Marina Di Pisa, Italy

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. 

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I've always traveled, but I discovered the intensity and joy of culture while living abroad with my husband and four girls, first in Germany and then in Spain. That time among cultures observing details and participating in local celebrations gave me a hunger for more. I write of that here, the places I go and people I connect with, the flavors and sensations of being somewhere new, and the things I learn along the way. In every place, my camera is with me. Photography is another pursued passion. And coffee. There's always coffee.

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2 Responses to “Marina Di Pisa, Italy”

  1. Anonymous
    January 25, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    What can I say? Thanks, Tiffany, for all the beautiful words spent for Marina. That’s my father’s birthplace and most of all is the town of my heart, where I can find quietness while I’m tired or stressed. Everything you said is right and at the same time I want to tell everybody who will read this post that Marina di Pisa isa the ideal start place for holidays in Tuscany!

  2. January 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    :) Thank you for stopping by and commenting. What a special town to call home. I was very happy to spend some there. It is very peaceful. Grazie!

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