Day Trip Suggestions
Within a range of 15-20 km it is possibile to reach, even by public transportation, seaside resorts such as MARINA DI PISA with its brand new marina, TIRRENIA or VIAREGGIO (in wintertime one can admire here one of the most beautiful carnival parades of Italy). The exclusive FORTE DEI MARMI is at less than 40 km.
On the way to Marina di Pisa, at only 8 km distance, one should’t miss to visit the BASILICA OF SAN PIERO A GRADO, a real jewel of Romanesque architecture. Here, according to a legend, Saint Peter first landed in Italy in 44 AD before reaching Rome.
At 10 minutes drive from Pisa one can find the beautiful CHARTERHOUSE OF PISA in Calci established in the 14th century and restored in the 1700′s; besides the possibility to visit the original monastery and a monk’s cell, a wing is house to the Museum of Natural and Territorial History of the University of Pisa showing very ancient finds of great naturalistic and scientific interest, among them one of the greatest collections of cetacean skeletons in Europe, second only to the London Museum, a true paradise for young and adults!
During summer, OPERA LOVERS have the great opportunity of watching the most renowned Giacomo Puccini’s opera’s (such as Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Boheme, etc) at Torre del Lago Puccini (between Pisa and Viareggio), in a suggestive open-air theatre set on the shore of the Massaciuccoli Lake.
LAJATICO, at about 30 km distance, is the birthplace of ANDREA BOCELLI and here he created the amazing Teatro del Silenzio where the tenor organizes a concert in summer with many international guests, in a natural and unspoilt environment of immeasurable beauty.
LUCCA, one of the most interesting art cities of Tuscany for sure deserves to be visited, at about 20 km distance.
Not to be missed are the many PICTORESQUE VILLAGES such as Vicopisano (fortified in the 15th century to design by Filippo Brunelleschi), Calci with the above-mentioned Charterhouse, Buti and, a few kilometres farther, we suggest you to see Lari with its beautiful Castle, Casciana Terme, Terricciola, Fauglia, Peccioli and Palaia only to mention a few, all of them with etruscan, roman or medieval origins and with enchanting landscapes, rich in delicious wine and cooking traditions as well as folkloristic events, no reason to envy the more renowned and busy Chianti region near Florence!
In PONTEDERA, at just 25 km from Pisa, one can visit the PIAGGIO MUSEUM named after the motor-scooter factory, where one of the most internationally renowned symbols of Italy is produced since the mid 1940′s: the VESPA!
Furthermore VOLTERRA, famous town of Etruscan origins, where the buildings of the Medieval era are perfectly preserved, it is at about 60 km from Pisa (one hour drive ca.). Not to be missed is the Guarnacci Etruscan Museum, with one of the richest collection of urns in Italy, The Pinacoteca and the Roman Theatre, as well as the many alabaster workshops.
Last but not the least, SAN MINIATO, Medieval town with Lombard origins, chosen by the Swabian Emperor Frederick II as a defence outpost in the 13th century, famous for its excellent white truffles, it’s at less than 50 km from Pisa.