Pisa and its beautiful area: the San Rossore Park, the Littoral coast, the Monti Pisani, the Colline Pisane, the Val di Cecina and the Colline Metallifere region
The city of Pisa is known worldwide for its famous leaning tower, arguably the most famous in the world for its unusual slant. But the beauty of this city doesn’t end with its famous tower, nor end with the other wonderful monuments in the main square, Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles): the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Campo Santo Cemetery. The charm of Pisa breathes in the narrow streets of the old town; with its typical tower-houses in the airy Lungarno, which are perhaps less famous, but equally fascinating. Some of the more interesting places are associated with the memory of the great scientist, Galileo Galilei, who has always remained deeply attached to his hometown. Let Sunny Tuscany & Italy help you discover the wonders of Pisa. By walking on foot in the old center, or admiring the city by small, picturesque riverboats along the Arno river, your trip will surely be an unforgettable one!
The province of Pisa is a natural, artistic heritage spread among the beautiful hills and the pleasant medieval villages deep in the green countryside. The whole area is a true paradise for nature lovers, offering a great variety of landscapes. To the north, you will find Monti Pisani (Mountains of Pisa), full of green reliefs covered with olive trees. To the south, the sands and marls of the Colline Metallifere, passing for the white gullies of Volterra, the red clay soil of the Colline Pisane (Hills of Pisa) and a coastline bordered by dunes and pine forests with numerous seaside resorts.
Near Pisa, you can find the famous San Rossore Park, part of the Natural Park of Migliarino, San Rossore and Massaciuccoli, stretching along the coast through the province of Pisa and Lucca, in an area that was once characterized by lagoons and marshes. Approximately 9000 hectares can be visited on foot, by bike, by horse or on comfortable carriages, always accompanied by expert local guides. The littoral zone of Pisa, with Marina di Pisa, Marina di Vecchiano, Tirrenia and Calambrone, offers long, wide beaches of fine sand, gravel or dunes, surrounded by vast, shady Mediterranean pine forests, with beach resorts, sports facilities and stretches of free beach.
South of Pisa, the Val di Cecina (Cecina Valley) offers the typical landscape of the Tuscan countryside, with rows of cypress trees, olive groves and vineyards, alternating with clay hills and crags of the area near Volterra, which is the artistic heart of the valley. Volterra, the city of alabaster, is a small jewel of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance art. The Cecina valley is also famous for the remarkable natural phenomenon of the “soffioni” geysers of Larderello: distinctive bursts of white steams, which represent the world’s first experience with the use of geothermal power to produce electrical energy. The Cecina Valley and the southern Colline Metallifere region are also rich in mines containing the underground works, such as the ancient copper mine of Campomarciano, the richest in Europe.
The lands of Pisa are also a paradise for foodies, because of its typical products and flavors. The fine wines and olive oils you can discover following the famous food and wine routes are known as ‘’Wine Route of the Pisan Hills’’and ‘’Olive Oil Road of the Monti Pisani’’. To name a few delicacies: the renowned cherry of Lari, with its 19 different local varieties; the “mora” zucchini and the artichokes of San Miniato; the precious truffles gathered on the hills from San Miniato to Volterra are the most valued and priced natural products in the heart of Tuscany.
The province of Pisa is also popular for its thermal resorts, thanks to the richness of natural hot springs, renowned not only for their curative properties, but also for their beauty and body treatments: the municipalities of San Giuliano Terme, Uliveto and Vicopisano, on the slopes of the Monti Pisani, are rich in therapeutic thermal waters useful for rheumatic, vascular and respiratory illnesses, while the bicarbonate-sulfur-calcium waters of Casciana Terme, called “the thermal pearl of Italy”, have been used for centuries to combat arthritis and rheumatisms.