Just 20 minutes from Pisa on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea lies Marina Di Pisa, a long narrow stretch along the beach lined with restaurants and a pedestrian-only boardwalk.
A tranquil end to a touristy day in Pisa or nearby Lucca, Marina isn’t full of museums and historical monuments. It’s understated and relatively quiet, but that’s what makes it special. There’s nothing that you have to do here, no boxes to check off, no maps to follow. It’s just a walk with a view of the endless sea, a place to dine and watch the sunset.
Park in one of the parking lots at the entrance to the town and walk down the boardwalk or stop at one of the little beaches along it. The beaches change a little. Some are full of smooth white stones and others have a bit more sand. Fisherman stand on the end of the stone piers.
The sea is a clear aqua made pale by the white stones below it.
Most of the restaurants are open for lunch in the afternoon between 1 and 4, then close until 7:30 when dinner starts. In between hours you can take advantage of a delicious focacceria near the church that makes focaccia and calzones fresh while you wait.
If you stay for the sunset, you may be able to see a tiny island in the distance.