The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of those classic “check it off the bucket list” locations. So when we were traveling throughout Italy during Nomad Life Month #1, we realized that it was a super easy day trip from Florence! We had to go!
Sorry, I Left You Hanging!
If you’ve been reading the blog since early this year, you may remember that I was recapping our first month of Nomad Life in Italy. I left you guys hanging after my The Best Sandwiches & The Best Views in Florence, Italy post and hinted that we were going to talk about a quick day trip on our way back to Rome!
Well, that day trip was to Pisa and the blog post is finally here. Let’s get into it!
Travel Logistics to Get to Pisa!
We woke up before sunrise, got ready, and finished packing because we were leaving Florence to go home to Rome! However, we did some research and realized that adding in a stop to Pisa only cost 9€ and took 1.5 hours. Pisa was absolutely worth detouring for!
Where to Book Train Tickets
Here’s one of Jess’ Big Travel Tips – We always book train tickets through Omio.
They have both a desktop and app version and it’s super easy to use! You type in the city you’re coming from and the city you’re going to, and Omio will provide all of the train, bus, and flight options available for you to get there!
The times are listed out clearly, you can see which ones are the cheapest and fastest, and it has been so reliable for us all year long.
I definitely recommend using Omio whenever you book train tickets in Europe! We love it!
(except if you ever make a mistake with the date, they do not budge on their no-refund policy. So double-triple-check before purchasing!)
Early Morning in Pisa
After our quick little train, we wandered out of the train station and it rained on us quite a bit. It was November 1st, aka the day after Halloween. Halloween isn’t technically a recognized holiday in Italy, but man, was it quiet in Pisa at 8 AM! We couldn’t tell if it was because everyone was recovering from the night before or if it always is just this quiet.
You could hear the birds chirping and actually feel the stillness.
The buildings are very colorful and there was barely anyone walking around. It made our 21-minute walk over to the Leaning Tower quite enjoyable!
Breakfast at Filter Coffee Lab
We walked to a cafe called Filter Coffee Lab for breakfast! Italy isn’t really known for its breakfast options (they usually just serve espresso and pastries!) so it was really exciting to stumble upon this place.
Filter was trendy, ambient, and had great food. It is what you call… “a vibe.”
I got avocado toast with bacon and eggs and orange juice. Steven got a salmon bagel and iced coffee. I’m just so thankful we got to fuel up with some good breakfast food!
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Itself
Filter Coffee Lab was super close to the Leaning Tower, so we headed there next and it was SO BEAUTIFUL. The weather was overcast and cool, which is perfect Pisa weather, in my opinion! And getting there early was a huge plus so your views/photos weren’t overcrowded with people.
For some reason, and tell me if I’m crazy for thinking this, I thought the Leaning Tower of Pisa was all by itself. However, there was a whole slew of buildings there! There’s the Leaning Tower, of course, but also a Cathedral and Baptistry! They were stunning!
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of those places where you just have to take touristy pictures. 😂 So we took a whole collection. Please enjoy:
And most importantly… we had to tribute the absolute classic “A Goofy Movie” with the “Leaning Tower of Cheeza” reference!
It really the coolest photo op, so I made sure to help other people take their picture. Then those folks graciously returned the favor for us! I especially wanted to make sure solo travelers got their pictures because I know how it feels to be at such an iconic landmark and to want something a little more elevated than a selfie!
It started raining as we were heading out (Pisa was crying that we had to leave so soon!) but truthfully it added to the ambiance. If you’re ever in Pisa on a rainy day, just take it all in! It had such a peaceful feeling to it. I think that was one of my favorite aspects of the day.
So that’s about it! We grabbed magnets and postcards, pulled up our Omio tickets, and took our train back to our Homa in Roma! 🇮🇹
Doing a day trip to Pisa can be as simple as that! We felt so satisfied with our little visit and our photos, and now I can feel like I checked such a well-known place off my bucket list.
I hope you enjoyed coming along and reliving our day trip to Pisa with us.
Until next time… here’s to doing what makes our souls shine! 🥂☀️
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