'Le Balze', Volterra, Pisa Province

'Le Balze', Volterra, Pisa Province

photo by Manfred Heyde (wikimedia commons)

Motorhoming in Pisa

photo by Loulou73 (wikimedia commons)Leaning Tower photo by Loulou73 (wikimedia commons)

Pisa is often combined with a trip to its more popular neighbour Florence, however there are a few things to do here and because it’s a place where most people come on a day trip.  Here you will find that it’s easier to find a nice uncrowded spot to stay if you have a campervan hire or motorhome rental vehicle.

Services for Motorhome Rental vehicles.
Whether you are staying here for the day to visit Pisa and then move on, or whether you are staying a few days and travelling into Florence, the area has some good places to stay if you have a campervan hire.  There are 4 Aree di Sosta in Pisa and 3 in the outlying villages some with free shuttles into the city, there are also 12 campsites with facilities for campervans.  For more information visit: http://www.turismoitinerante.it/php/sosta/italia/risultati.php (Italian version)

Top things to see and do

Visit the Leaning Tower.  Originally built as the bell tower of the cathedral, the 180 foot Tower of Pisa was built in 1173 and took around 200 years to complete and just like some of Italy’s builders today, they didn’t get the foundations quite right.  The tower was built on unsuitable ground and started to lean as soon as they had completed the third floor, today the tower leans 14 feet to the right.  Buy a timed ticket and climb the 294 spiral steps to the top, the area is pretty flat so the views are pretty ordinary but its good to say you’ve climbed the leaning tower of Pisa.  Top Tip.  Sometimes the tower is closed to allow engineers to try and stop it collapsing, if you really want to climb to the top, check before you arrive to avoid disappointment.

Piazza del Duomo.  Is a huge lawned area containing four ‘masterpieces’ of architecture, the cathedral, the baptistery, the ‘leaning’ tower or campanile and the cemetery.

 One for the girls
. Borgo Stretto.  Not quite Milan or Rome but the Borgo Stretto, Pisa’s large arcaded shopping centre, is somewhere to find a bargain.

One for the boys. If you’re interested in all things mechanical see the methods that engineers have used to try and correct the tower’s tilt.

Just for fun
…have your photo taken propping up the tower.  You won’t be able to resist it; it’s just one of those tourist things.

Pisa is probably a place where you would just spend the day, but with some great places for visitors with motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicles it makes an ideal place to stay, even when you want to travel further a field to Florence by train.

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