Cheap flights to Pisa
Pisa combines all the best elements of Italy; medieval architecture, beautiful river views and some unspoilt countryside just waiting to be explored. Pisa is home to the iconic Leaning Tower, one of the most recognisable buildings in the world. But this is a medieval town that offers so much more.
Come here for an exciting history-filled city break, stay a little longer and explore the beautiful rolling countryside of Tuscany, and finish off by exploring the priceless art gallery that is Florence, just 40 kilometres to the east. Stylish, culture-packed holidays don’t come any better than this
Hire a bicycle at Toscana in Tour and explore the hidden corners of the city, such as the splendid Romanesque basilica of San Piero a Grado, 6km from the centre. There are also scooters to rent for the less energetic. www.toscanaintour.it
Hire a bicycle or join a horse trek, guided walk or wagon ride to see the best of the vast San Rossore park, just outside the city. Head for the Cascine Vecchie visitor centre for details. www.parcosanrossore.org
Warm up and wind down with a visit to the award-winning spa in San Giuliano Terme (10 mins by train) where the warm thermal waters have been appreciated since ancient Roman times. www.bagnidipisa.com
Don your running shoes and take part in the Pisa marathon on 20 December. A festive atmosphere surrounds the event thanks to the Family Santa Run, open to all, which follows part of the marathon route. For more information visit maratonadipisa.com.
Take a ride around the sights of central Pisa in one of the horse-carts that leave from Piazza dei Miracoli. The horses are healthy and the carts are comfortable. €40 for a 20-25 minute ride.
The Salvador Dalì exhibition currently underway at Palazzo Blu explores the inspiration the Spanish artist found in the work of classic Italian renaissance masters such as Raphael and Michelangelo. (9 Lungarno Gambacorti, www.palazzoblu.it, until 5 February 2017)
Before leaving the airport, take a look at the nine works sculpted by Korean artist Park Eun Sun using the prestigious local marble which has been prized since the days of Michelangelo. Until May 2017.
Pisa's Teatro Verdi has an interesting programme of opera and dance this month. The opera Aida is introduced during a free foyer reception on 9 January while the performances are 30-31 January, and the ballet season includes Tosca X on 14 January. www.teatrodipisa.pi.it
The riverside Palazzo Blu is currently hosting a major exhibition with over 150 works by Toulouse-Lautrec. Well-known pictures by the French artist include his famous Moulin Rouge poster. Until 14 February 2016, toulouselautrec-pisa.it.
Take the train to Pescia (one hour away) where a shuttle bus connects with the Pinocchio park at Collodi, the medieval village where the story's author lived. It's a delight for kids and nostalgic parents alike and entry includes a visit to the tropical butterfly house and historic gardens. www.pinocchio.it
The annual Pisa Book Festival promotes independent publishers, mostly from Italy. However this year's special guest country is Scotland so there'll be appearances by Scottish authors including William McIlvanney, pioneer of the Tartan Noir. 6-8 November (free entry on Friday), Palazzo dei Congressi, Lungarno Buozzi.
Visit San Miniato (45km from Pisa), a charming medieval hill town and well-known truffle centre. Wine and craft stalls jostle for space among the many dedicated to the aromatic tuber during the annual truffle festival (weekends 12 November-4 December); the aroma is intoxicating. www.sanminiatopromozione.it