church of Santa Maria della Spina.
Between the city and the sea is the tranquil San Rossore nature reserve, while back in the centre, the restaurants flanking Vettovaglie market are piled high with local seafood. All proving that Pisa has so much more to offer than a single iconic building.