Pisa is a small city, perfect to be covered on foot in one day. Everyone knows it for its Leaning Tower, but there is more to do in this beautiful Tuscan city as you can see in the long list below within this Pisa travel guide.
HOW TO GET TO PISA
There are directs flight to Pisa which you can find using Skyscanner. I actually traveled to Pisa in order to visit Cinque Terre. Additionally Pisa is super well connected with all of Italy by train, you can buy train tickets here. My recommendation is that you bundle a trip to Pisa to one to Tuscany or Cinque Terre.
Cinque Terre had been on my bucket list for ages (thanks to Instagram), and I managed to visit during Covid! The pictures of the gorgeous towns is something most of us probably recognise. Cinque Terre attracts 2.4 million visitors a year to trek, boat and train their way through its dramatic cliffs and picture perfect coastal villages.
WHAT IS CINQUE TERRE?
Cinque Terre is a stretch of the Italian Riviera which consists of five, UNESCO protected villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. They are all perched within the Cinque Terre National Park and protected by the sparkling Mediterranean Sea to the west.
Each village is its own beauty, most of them share the pastel buildings and pristine sea views, but each has its own different vibe. The Cinque Terre is located just south of Genoa in north-west Italy in the region of Liguria.
The day came when I finally visited Tuscany! I had long longed for this dreamy destination after seeing so many movies that feature it: Under The Tuscan Sun, Life is Beautiful, Stealing Beauty, etc and just word out there about how wonderful it is.
Tuscany Roadtrip Itinerary: How to get to and around Tuscany
The best way to get around Tuscany is with a car as there are so many small towns to visit not easily reachable with other forms of transportation, so for my visit to Tuscany I planned a roadtrip itinerary which came out just perfect. I recommend you book a car using Rentalcars, get full insurance, and avoid Goldcar and any other brands that are ridiculously cheap and not international. I’ve heard horror stories from them. On my trip to Tuscany I got Alamo and it was perfect, you’ll be fine with any other well known brands such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, Enterprise,Hertz, National, etc.
Genoa is not Rome, Milan or Florence. It is not touristy or polished. In fact my first impression was that it was a bit gritty. But Genoa is authentic, it’s a real city and it is an open air museum. Give it a chance, and I promise you you won’t regret it. Plus it’s cheap and the food is great!
HOW TO GET TO GENOA
There are directs flight to Genoa which you can find using Skyscanner. Additionally as Genoa is a major city it is super well connected with all of Italy by train. My recommendation is that you bundle a trip to Genoa with one to Cinque Terre and Portofino.