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
Pisa parties each June with the Luminara (16th) when 70,000 candles light up the river, and the colourful San Ranieri regatta the following day. This year it's also Pisa's turn to host the Regatta of Italy's Ancient Maritime Republics (18th), a costume pageant and race against rowing-teams from Venice, Amalfi and Genoa.
This year's dance season sees classics such as Romeo and Juliet (16 February) alongside dynamic contemporary choreography including the humorous, athletic Eureka (6 January) and an evening dedicated to young choreographers (4 March). www.teatrodipisa.pi.it
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)
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 coastal town of Livorno makes an easy day out from Pisa (15 mins by train). It boasts two fortresses surrounded by water and some excellent foodie specialities including cacciucco, a hearty seafood soup.
Visit the charming city of Lucca, just 20km away (30 minutes by train). Don't miss the unusual oval-shaped Piazza Anfiteatro and the picturesque Romanesque cathedral. Stretch your legs with a walk along the historic city walls.
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