Known all over the world because of the Leaning Tower, Pisa is a must-visit when in Tuscany.

We all know that when in Tuscany, a visit to the Leaning tower of Pisa cannot be missed out on. However, there are so many other amazing things to do in Pisa. Luckily Camping Barco Reale is situated in the heart of Tuscany, allowing you to easily visit this beautiful city while staying with us. Prepare yourself and find out what to do in Pisa.

The history behind Pisa

Pisa used to be a maritime city, being only 4km away from the shore. Due to alluvial sediments from the Arno river that runs through the city, it is now located 9.6km away from the shore. It remains unclear where the name of the city originated from, and for long remained uncertain who founded the city. However, now Archeologists propose that the Pelasgi, the Greeks, the Etruscans, and the Ligurians founded the city. Nowadays Pisa is famous all over the world because of the iconic “Leaning Tower”, but the city has much more to offer than just the tower. There are over 20 other churches, medieval palaces, and other medieval treasures.

What to do in Pisa besides visiting the famous leaning tower?

Famous all over the world because of its leaning tower, you cannot miss out on making a picture with this iconic piece of architecture while visiting Pisa. Did you know that you can even go all the way to the top of the tower to admire the view over the "Piazza dei Miracoli" and the rest of the city. Be aware though, if you want to visit the top of the tower you will need to buy tickets in advance.

Besides the tower you will be able to enjoy the "Piazza dei Miracoli" or the "Square of Miracles" in english. From the Square of Miracles you can enjoy the Leaning Tower of Pisa like said before, but other beautiful buildings such as the Baptistery, the Cathedral, and the Monumental Cemetery are not to miss out on.

Once done we suggest you to walk towards the Arno river that runs through the city. Did you know that at times dolphins can be spot in this river? Have a good look into the water while walking over the Ponte di Mezzo and you may get lucky. Along the river runs the Lungarno Mediceo which is mainly famous because of the Medici Palace or "Palazzo Vecchio", the Church of San Matteo, and the National Museum. All of these may be worth to visit based on your interests.

Of course you can also do some shopping in the main two shopping streets of Pisa: Corso Italia and Borgo Stretto. Pisa truly has something for people of all tastes.

How to get to Pisa from camping Barco Reale?

The best way to reach Pisa from Camping Barco Reale is by car - Pisa has several free parking options. From Camping Barco Reale take the SP9 to Raccordo di Pistoia in Pistoia, from where you can take the highway and follow A11/E76 to SS12 radd/Viale Europa in Lucca. From there take the exit Lucca Est from A11/E76. Once taken the exit you will have to follow SS12 radd and Via Statale 12 to Via Contessa Matilde in Pisa. That's how easy it easy! In just one hour you will reach Pisa from our Camping.

If you are not visiting our camping by car, you can always decide to go by train. Ask at the info desk when our shuttle leaves for Pistoia, from where you can take the train to Lucca. From Lucca you will have to change trains to take the one for Pisa.

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