Italian Adventure 2 – Part 5 Pisa and the Porchetta Sandwich

This is the last part in our second Italian Adventure series and I want to tell you about our day trip to Pisa. Pisa I a town on many a travellers to-do list and its somewhere I think you have to see at least once in your life.


A day trip to Pisa

How did we get there?

Being 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.


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 Vettovaglie) opens from Monday to Friday in Piazza delle Vettovaglie. It’s 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’ll thank me later.


Traditional sights of Pisa not to miss

Pisa was very much picture postcard with all the sites really located in one area and 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. After we’d seen the sights in the Piazza dei Miracoli we made our way back into the centre of Pisa to the market which was where we discovered the now legendary porchetta sandwich.

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. 


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


The Baptistery – 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.


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. 

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


That’s it for Pisa and our Italian Adventure #2. If you’ve just come to this blog post, part 5 then be sure to check out the other 4 starting with Part 1 – The Italian F1 Grand Prix at Monza.

Italian Adventure 2 – Part 1 Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Monza and Milan

So here we are heading to Italy again for another summer adventure. This time our trip will take us to Monza, Riva Del Garda, La Spezia, Pisa & The Cinque Terre. We’re travelling down by car this time and camping so its a totally different experience to our last adventure last summer. Let me tell […]

Until the next time, Andiamo Amigos !

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