Within a radius of 15-20 km away you can reach, even by public transport, seaside resorts such as Marina di Pisa with beaches and a tourist port. A brand new bike lane connects the city centre to Marina di Pisa, the so called “Trammino” bike lane.
Then Tirrenia and Viareggio, scene of one of the most beautiful Carnival parades in Italy during winter.
The renowned town of Forte dei Marmi is less than 40 km away. Not far away are the famous Carrara marble quarries which can be visited.
On the road to Marina di Pisa, just 8 km away, you can admire the Basilica of San Piero a Grado, a true jewel of Pisan Romanesque architecture. Here, according to a legend, Saint Peter first landed in Italy in 44 AD, before reaching Rome.
At 10 minute drive from Pisa there is the beautiful Charterhouse of Pisa in Calci founded by the Carthusian monks in the 14th century and renovated in the 18th century; in addition to the possibility of visiting the ancient monastery and the cell of a monk, one wing houses the Museum of Natural History and Territory of the University of Pisa with very ancient finds of great naturalistic and scientific value, including one of the largest collections of cetacean skeletons in Europe, second only to the London Museum, in short, a true paradise for visitors of all ages!
In summer opera lovers can enjoy the Puccini Festival at the open-air theatre built on the shores of the suggestive Massaciuccoli Lake in Torre del Lago Puccini (between Pisa and Viareggio), where Giacomo Puccini lived and worked. The program usually includes the most famous works such as Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Boheme, Turandot, etc. (www.puccinifestival.it/en)
Lajatico, about 30 km away, is the birthplace of Andrea Bocelli. Right there he created the Theatre of Silence where the great tenor organizes a summer concert with many international guests, in an unspoiled and spectacular natural environment (this year on 22nd and 24th July – more info in www.teatrodelsilenzio.it)
Beside the villages, Lucca, one of the most interesting Tuscan art cities, is definitely worth a visit.
Not less interesting are the many picturesque villages such as Vicopisano (fortified in the 15th century to a design by Brunelleschi), Calci with the aforementioned Charterhouse and Buti.
A few more kilometres away, we suggest visiting Lari with its beautiful Vicars’Castle and one of the best artisan pasta factories of Italy. Then Casciana Terme, Terricciola, Fauglia, Peccioli, Palaia and Santa Maria a Monte, all with Etruscan, Roman or medieval origins, with enchanting landscapes and rich in genuine food, wines and folkloristic events. Areas that have little to envy to the most renowned Florentine Chianti!
Volterra, a famous town of Etruscan origins, whose medieval building development has remained almost intact. It is located about 60 km from Pisa.
Not to be missed is the Guarnacci Etruscan Museum, one of the richest in Italy for funeral urns, the Picture Gallery, Priors Square and San Giovanni Square, the Porta all’arco (Etruscan Gate) and the Roman Theatre as well as the many alabaster workshops.
A wonderful Roman amphitheatre dating back to the 1st century AD has recently been discovered and is being excavated.
Last but not the least San Miniato, a medieval town with Lombard origins, chosen by the Swabian Emperor Frederick II as a defense outpost in the 13th century.
It is renowned for its excellent white truffles and is located less than 50 km from Pisa.
In Pontedera, just 25 km from Pisa, you can visit the Piaggio Museum which takes its name from the factory of the same name, where, since the mid-40s, one of the Italian symbols par excellence, the Vespa scooter, has been invented and produced!